Apple iPad 2
Released in March, Apple’s iPad 2 once again sets the standard for lightweight, portable and affordable computing on the go.
For more information go to http://www.apple.com/ipad/
The iPod Touch’s big brother that the netbook wishes it could be
Netbooks are great when you just want to carry around a small computer to browse the internet and perform some basic word processing. However they are bogged down by full size, unaltered operating systems and software. The iPad 2 seeks to change that by using an operating system and software geared to its unique design and capabilities. At 0.34 inch thick and with a 9.5 inch screen (about the size of four iPhones), it is convenient to carry everywhere with you. Designed similarly to the iPod Touch, it runs apps including mail, maps, calendar, etc. However it is also a full color e-reader, connecting to Apple’s new iBooks store to purchase books online. Plus, iWork has been redesigned for the iPad, allowing you work as you’re out and about. There is not yet a version of Microsoft Office compatible with the iPad, but hopefully it will be coming soon. Until then, you can import Microsoft Office documents and send documents in PDF formats. Of course, iWork for the iPad is compatible with iWork ‘09, allowing you to both import from and export to iWork ‘09. In all, the iPad combines the best of the iPod Touch, the Kindle, and the netbook to make one ultra portable device.
As for changes from the original iPad 1? According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times, “The iPad 2 is the same iPad. It’s just better in every conceivable way.”