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For its second generation iPad, Apple created a thinner, lighter device with faster processing and graphics, more wireless options, and both front and rear facing cameras.

Out of the box

Identified simply as "iPad" on the box, the new version is packaged with a USB Dock connector cable, a 10 watt USB wall adapter, Apple stickers, regulatory information and a user guide that consists of a card: one side depicting the buttons and connectors, the other side explaining how to plug it into iTunes.

The 3G UMTS version of the new iPad also include a simple tool for popping the SIM card out.





Design compared with the original

The new model has a thinner body with a tapered edges, rather than the square wall edge of the original. This makes it more comfortable to hold in the hand, in concert with its significantly lighter weight.





On page 2 of 3: Sporty handling through tight corners; Face down, as up.

Sporty handling through tight corners

The rounded edges mean that the Dock connector and headphone jack both leave an exposed edge of the jack exposed, but they're still compatible with standard headphones and Dock connector cables, even the original iPad Dock, despite the new shape.

While the exposed margin looks a little alarming, both headphone jacks and Dock connector cables plug deeply enough into the unit to prevent either from extorting a significant risk of bending.

Even the partially exposed Dock connector cable (middle photo, below) exhibits no tendency to pry upward and bust off the delicate internal connector, largely because the edge of the connector fits into the port enough to offset the force of any leverage.

There's also no play or looseness evident when using Docks designed for the original iPad.





The speaker grille has has also been updated to fit the slim new profile. The wake button, volume controls and screen orientation/mute switch are also integrated into the rounded edge, and have a natural, comfortable feel that appears more than capable of handling normal wear and tear.





Face down, as up

Face down, the new iPad looks to be about the same thickness as the square edge of the previous model (and iPhone 4), but its actually considerably thinner, as is evident from the slant of the phone when laid across the back of both models.



Laying on their backs, the difference in thickness is even more pronounced, with the original model appearing to levitate--or beginning where the new model stops. The thin new body doesn't feel fragile or flexible, however. It's rigid and solid, with no flex at all, tight seams, and a substantial feel, despite being light enough to lack the fatigue-inducing weight of the original model when held like a book for extended periods.



On page 3 of 3: Smarter cover; Stand up, lie down.

Smarter cover

Just as with the previous iPad, Apple has created a cover designed to protect and position it in either a tall or flat orientation. The new Smart Covers, profiled in detail earlier, are a nice improvement over the previous design.

The $39.99 polyurethane or $69.99 leather, magnetically retained iPad 2 Smart Covers ship in a retail package that doesn't require scissors to open. Instead, there's an adhesive-backed tab that holds the cardboard back of the box to its clear plastic front.

Unlike the original iPad's cover, the new Smart Cover doesn't add a lot of bulk or cover up the iPad's design; instead, it augments it with a tailor-made finish that snaps into place instantly, and peels back (or even off) just as effortlessly.




Apart from looking sharper and contributing toward a thin, clean appearance, the new Smart Covers are available in a broader range of colors and two finishes: a cheaper polyurethane (blue, green, orange, pink and grey) or a more luxurious "aniline-dyed Italian leather" (cream, tan, black, dark blue and red).



While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature, as the metal rear of the iPad should hold up to normal use without much scuffing (unlike the polished rear of most iPod models), so you won't need to deal with any extra thickness or the need to peel a more complex cover off of the unit to plug in adapters or docks. It was particularly annoying that the original iPad's cover couldn't remain on when plugging into the Dock designed for it.



Stand up, lie down

Rolled up into a triangle behind the unit, the new Smart Cover offers a more stable, hands free way to watch movies or play games; you can poke at the screen without knocking it over. The previous cover supported a similar configuration, but it required folding the back into a slot, and resulted in a rounded base that didn't confidently hold the iPad up very straight.



With the folded up triangle under the top edge laying down, the new cover presents a similarly solid typing surface, with less springy bounce compared to the previous design. It's quite solid, requiring a forceful push to dislodge the the back magnets from the iPad.



The self positioning nature of the Smart Cover works perfectly, and it does not appear likely that the metal strip that connects it to the iPad's edge will scratch or scuff the back. It's also clever that closing the cover automatically puts the device to sleep, and that opening it both turns it on and unlocks the screen (unless you have a security passcode set).

The cover peels up just like a paper back book. It feels a bit heavy to dangle open like the cover a magazine while using (imagine a magazine with a thin, segmented cardboard cover), but you can wrap it around back while using it. The Smart Cover doesn't stick the the back, but it does conveniently fold flat in half under your holding hand, virtually disappearing until you want to fold it back shut. Folded open this way, the cover also leaves the rear camera exposed for shooting video.



While the soft inside lining might prevent lots of dust from accumulating, it doesn't really clean the screen when you open and close it; the very shiny screen still requires a regular wipe to control the fingerprints and specs of dust, but unlike the previous cover, it's very easy to wipe the screen clean corner to corner without running into the cover's edges.

A more in-depth review of the new iPad will take a look at its unique software features and revised internals.
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Actually the description of the Smart Cover makes me a lot more interested if I take the iPad plunge, particularly being able to fold back so it'll remain attached even when held like a magazine.
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Love mine, Apple does it right.
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I can't wait to see what my iPad 2 looks like with it's pre-odered iPad 2 full-body Invisible Shield on. In other news, Apple is sending me a replacement iPhone 1, for a fee, lol. I'd rather save a few hundred euros and get an iPad 2. I'm waiting for iPhone 6

This iPhone 5 mockup from Macrumors with it's same physical size, but 4" screen looks cool though:



I however would like iPhone 5 to look like an iPad 2 Wifi, with a solid aluminum rear shell. Like a sleek extra-terrestrail body from the future. And while you're at it Apple - get rid of the dock connector-port, move to the cloud and build in inductive charging.
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Actually the description of the Smart Cover makes me a lot more interested if I take the iPad plunge, particularly being able to fold back so it'll remain attached even when held like a magazine.

Yah it's pretty neat.. You fold it into a triangle, it props the iPad up.. Either upright or mostly laying flat... You fold it all the way back it lays flush like a magazine, or if you fold it back, but then in half... The magnets clasp to one another and it's flush with itself, leaving the camera exposed.. Or, you can just remove it with a sm all tug. Pretty neat overall, but the only issue I see with it is dirt and hand oils and the tendency for it to transfer those things directly to your screen since you end up touching the inside of the smart cover itself a lot.

The other neat thing it does is if when you peel it back you do it slowly or one panel at a time, the backlight starts dim, then steps up with each panel you roll back when initially uncovering the face of the iPad. It's pretty slick.
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While I've not yet held the iPad 2, I prefer the look of the original iPad. Although, my iPad is in it's case all the time, so I never actually get to see it, except when it's removed for cleaning.
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I was going to pass on the smart cover, but, okay...I'll drink.
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Any ideas why DED would put the original iPad in the case backwards and not fold the flap in for these pics? All that trouble to take nice close ups and missing that seems low rent to me.
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Originally Posted by mbarriault View Post

Actually the description of the Smart Cover makes me a lot more interested if I take the iPad plunge, particularly being able to fold back so it'll remain attached even when held like a magazine.

The magnetic attachment is pretty strong. You can let it hang without fear of it falling off. You can even hold and swing it by the cover (to an extent), but I wouldnt recommend it. Anyway, I think the Smart Cover makes the iPad 2 great.
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post #10 of 78
Can you tell if the sim card slot opener is made out of liquid metal, like the iPhone one?
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Sounds pretty good on paper. But will anyone want to buy it?
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Does it give BJ's too!
how about when my iPad arrives on Friday I hope I can talk to it
and have it telepathically know my every wish.

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Can you tell if the sim card slot opener is made out of liquid metal, like the iPhone one?

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post #13 of 78
This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!
post #14 of 78
I wish I still had my old Apple II - prefer that

Appaently they are selling for $1500 on ebay

This reminds me to keep this for 20 yers and sell it once it is a collectors item

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While I've not yet held the iPad 2, I prefer the look of the original iPad. Although, my iPad is in it's case all the time, so I never actually get to see it, except when it's removed for cleaning.

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I wish I still had my old Apple II - prefer that

Apparently they are selling for $1500 on ebay

This reminds me to keep this iPad for 20 years and sell it once it is a collectors item

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While I've not yet held the iPad 2, I prefer the look of the original iPad. Although, my iPad is in it's case all the time, so I never actually get to see it, except when it's removed for cleaning.

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post #16 of 78
I think that aluminum back will wear or scratch eventually. Here are a couple of possibilities:

Smartcover+Zagg back invisible shield or

Speck's Pixelskin HD Wrap

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-...ase-black.html
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Got mine this morning, even though it was supposed to (according to the FedEx web page) arrive Friday.

Oh. My. God. I love it. I spent most of the day downloading apps and playing with it, and it STILL has something like 37% battery. It's amazing. The apps are great. I've been rockin' out on Garage Band ... how fun!

I've never bought anything so much fun in my life.
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Sounds pretty good on paper. But will anyone want to buy it?

Exactly. It's just a big iPod touch
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post

This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!

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I think that aluminum back will wear or scratch eventually. Here are a couple of possibilities:

Smartcover+Zagg back invisible shield

Are you reading my comments again?
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I've never bought anything so much fun in my life.

Good for you man, the world really needs happy people!!
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post

This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!

:-) AI should seriously reconsider their total devotion strategy a little bit.
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post

This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!

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Clearly the Smart Cover isnt designed for overall protection. I dont even know how this fact could escape the two of you.
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Got mine this morning, even though it was supposed to (according to the FedEx web page) arrive Friday.

Oh. My. God. I love it. I spent most of the day downloading apps and playing with it, and it STILL has something like 37% battery. It's amazing. The apps are great. I've been rockin' out on Garage Band ... how fun!

I've never bought anything so much fun in my life.

I never felt that way about iPad 1, but it's understandable with iPad 2. Speed, RAM and weight are the three most important things with an iPad, the fact that it's thinner is a bonus.
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Clearly the Smart Cover isn’t designed for overall protection. I don’t even know how this fact could escape the two of you.

Who said it escaped us?

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But of course, there's more to the iPad than just a screen, and our test device actually got a nasty scratch on the back because there was nothing there to protect it. We love the convenience of the Smart Cover and the way it looks, but if you're seriously concerned about the entire iPad (and not just the display), you might want to check out other options.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/09/ipad-2-review/
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Originally Posted by uguysrnuts View Post

I think that aluminum back will wear or scratch eventually. Here are a couple of possibilities:

Smartcover+Zagg back invisible shield or

Speck's Pixelskin HD Wrap

http://www.speckproducts.com/tablet-...ase-black.html

I don't understand the obsession with protecting the iPad/iPhone. IF you are afraid of dropping the thing, or if, like me you have young kids with zero respect for xaddy's treasured toys, then yes, perhaps. But the thing looks beautiful. It is ridiculously thin. So why would you want to cover it up and make it all fat and bloated. If it gets scratched it will still be beautiful. If it is all nice an shiny but covered up, then what's the point? For me the ip4 is a thing of beauty. With the bumper it is fugly. With a cover it is bulky. I prefer to live with the scratches.
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If it gets scratched it will still be beautiful. If it is all nice an shiny but covered up, then what's the point? For me the iP4 is a thing of beauty. With the bumper it is fugly. With a cover it is bulky. I prefer to live with the scratches.

WTF kind of argument is that? The whole point of people mentioning The Invisible Shield is you get the best of both worlds. Ideally the thing should be both beautiful and scratch-proof. It's not a concern for Apple though - as is plainly obvious when you see the scratch-magnet that is the iPod (touch and Classic). They want you to end up wanting the new model when your old one is left all scratched.
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post

This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!

Apple are incapable of advertising their own products effectively so DED does it for them.

Oh, wait, no... Apple are great at marketing. It's almost like DED is wasting his time...
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I don't understand the obsession with protecting the iPad/iPhone. IF you are afraid of dropping the thing, or if, like me you have young kids with zero respect for xaddy's treasured toys, then yes, perhaps. But the thing looks beautiful. It is ridiculously thin. So why would you want to cover it up and make it all fat and bloated. If it gets scratched it will still be beautiful. If it is all nice an shiny but covered up, then what's the point? For me the ip4 is a thing of beauty. With the bumper it is fugly. With a cover it is bulky. I prefer to live with the scratches.

Hey, don't shoot the messenger- BTW, some of us do have kids. Also, this thing gets tossed in a bag along with other crap from home to work and vice versa.
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Good for you man, the world really needs happy people!!

Thanks!

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I never felt that way about iPad 1, but it's understandable with iPad 2. Speed, RAM and weight are the three most important things with an iPad, the fact that it's thinner is a bonus.

I decided, when iPad1 came out, that I would wait until version 2. And I am totally happy with this purchase. And I can't believe how cool reading is on it. There are TONS of free books. It's a blast.
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I decided, when iPad1 came out, that I would wait until version 2. And I am totally happy with this purchase. And I can't believe how cool reading is on it. There are TONS of free books. It's a blast.

Having owned an iPad from the beginning I can honestly say I'd never read a book on it. When it comes to "books", as in novels, give me real paper books any day, or as a last-resort, my Kindle 3. I love e-ink with a passion, but the Kindle hardware is crap and the display at 6" is far too small. Even the smaller paper books measure 8" corner-to-corner. And that paper is all screen.

I am mad-jelous you have an iPad 2 and I don't though. I sold my iPad 1 a few weeks ago, like a sly little fox
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post #32 of 78
The iPad is expensive. The new cover looks cute but it is only for iPads that remain inside your home. It would do almost nothing to protect it from being inside a back pack or from a fall.

Due to an injury my hands don't work well at gripping things. I would definitely buy some type of case with padding that could protect it from a fall.
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Having owned an iPad from the beginning I can honestly say I'd never read a book on it. When it comes to "books", as in novels, give me real paper books any day, or as a last-resort, my Kindle 3. I love e-ink with a passion, but the Kindle hardware is crap and the display at 6" is far too small. Even the smaller paper books measure 8" corner-to-corner. And that paper is all screen.

I am mad-jelous you have an iPad 2 and I don't though. I sold my iPad 1 a few weeks ago, like a sly little fox

I've been reading mostly poetry, Dickinson and Dante, so it's a bit different than a novel. I did d/l a few novels though, so we'll have to see.

So far, I've loved all the different aspects -- flipping the pages of iBooks, turning though magazines, playing around with Garage Band, trying to figure out how the Twitter app works , messing around with Netflix ... all of it.
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I don't understand the obsession with protecting the iPad/iPhone. IF you are afraid of dropping the thing, or if, like me you have young kids with zero respect for xaddy's treasured toys, then yes, perhaps. But the thing looks beautiful. It is ridiculously thin. So why would you want to cover it up and make it all fat and bloated. If it gets scratched it will still be beautiful. If it is all nice an shiny but covered up, then what's the point? For me the ip4 is a thing of beauty. With the bumper it is fugly. With a cover it is bulky. I prefer to live with the scratches.

I agree. I think people are a little overly concerned with this when it comes to Apple products.

They look so beautiful that people just want to keep them that way. It's a little irrational as by the time it shows meaningful wear, you'll be replacing it. Is anyone still using a 2005 MacBook because they spent good money on a great case for it? If you are still using it, would you really hate a scuff or two on such an old thing?

I keep my MbP in an InCase shell a lot of the time, but that's because it offers genuine protection to real damage that might be caused by careless impacts when out on a job with it as I use it professionally, and because I know the potential resale value of my MacBook is significant.

If it's an iPad, just use it and love it. Who cares about a couple of tiny scuffs on the aluminium back after 2 years of enjoyment? I completely understand why people do care, but I just try to let that feeling go and enjoy using the device.

One thing I've noticed with my iPhone 4 is that the new glass is hard to scratch. If the iPad is the same glass, then this cover would seem a little unnecessary, although it's VERY cool! It does offer good usability as a stand though, and adds some personality to the device.

I haven't held an iPad 2 yet as I'm in the UK, where I'll have to pay twice as much as you guys in a few months when it's finally available (the entire British public knows it won't be buyable next Friday, but Apple likes to think 2 weeks is enough to break the back of US demand :S), but I have to say I really don't think the curved sockets look Apple quality. Leaving parts of the connectors bare just looks bad. I'm a little surprised they did that.
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I thoroughly enjoy reading on the iPad(1 or 2). To me, comparing it to an e-reader such as the Kindle is like comparing a hardcover with a paperback, at least insofar as form factor goes. Sure, E-ink and LCD give you different looks. But you get used to either after a while, except it would be nice to have color on the Kindle.

I also do not understand the point of criticizing the Smartcover for not protecting the back. If you want to protect the back, get a different cover. Apple never suggested the Smartcover was the be all and end all. Also, the paranoia about the aluminum back wearing out is ignorant. Unless you are sanding it down, there is no possible way you can truly wear out the back. Scratching it is a different story. Anodized aluminum does scratch over time. But so do the Macbooks. Does everyone cover the top and bottom of their Macbook? Well, probably some of you do. Ewwwww!
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The iPad is expensive.

That's why 5 of the 6 iPad 2 models are less expensive than the Motorola Xoom which is its nearest competitor. That's why most competitors are selling 7" tablets for the same price as Apple's 10" tablet.
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Having owned an iPad from the beginning I can honestly say I'd never read a book on it. When it comes to "books", as in novels, give me real paper books any day, or as a last-resort, my Kindle 3. I love e-ink with a passion, but the Kindle hardware is crap and the display at 6" is far too small. Even the smaller paper books measure 8" corner-to-corner. And that paper is all screen.
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Dude, why do you even bother with technology at all, you are obviously happier when you don't use it.

I'm a book collector and have at various times worked in publishing and retail, I have a collection of tens of thousands of books but ...

... the second I got an iPad I wished I could digitise the lot of them. Reading books on a device as opposed to the old paper copies is far easier and you can carry a lot more of them around with you. I got three books for Christmas this year and before Boxing Day was over I was looking for them online so I could download them and read them more comfortably on the iPad.

Sometimes newer is just better. I don't think anyone is really going to miss the paper-based book once they get used to the alternative.

I'm already thinking of building a book scanner in the basement so that I can preserve my huge collection of books for the future because most of them are going to turn to dust shortly after I pass away and no one is going to read them if they aren't digitised at some point.
post #38 of 78
I need a full cover and once I put my iPad in the cover I never took it back out.

I really don't care what the back of the damn thing looks like because I use the front.
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I also do not understand the point of criticizing the Smartcover for not protecting the back. If you want to protect the back, get a different cover. Apple never suggested the Smartcover was the be all and end all.

Well said. Some people like to complain about anything and everything.
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post

This article read like an advertisement. Like Steve wrote it himself.

Anyway....

"While the new Smart Covers don't "protect" the back, that's partly a feature"

WTF? Try to drop your iPad on the floor accidentely and see how good the 'feature' works!

There is not a practical cover that will "protect" your iPad if you drop it on the floor. Maybe you should put it in a briefcase bigger than a notebook computer in case you drop it.

There's no affordable insurance for being a moron. If you can't manage not to drop things, don't buy electronics. What kind of hyper-protective case do you need for your keyboard, watch, notebook, remote control, glasses, ect.
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