March 10, 2011
With only a day before you can get your hands on an iPad 2, popular tech blogs have been teasing us with their reviews. The verdict? All of them seem to be very impressed. Perhaps 2011 will indeed be the year of the iPad 2. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg focused on some major drawbacks such as the cameras. As you'll notice with most of the reviews, the iPad's cameras are unimpressive. Macworld's Jason Snell was amazed with the iPad's size, stating "The iPad 2 is easier to carry with one hand, and the decreased weight makes it easier to hold for longer periods of time." He was also rather impressed with Apple's Smart Covers specifically designed for the iPad 2. SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen was as interested in the speed of the iPad 2 as I was. He ran some tests, and discovered the iPad 2 has impressive speed. Of course, not many of us were complaining about the speed of the original iPad. TechCrunch's MG Siegler was thoroughly impressed, and indicated he would recommend this to those who do not have an iPad at the moment. The New York Times' David Pogue is sold. In his review he makes us all feel the device is truly magical, stating: "My friends, I'm telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience. We're not talking about a laptop or a TV, where you don't notice its thickness while in use. This is a tablet. You are almost always holding it." Engadget's Joshua Topolsky mentioned that the battery soared past Apple's own claims, surpassing 10 hours by 26 minutes. He also included two great music tracks he did himself (on a plane) using the freshly released GarageBand, as well as a video. In case you didn't know, Topolsky used to be a DJ, so it's worth checking out. There are many more reviews popping up all over the web, but you won't have to wait long before you have your own. Apple officially announced its iPad 2 launch plans for tomorrow, including revealing for the first time that online sales will begin at 1:00 AM Pacific Time, 4:00 AM Eastern Time. As previously announced, in-store sales at Apple retail stores and other retail partners will begin at 5:00 PM. Who is waiting in line. Who is ordering?