Apart from ease of use and portability, users also look for speed and functionality in a gadget. The iPad2 has it all. It is slim, light and is designed in such a way that it comfortably fits in your hand. The display is just fabulous; it is 9.7 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1024 x768 pixels. With the IPS technology, the viewing angle is as wide as 178 degree.
Other technical specifications of the iPad2 include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, an accelerometer, a three axis gyroscope and an ambient light sensor, built-in speakers, one microphone, a 30 pin dock connector port and a 3.5 mm stereo headphone mini jack. The iPad2 comes with Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) only and also with Wi-Fi + 3G option. AT&T and Verizon are the networks available for the iPad2. Digital compass is present in both models where as assisted GPS and cellular and Micro-SIM Card tray are available in 3G models only.
The whole world is raving about video chatting; the remarkable feature of the iPad2. Apple has incorporated two tiny cameras; one at the front and one at the rear. These cameras are used for FaceTime video chatting. The front camera lets you see the person you are talking to while the rear camera shows where you are to that person. When not talking to your friends or family, you can take pictures or record videos. PhoneBooth is a built-in application of the iPad2. With the PhoneBooth, you can take photos and make them funny with eight different effects like squeeze, thermal camera, twirl, x-ray, tunnel, stretch, kaleidoscope and mirror.
Along with the new the iPad2, Apple also launched the new version of iTunes; the iTunes 10.2 to offer more support to Home Sharing. The users can now stream any content from the registered iTunes library such as movie, song or TV show to their iPad2.
The iMovies is another interesting application of the iPad2; this app lets you make and edit movies anywhere. In your movie you can add videos, images, sound effects and music and to give it a professional touch, you can add themes and titles. You can even share the movie on the web.
With the iPad2 you can become a musician as it also comes with the GarageBand application availability. GarageBand also called the musical powerhouse lets you create melodies with virtual instruments like keyboards, guitars, drums, cymbals etc. The accelerometer in the iPad2 detects how hard you are hitting an instrument and the Garage Band adjusts the volume accordingly. You can save the song you have made to your iTunes library.
The HDMI connectivity is one special feature of the iPad2 which lets you stream movies and videos to your HDTV via an Apple Digital AV Adapter. The video mirroring option is also available which reflects the iPad2's display on large projectors or monitors.
The iPad2 is packed with a powerful processor and operating system which make it extremely flexible and versatile. The access to Apple Store apps has made it an 'anything anywhere device'. Judging from its popularity and record breaking sales all over the globe, the iPad2 is definitely here to stay.
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