Apple iPad 2 review

The best tablet of the year or an unnecessary consumer bauble? We take an in-depth look at the 16GB WiFi iPad 2 to see whether you should deploy it in your business.

Bright and Shiny

Contrary to pre-release rumours speculating otherwise, the iPad 2 retains the 1,024x768 pixel resolution of the original. It's not as high as the 1,280x800 or 1,366x768 resolution of other, as yet unreleased tablets, but we found that the squarer 4:3 aspect ratio makes the iPad 2's screen better suited for reading than a 16:9 or 16:10 widescreen 10in tablet display since we didn't have to constantly refocus our eyes or adjust the angle of the iPad as we read down a page from top to bottom. The 4:3 aspect ratio does increase the size of the black bars in widescreen videos though.

The screen itself looks great. It's very bright, even when reduced to 50% brightness to conserve battery power. Viewing angles are very wide so colleagues don't have to strain their necks when you're demonstrating something on screen. The glass front is quite reflective and picks up fingerprints easily, but it's easy enough to simply wipe them away.

Smile for the cameras

Like the iPhone 4 and the current fourth-generation iPod Touch, the iPad 2 has two cameras, one rear facing and the other forward facing, which can be used for video conferencing using the included FaceTime app. The app can place video calls to Macs, iPhones and iPods also running FaceTime as long as all are connected to the internet via WiFi. We suspect other video conferencing apps will appear shortly supporting the iPad 2's cameras.

Featured Resources

How virtual desktop infrastructure enables digital transformation

Challenges and benefits of VDI

Free download

The Okta digital trust index

Exploring the human edge of trust

Free download

Optimising workload placement in your hybrid cloud

Deliver increased IT agility with the cloud

Free Download

Modernise endpoint protection and leave your legacy challenges behind

The risk of keeping your legacy endpoint security tools

Download now

Recommended

The benefits and drawbacks of flash storage in 2021
flash storage

The benefits and drawbacks of flash storage in 2021

14 Sep 2021
IBM FlashSystem 5000 and 5200 for mid-market enterprises
Whitepaper

IBM FlashSystem 5000 and 5200 for mid-market enterprises

9 Jul 2021
Qnap TS-h2490FU QuTS hero edition review: Smash hit flash
network attached storage (NAS)

Qnap TS-h2490FU QuTS hero edition review: Smash hit flash

18 May 2021
The smart buyer’s guide to flash
Whitepaper

The smart buyer’s guide to flash

30 Apr 2021

Most Popular

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

6 Jan 2022
How to speed up Windows 11
Microsoft Windows

How to speed up Windows 11

7 Jan 2022
Synology DiskStation DS2422+ review: A cube of great capacity
network attached storage (NAS)

Synology DiskStation DS2422+ review: A cube of great capacity

10 Jan 2022