The iPad 2 is upon us and, well, I'm a little underwhelmed. While the dual-core CPU and faster graphics hardware sound enticing, the lack of a swanky Retina-style display is a disappointment. So is the absence of a memory card reader and the fact that HDMI output requires a separate cable that'll run you $39. The second-gen iPad is thinner than the original, though. It also boasts dual cameras and more, er, magic, or something.
There's little doubt in my mind that the iPad 2 will be the most popular tablet of the year, at least in terms of sales. But does it offer enough to entice you to buy one? Let us know by voting in the poll below.
In last week's poll, we asked you to name the upcoming PC game you're most anticipating. Loads of goodness is due out this year, so the standings are understandably tight. Battlefield 3 took top honors with 14% of the vote followed closely by Elder Scrolls: Skyrim with 13%. Mass Effect 3 slotted in behind the two leaders with 11%, while the Crysis and Portal sequels garnered 10% each. Down in the single digits, Duke Nukem Forever received 9% of the vote, followed by Deux Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age II, Guild Wars 2, Batman: Arkham City, and Rage.
I'm a little surprised to see Rage with only of the 2% of vote—that number might've been higher if we'd asked what game engine you're most anticipating. Another 2% of folks are looking forward to playing more World of Warcraft than any of the new releases we listed. A further 9% of those who voted have their eyes on games that weren't on our list.
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