Poll: Are you going to buy an iPad 2?

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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    • cphite
    • 9 years ago

    No, because tablets are silly.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

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    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    The refurbished Gen1’s seem somewhat attractive now. These are dumbed-down devices for the non-geek crowd, and I can’t fault Apple for tapping psychologically in the human psyche.

    Ultraportables are still what I crave in terms of the ultimate mobile computing device. Slightly more weight, far more features, connectivity, options. The first time a tablet restricts what I can do with my own hardware would be the last time I bother with them, so I won’t play beyond a curiosity.

    The lack of battery replacement is icing on the cake. We have otherwise perfectly well functioning iPhone 3G’s at work that hold zero charge and are basically useless unless someone wants to replace the battery on their dime.

    • crsh1976
    • 9 years ago

    Not interested in any of the current tablets; I have no use for a lifestyle device that’s “stuck” (imo) between a smartphone and a netbook. For the size and functionality, I much prefer a Kindle (yes I know it’s not the same as a tablet).

    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 9 years ago

    If you’re going to do a poll to find out what game people are most looking forward to, and you don’t want skewed results, you need to give people the option to pick their top 5 (or whatever number). Most people who are into games will buy more than one, so forcing them to pick just one item in a poll won’t give very sensible results.

    It’s the same with polls of greatest ever songs, or car of the year, or favourite sportsperson, etc etc.

    • KoolAidMan
    • 9 years ago

    I’m waiting to upgrade, mainly for the inevitable double res 2048×1536 display.

    Based on the deep and high quality application library, quality of hardware, and price, nothing else on the market comes anywhere close. I just have a hard time making the upgrade right now when the current iPad is already fine for what I use it for. Great in the home and a godsend on business trips.

    I’m a bit jealous of the new form factor, the iPad 2 is now as thin as my Kindle 3, but I’d rather throw down the upgrade cash on the 2x display in another year.

    • jackbomb
    • 9 years ago

    Hellz to the no!

    • hubick
    • 9 years ago

    I use the PC for writing and programming at my desk, the XBox for gaming on the sofa, and want a Tablet for surfing/reading, also from the sofa (or in bed, bulky keyboard and no touch = fail). I don’t really want to take it anywhere, and 3 hours battery life would be fine (I can always plug it in).

    I have an iPadv1 and it sucks.

    1) The browser basically has to evict all but the current tab from memory to save precious limited RAM, and then reload the page when you return (losing anything in any forms like webmail).

    2) Apple email software won’t check for new mail in any folders other than “Inbox”, and won’t let me set the “From” address on outgoing mails.

    3) No real filesystem. I want somewhere I can directly download files from the net to – just to save, or for whatever apps I have installed to use (with no host computer or iTunes involved). I want network shares (CIFS) I can move files to/from that local filesystem with. I want file uploads to work in the browser too. And I want DLNA.

    4) No third party or non-app-store apps and extensions. Like Firefox – damn I miss Adblock and NoScript. And codecs – I want integrated support for WebM/Vorbis/Theora/whatever, both in a media player and in HTML5 audio/video tags in the browser. And if I wanted porn apps, damnit, I should be able to get porn apps.

    5) The hardware sucks – what I really want is a high end $2k system with an 11″ 1920×1080 screen, dual core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a couple USB3 and an HDMI port.

    I don’t think iPadv2 is gonna give me much more. I’m waiting for the rumored Sandy Bridge followup to the ASUS EP121 ( [url<]http://www.engadget.com/tag/ep121/[/url<] ).

      • johndisko
      • 9 years ago

      Half the problems you mentioned can be solved by apps and jailbreak.

      Also, why would you need all this power in a 11″ laptop? 8 Gb’s of RAM ? Really? 1920×1080 on 11″ lol , planning to use CATIA on your couch? 🙂

    • Skrying
    • 9 years ago

    No. No tablet for me. I don’t see the room for one in my life. It has no practical purpose and there’s already more than enough entertainment and interesting things to do. I’m downsizing to a 11.6″ laptop soon and that’s already super mobile, not to mention all the things the average smartphone can do. My iPhone does more than I could ever use. Gadget overload.

      • adam1378
      • 9 years ago

      I agree with no practical purpose. My fiance decided to buy an Ipad and I didn’t question her choice because she was showing interest in tech. The Ipad gets use only when I don’t feel like going upstairs to get the laptop. She doesn’t even use the thing. Plus no flash is extremely frustrating when using the browser.

    • burntham77
    • 9 years ago

    I bought a Xoom and I am very satisfied with it. It’s not perfect, as I had a few app crashes, and the Zinio app is not released yet. But its just what I needed, especially for books.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Probably not. I voted “another tablet” because I’m still waiting on the iPad with retina that will come next year. Once retina comes, it’s unlikely to be replaced any time soon and, even if it were, it’s doubtful that it’d be anywhere NEAR the improvement compared to a retina-like DPI compared to what’s on the current model.

    I think the more tempting deal is not the iPad2, but the iPad 1 for $100 less. Or a used iPad from an about-to-be-flooded ebay. I think the iPad 2 is fine, but I think they’d have blown the doors off with a rebadge of the iPad 1 hardware at $300. Instead, they’ll keep milking the market until a competitor comes up with something to come even close to it. Unfortunately, rooting a Nook Color is the closest the market’s come to bringing tablets down to the masses.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    i dont feel like being a slave to proprietary OS locked down tablets. hopefully windows 8 should solve that problem.

    • mnecaise
    • 9 years ago

    Would require I have money to spend.

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    I’m a no. The few things they updated/upgraded were non-issues for me. My iPad was never slow, and I never heard anyone say anything that sounded anything like “Wow, it’s so thick”, or “Wow, it’s so heavy”. Quite the opposite. iPad 2, as designed by me, would have have doubled resolution/DPI (if possible), doubled storage (no-brainer), and most importantly, doubled RAM (iPad and iPad 2 have 256MB, iPhone 4 has 512MB). The RAM situation actually impacts my user experience on a daily basis. One or two poorly written apps, and that piddly small amount of RAM has been leaked and is unrecoverable.

    Welcome to rebooting twice daily! Win98SE is here, missed you!

    Doubling DPI/resolution would have been nice but prohibitively expensive. Looking forward to it coming around again in iPad3/iPad Pro next spring.

    Doubling storage would have been nice, and easy enough to do, but I’m probably an atypical case, so whatever.

    So what we got: Dual core CPUs, so we can multitask faster, but only until the RAM is gone, when it’ll just crash smoother.

    A faster GPU. Yay? Now we can have more device/market fragmentation?

    An absurdly bad pair of cameras! The frontside 640*480 makes sense, it’s for FaceTime, but I don’t know enough Macolites to make one of those calls. The backside camera…. What’s with that? 1280*720p 30fps video, or 1024*768 stills? Really? The CCD quality looks pretty lousy too, likely on par with the lamentably bad iTouch4 camera.

    I like my iPad 1. I like it a lot. Was planning on upgrading to an iPad 2 up till Steve announced sizes were the same. I could justify selling my iPad and paying the Apple tax again just to get the same but with 128GB…. Now? No sale!

    Better luck next year, Steve!

      • Namarrgon
      • 9 years ago

      The iPad 2 RAM is still only 256MB? Can I ask about the source for that?

        • ImSpartacus
        • 9 years ago

        No official sources, but a London rep allegedly said it had 256MB of RAM and the rep’s supervisor came over and said that they were unable to disclose the amount of RAM in the iPad 2.

        [url<]http://gizmodo.com/#!5774768/does-the-ipad-2-really-only-have-256mb-of-ram[/url<] But like Forge said, the iPad 1 is still definitely relevant. Apple did an excellent job of getting iOS to work quickly on the iPad's hardware. iOS itself has plenty of flaws, but it's still pretty damn polished.

          • Hattig
          • 9 years ago

          I expect that the amount of RAM has not been disclosed to the reps showing the device off. 256MB really doesn’t make any sense, not when the iPhone 4 has 512MB. If Apple has done this then there will be problems.

            • glynor
            • 9 years ago

            I agree. I suspect it [i<]will[/i<] be 512MB. Apple doesn't talk about RAM amounts. They don't even like disclosing their CPU speeds (and don't for the iPhone). They probably wouldn't even tell you how much RAM is in their iMacs if they didn't want to use it to sell you more at unbelievable markups. They don't like to pay the "spec race" game because: 1) that's a commodity market game and they'd lose, and 2) because the software platform really does make a huge difference in real-world performance on these devices so direct comparisons aren't incredibly valid. And I'm skeptical that they'd let detailed specs, which they obviously don't want released, leak to a random floor rep in London. I'm sure the guy "heard something", and it might have even been true, but I don't think I'd consider that a very "trustworthy primary source" in any way. Either way, iFixIt is certainly going to rip it apart at approximately 5:22pm on Friday the 11th, so we'll know soon enough.

          • jdaven
          • 9 years ago

          Another source contradicts this report:

          [url<]http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/03/03/apples_a5_cpu_in_ipad_2_has_512mb_of_ram_same_as_iphone_4_report.html[/url<] Not only did they move to 512MB of RAM but the RAM is LPDDR2 1066 MHz instead of LPDDR1 800 MHz.

      • jdaven
      • 9 years ago

      I too would like to know your source on 256MB being the amount of the RAM in the iPad2.

      • LiamC
      • 9 years ago

      …”So what we got: Dual core CPUs, so we can multitask faster, but only until the RAM is gone, when it’ll just crash smoother.”…

      Isn’t that crash with [b<]creamy smoothness[/b<]? 😉

      • paulWTAMU
      • 9 years ago

      THere were changes I wanted. THese are not them 🙁

      • vince
      • 9 years ago

      You’re not a “no”, you’re a “already own a tablet”!

      HA!

    • blitzy
    • 9 years ago

    hmm after seeing the specs side by side, I would rather the XOOM

    [url<]http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/ipad-2-vs-motorola-xoom-vs-hp-touchpad-vs-blackberry-playbook/[/url<] faster, better display, honeycomb. nice.

      • Hattig
      • 9 years ago

      I’ll wait to see how honeycomb operates first, and how the apps evolve.

      This iPad 2 is a good price (in comparison with the competition), has a decent CPU/GPU/APU/SoC that is more than competitive – the apps are native rather than running through a VM as with Android remember – and you can’t argue with the amount of iPad apps that are already available. And $4.99 for GarageBand looks very neat. The Playbook has weight on its side, but that’s down to the 7″ screen – we will see how that plays out when the reviews roll in.

      Thing is, Apple are going to roll some very decent adverts, and people are going to go and buy them, and they’re going to like their purchase.

      Shame it’s not a retina display – clearly the tech’s not quite there yet. The cameras aren’t great, but they’re for video, not photos – emphasised in the keynote. If they do that well (iPod nano with video got reasonable reviews, this is hardly going to be worse) then it’s a bonus feature that some will use. There’s no way this has less than 512MB too, given the iPhone 4 has 512MB.

      The cover looks very clever – but as someone said – drop it and the screen will shatter/crack.

      I think Apple could have sold more than a few $999 128GB 3G iPads too.

      /owns an Android phone

        • blitzy
        • 9 years ago

        yeah i agree, i was kind of expecting ipad2 to be slightly more ahead specs wise. I wouldn’t have expected such resolution as a 300dpi screen, but just slightly more than 1024, around 1200~ would have been good. ( I try to avoid saying retina because its marketing bs for a higher resolution display :P)

        Apple will still rake it in, and it is an uphill battle for the competitors… Marketing and their App store / iTunes is a big advantage. Most people don’t care that much about specs, they just want whatevers cool.

        I prefer something thats open and I can do whatever I want with, with good specs. ipad2 is lighter than XOOM which I think is a good advantage too. But I would rather not get locked into Apples ‘ecosystem’

          • glynor
          • 9 years ago

          I really doubt that they’ll do any resolutions other than doubled on the iPad because it would fragment the App market, and make it difficult-to-impossible for developers to [i<]nicely[/i<] support the new resolution. And then you'd end up with what you have on Honeycomb. Terrible looking, oddly scaled apps everywhere, and very little running at the "native" resolution of your particular device. The iPad 3 will have a "Retina Display" doubled density. I suspect we'll see it before the end of the year.

        • Namarrgon
        • 9 years ago

        I’m not seeing it as competitive on price… true, there’s a cheaper option with half the storage, but at $600, competing tablets have higher resolution,better cameras, dongle-less HDMI & USB, SD and microSD, Flash support (if you want it), and a more tablet-focused UI too. And at least twice the RAM. Maybe 4x, if Forge is right (surely Steve would have thrown up a “Twice the RAM” bulletpoint if he could?). And for the 3G Xoom, there’s that free upgrade to LTE as well…

        Native vs VM apps is neither here nor there – 95% of most apps’ work is done by the (native) system libraries anyway, and the rest is compiled Java, not interpreted. Plus there’s still the option of fully native code for where it’s really needed, like games.

        Really (as always), it comes down to the apps. I’m sure Android will catch up fast, and the Android UI does a better job allowing legacy phone apps to take advantage of the whole screen, but the iPad will have a significant lead in tablet-optimised apps for a while yet. That’ll count for a lot in many people’s opinions.

          • glynor
          • 9 years ago

          No way Steve would have thrown up a “twice the RAM” bullet. They don’t do that. They don’t play the “compare the hardware features” game.

          Apple never mentioned the amount of RAM in the iPad 1.
          Apple never mentioned the amount of RAM in the iPhone 3GS.
          Apple never mentioned the amount of RAM in the iPhone 4.

          They just don’t do it. Especially on a device where you can’t pay to upgrade the RAM. The only reason they’d mention it is if they stuffed so much in that it really blew everyone else away (like 2GB or something), or if you could pay to upgrade it.

          They aren’t computers, they’re consumer devices. How much RAM is in your microwave or your cable-company provided DVR? That’s how Apple looks at it.

      • KoolAidMan
      • 9 years ago

      The strike for me is ultimately the fact that there are few apps, combined with a customer base that apparently doesn’t like buying applications, therefore keeping developers away and perpetuating an anemic catalog. Android is two years old and the library is still smaller and of a lower quality.

      It is actually more profitable developing for Windows Phone 7, a platform that is only a fraction the size of Android.

      [url<]http://wmpoweruser.com/more-evidence-developers-earning-more-on-windows-phone-7-than-android/[/url<] [url<]http://wmpoweruser.com/despite-the-size-of-the-market-developers-can-already-make-more-money-on-wp7-than-android/[/url<] When people wonder why John Carmack doesn't port the Rage engine to iOS, why Unreal Engine 3 isn't on iOS, why so many popular high quality iOS apps aren't on Android, well, [i<]that's why[/i<]. Time for neckbeards to spend some cash if they want the apps. I dunno, maybe Android users on tablets will spend more on applications and developers will stop being wary of the platform. We'll see.

        • TREE
        • 9 years ago

        I don’t know if its just me at this ungodly hour of night, but your post did not make any sense with regards to porting apps. Also in case you’re wondering, I did not vote you down.

        Anyway to the point, I don’t understand how people keep using this terminology of the Apple ecosystem with regards to the iOS platform. If I buy an app on Android I am essentially ‘locked in’ with it working only on Android. It’s two cats swimming in the same pond here. There is no advantage to be had on the Android platform with regards to software purchasing, networking and device communication. The only advantage (its a huge advantage actually) I can see here lies with Apple’s limited hardware range, which allows for more hardware specific apps.

        From my experience thus far with Android, it is rather nice on a Galaxy S. That’s because smart phones are amazing ‘magical’ little things. However all the problems with the phone right now are plainly software; like lack of Android updates released by the manufacturer, poorly written apps that are so slow they make you cry, a terrible app store that even has malware for purchase. That should tell you everything about Android. It’s actually a burden at this point and if I could get my phone to run iOS natively I would.

        The only problem I see here is that Apple could have made iOS multi-platform and essentially done the Windows OS platform domination of years past with the ARM processor market. Give it a few years and this would spread to ARM desktops when they arrive.

    • Hance
    • 9 years ago

    Already have the first version of the iPad and I see absolutely no reason to upgrade. The less than impressive second version is actually good for us first gen owners.

    • libradude
    • 9 years ago

    Recently got an HP 2740p on eBay for $750 (including docking station) – core i5, 8gb memory, upgradeable to SSD and WWAN, extra slice battery gives me 10 hours, awesome handwriting recognition with multi-touch or stylus, and I’m not limited by anything that Apple doesn’t want me to have. So what if it’s a little thicker and heavier? I will never say “I just wish it had ____”

    I laugh at your ipad 2.

    • RoninGyrbill
    • 9 years ago

    Will use my Nook Color and phone as my “tablet” for awhile yet. Hardware and interesting apps are evolving faster than I care to buy into. I’ll stick with cheap til that pace slows or something really floors me. I’m interested in the upcoming 8.9 inch form factor tablet, 7 on the Nook seems a bit tiny and 10 on the Ipad and Xoom are not what I’m interested in.

      • Namarrgon
      • 9 years ago

      This. I still have my PC and laptop for real work, but the Nook Color (especially with [url=http://cgi.ebay.com/%2450-Coupon-on-Barnes-%26-Noble-Nook-Color-Wi-Fi-eReader/290535929095<]$50 off[/url<] is much more convenient for casual browsing/gaming or showing quick videos to friends. The iPad 2 looks as polished as ever, but I'm not a fan of Apple's form-over-function tradeoffs or their no-competition app rules. The Xoom looks great, but still too rich for me (especially [url=http://www.droid-life.com/2011/02/24/tip-save-25-off-a-799-motorola-xoom-without-a-contract/'<]without[/url<] $200 off). Maybe in 6 months.

    • Jahooba
    • 9 years ago

    I’d get an iPad (and move away from my iPod Touch) when the iPad has 1.) a retina display, and/ or 2.) a stylus.

      • tanker27
      • 9 years ago

      Umm you can buy a stylus for the iPad………

    • ChangWang
    • 9 years ago

    Still loving my Barnes and Noble nookCOLOR running Cyanogenmod 7 (which is Gingerbread based). At $250, thats all the magic I need

    [url<]http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/nook-color[/url<]

    • DrDillyBar
    • 9 years ago

    Silly Rabbit, tricks are for kids.

    • Da_Boss
    • 9 years ago

    Considering I just blew a metric ton of cash on a new MBP, I think I’ll stay away from the iPad this time around… And probably next time, too.

    • blitzy
    • 9 years ago

    If I had heaps of spare cash I wouldn’t mind one to play with, but realistically I would rather buy a decent ultraportable, or even some flavor of Macbook.

    • Synchromesh
    • 9 years ago

    Not interested in those or other iPads. They’re not very useful to me, I prefer a real notebook, not this oversized iPhone.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    No. Have an iPad 1. Not enough of an upgrade for me at this juncture. Maybe once the screen is better I’ll consider it, but as it stands, a faster CPU and a better form factor are the only things it has going for it. I have never once used FaceTime or Skype Video calls on my iPhone 4, and I wouldn’t ever on an iPad either, so the cameras are moot for me.

    Once theres a better screen, I’ll consider it.

    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    It’s a neat device on its own accord. I’m currently without laptop or tablet and if i were to make the jump I’d still buy a laptop hands down. To me, tablets are still a niche device, really useful if you can use them on the go and have a use for them, otherwise they’re an expensive and large play toy you drag with you only if you know the circumstances are right. – Then there’s the whole thing about buying an Apple tablet vs. another tablet, fanboy this and that, blah blah blah.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Not a fan of apple, but wont preach here.

    Instead… someone tell me how you are getting $500 worth of use out of this thing? I feel like these things either collect dust or are simply a time/money sink for individuals who should be doing something more productive.

      • mcnabney
      • 9 years ago

      I bought a Xoom for my mother in law.

      She has no computer (or computer skills), but she had no problem using the Xoom. It also lets her Video Chat with her grandkids for free. The cost made sense because I can skip trying to get her configured with a DSL connection. The 3GB/mo package should take care of her and she can borrow wifi at her friends/family/work and use the wireless everywhere else. Much easier to use than a laptop, excellent battery life, and since she doesn’t need it for productivity there is really no need for a keyboard.
      It is a simple, powerful device that probably could meet the computing needs of half of the population.

      • KoolAidMan
      • 9 years ago

      Being able to do LAX to JFK round trip using in-flight wifi on a single charge is amazing. My laptop lives in the overhead compartment when I’m flying now, no cords to plug in or anything. Godsend for business travel. Based on the number of iPads that I’ve seen replace Thinkpads and such in terminals and business class lounges, I think lots of people agree.

      Using it at home is really nice for the convenience. I’m not tethered to my home office to do email or web surfing or Netflix or whatever, it’s really good. I even watch Starcraft 2 live streaming now, super nice. It’s also great for reading PDFs when I’m working in the field, much easier to manage than with even a netbook. If anything, my laptop has seen less and less use since getting the iPad last year. If I’m going to type anything substantial at home, it’ll be on my desktop anyway. My notebook is basically a really expensive Starcraft 2/LAN party machine now. :/

      I’m going to get a IR blaster kit and app pretty soon, it’ll give full control of my iPad over my home theater. An iPad functioning as a universal remote, [i<]cool.[/i<] The killer app for me would be an imaging app on the level of Adobe Lightroom. I really want it, and it'll probably happen.

        • trackerben
        • 9 years ago

        Something I’ve observed, one really needs to have really used the iPad in all its use cases to understand the ongoing shift in mobile UI and usage preferences.

        For example, the brilliance of the new smartcover, which impresses me not just for its intertwined functions but also because it appears to have been designed to NOT get in the way of other usage shells (i.e. wall and car mounts). The general lack of reaction to things so blindingly obvious to those in the know sort of reminds me of how it was back when the first commercial mice came out, when people were mostly still debating the fine points of keyboard layouts and indicators and seals. Only the few who had experience with the new UI deeply understood the significance of newfangled issues such as button counts, left vs right-handed mouse designs, or click weights.

        Must dive within paradigm to grok the scene.

      • Da_Boss
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t imagine that anyone that visits this site is Apple’s real target market for the iPad. So for your question, you’ll probably not get a good answer here.

      The iPad does 90% of what most people use computers for. Things like email, browsing, and media consumption work really well on it. Add the fact that it’s stupid easy to use, costs 500 bucks, and lasts all day and it’s easy to see it’s a winner.

      In comparison, most 500 dollar ultraportables or netbooks seem to have limited hardware for a PC, and a crapware subsidized OS i.e. a comparatively poor overall experience.

      Again, the fact the a bunch of tech enthusiasts can’t quite see the appeal of a device designed mostly for communication and media consumption doesn’t surprise me. Just trust me that it’s there.

      • yogibbear
      • 9 years ago

      The only people that i see with them at work are the people you know don’t actually do any work. i.e. all those people with titles such as “interface such and such communications support manager” etc.

    • Incubus
    • 9 years ago

    I’m eyeing the upcoming WEBOS 3.0 based touchpad from HP,it looks phenomenal and I’ve using ma Pre for almost 2 years now and am loving every moment of WebOs.

      • jpostel
      • 9 years ago

      seconded. waiting impatiently.

    • trackerben
    • 9 years ago

    Have been using one since the first week, and what I’ve found is that the iPad really needs to be lighter for it to be handier in all transient settings. The webcams are an enabler and those who need them are sure to be happy, and some new games are going to make great use of the faster internals. But “15% lighter” just doesn’t cut it for a next gen iPad. Would have gladly accepted a lesser runtime of 9 or even 8 hours to get its mass under 500g

    • crose
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe, probably.. I see it as an instant-on, easy-to-use computer for my 60+ mom. It’s cheap enough I can buy one and try it out. If it doesn’t work out I can just give it to my nieces & nephews.

    For myself I want something that runs flash.

      • mcnabney
      • 9 years ago

      iPad2 is very similar to Xoom

      About the same prices.

      Xoom gives you more pixels, less bezzle, 4G (eventually) and Flash

      iPad 2 is a little lighter and thinner.

      Personally, I am waiting for a cheaper Tegra2 tablet that is wifi only since I can tether off of my smartphone if I really need to use it on the move.

    • Goty
    • 9 years ago

    There needs to be a “No, my phone is still faster” choice.

      • thesmileman
      • 9 years ago

      We isn’t that special?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 years ago

      You have a dual-core phone? I didn’t think they were on the market yet.

        • Goty
        • 9 years ago

        The Moto Atrix 4G is out, the LG Optimus 2X is out, etc.

          • mcnabney
          • 9 years ago

          Is Tegra 2 faster than iPad 2?

          If so, Xoom is faster as well.

    • thesmileman
    • 9 years ago

    I want to know a few things (I am still getting it)
    1. is it a dual core ARM A8 or an A9. I think the A8 because of the 2X CPU increase statement because the A9 is higher than that.
    2. What is the GPU. I hope it is a SGX543MP 4core version. I think it will have to be to meet the 9x increase as the dual core version is only 4X faster than the SGX535
    3. HOW MUCH RAM does it have. Why this isn’t in the specs is typical apple. I hope it is 1GB but I bet it is only 512Mb. The 256 was a huge issue for my development and I am sure 512 will be as well.

      • Da_Boss
      • 9 years ago

      1. I figure It’d be a dual core A9, as ARM designed the A9 with multi-core in mind, as opposed to the A8. Besides, not going A9 with this seems silly after going all out in the GPU dept.

      2. My thoughts exactly. If I recall, I think that’s the same GPU in the new PSP as well.

      3. With the iPhone 4, Apple did surprise everyone by including 512MB RAM, even though they only used 256MB in the iPad a few months earlier. With that in mind, I imagine they’d go for 1GB–but you never know. This is Apple.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        But then Apple went and put only 256MB in the iPod Touch, so it wasn’t just a “phone-less iPhone” and was more like a scaled down iPad (ie the lowest common denominator of both).

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    No, No, and Hell No. There is no way I’d buy a tablet, let alone an apple product. Stop peddling Apple’s crap, because I will never buy anything they make. I find it hard to believe payoffs aren’t involved in all the “random” apple “news”, but I suppose weak minded individuals could eventually succumb to the RDF over time. I just happen to not be one of those people, ever, with a violent passion.

      • jstern
      • 9 years ago

      I just commented on another place that Steve must have some really close high power media friends because I randomly turned on the tv just to see a news brief saying, “Just one hour away from Apple’s new iPad…” A lot of company pay millions of dollars promoting their stuff, but something is definitely up with Apple. I have much better examples from the ipod days.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        it is getting silly

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          I agree on all of this, but the fact remains that haters hate, and Apple will keep making billions.

          Maybe it [i<]is[/i<] magic - I sure as hell can't come up with any other explanation.

            • jstern
            • 9 years ago

            It’s definitely not magic. The media is own by very few people. I had no bias towards Apple a few years ago, I even bought a Macbook and was telling others to buy one. And few years before that I thought it was strange when on Fox News and CNN they were promoting that Apple was going to revolutionized the world the same way color TV revolutionized the world and all because they I believe added a firmware upgrade that allowed the I think one inch screen iPod of the time to play videos. I thought it was very weird, because for a long time I had wanted a portable little video player that kind of looked like today’s cell phones, that played more than one type of video format, and had a beautiful PSP like screen, yet this firmware upgrade was getting a whole lot of positive press. No bias towards Apple at all, but I thought it was very weird. And if CNN and Fox news kept promoting it as breaking news, I’m sure it was also news in the 10 and 11 o’clock news on the local channels. Advertising dollars are expensive, TV channels just don’t promote things like that, so something is definitely up and it’s not magic. It could simply be friends doing friends a favor.

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 9 years ago

            this, very much this.

            I’ve been banned no less than 3 times from Kotaku for claiming the same thing with their “news” and “exceedingly positive reviews” of crap like COD: Black Ops. You don’t run 20 articles and a custom site banner in a week, followed by the review with ZERO negative language used AT ALL; without someone pulling the strings.

            unrelated note: Gawker failed hard with their site redesign. Makes this place (and their minimal in contrast changes) a true joy to rely on.

            • KoolAidMan
            • 9 years ago

            It is actually very simple. Apple made over 50 billion a year in gross revenue last year, double what they made the year before, exceeding Microsoft’s revenue, and with no sign of slowing down. They have a market capitalization that is second only to Exxon’s. Relative to other blockbuster consumer electronics products, the iPad sold double the number of units in one year than the Nintendo Wii did in it’s first, and more than the XBox 360 sold in three years. By any measure, it is an insane mainstream success.

            That is why they are in the news.

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 9 years ago

            I may be a “hater”, but I am a rational and consistent hater. Apple is one big scam, that sells shiny crap to idiots who like shiny crap at ridiculous prices, nevermind the brainwashing. The brainwashing is the biggest reason I hate Apple. Their products are targeted for pot smoking hippies, not for people who want an actual computing device. Did I mention the ridiculous prices? Maybe if you took the “Apple” out of Apple products, I’d consider their junk, but until then, no.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            “rational hater” and “consistent hater” are conflicting terms. If you’re consistent with your hating, it’s not rational anymore.

            • sirfixalot
            • 9 years ago

            It can be rational.
            If you keep things penned up inside, it grows and festers in your mind, it takes a toll on your cognitive effectiveness, influences your choices, moods, and reactions to various input. Having an outlet for your steam can be healthy, so why not hobby-hate to improve mental health?

            It’s not a perfect solution, but given the limited time we have, the stress, the bombardment of information we experience, it seems like a rational trade off to me to stick with your gut feelings and just go with the hate. Maybe this, at least partially, made us successful as a species, hating what we have makes us do whatever it takes to improve things.

            Of course, like anything in life, you need to be aware of the rationalizations you do, and review the effective value and validity of it once in a while. With gadgets, in particular Apple products, I see no reason why hating cannot be done persistently and consistently, without causing any real damage.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            Ah – such a refreshingly calm and well-formulated post. And I agree 100%.

            But it’s just too much fun to tease faboys/haters to consider that their feelings might be important to them..

            • KoolAidMan
            • 9 years ago

            It sure is funny as hell to watch though. The angry neckbeard tears, the furious stabbing at keys, it is [i<]hilarious.[/i<] >:)

            • KoolAidMan
            • 9 years ago

            No, you’re definitely irrational. Completely irrational, as irrational as the most deluded Apple fanatic.

            Sorry

    • gudanov
    • 9 years ago

    I need an option for “waiting for more choices.” I want there to be some more competition even if I do end up getting an Apple.

    • MethylONE
    • 9 years ago

    Not sure if it counts as a ‘tablet’ or ‘pda’ or ‘mid’ but I have my eye on the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 as soon as it hits retail. (Unless the price is insane…)

      • Ricardo Dawkins
      • 9 years ago

      Get a Samsung Galaxy phone. Get it unlocked on ebay or something.
      I got my Vibrant unlocked on ebay. Pay below 300 USD for it. and i’m pretty happy with my SAMOLED screen, 16GB of space and marvelous phone.

    • jstern
    • 9 years ago

    I really want a Windows 7 tablet. Kind of like this one from the techreport youtube page [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NeHEn5eWmg[/url<]

      • libradude
      • 9 years ago

      If you’re Joanna Stern, I know you loved the TC1100. Give the 2740p a try! 😀

      • sirfixalot
      • 9 years ago

      It would be nice to be able run desktop applications, but the prices, battery life, lack of developers making touch friendly application for Windows 7 has kept me from buying these. A Wacom class stylus and hardware capable of running Photoshop smoothly does make a bit more tempting though.

      In other news, Windows Embedded Compact 7 just got released in a final product version, but there doesn’t seem to be any tablets coming that are using it.

      I suppose it is mainly going to be used for custom corporate in-house solutions, such as equipment for inventory, ordering systems, etc. The rest of us will likely have to wait for Windows 8 to be released.

    • Nikiaf
    • 9 years ago

    I am incredibly tempted by this thing, but the price is a bit steep IMO. It’s gonna be between this and sandy bridge…

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      That’s an odd comparison… those two are meant for completely different purposes

        • paulWTAMU
        • 9 years ago

        yeah but people have limited budgets. I only have X to spend; there’s this and Sandy Bridge and that new rifle that I want and…they all serve different purposes but I can’t afford them all.

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          With a rifle you can get an iPad2 and a SandyBridge for ‘free’.

        • Nikiaf
        • 9 years ago

        I didn’t mean that one replaces the other, that’s not the point. But I only have so much money to waste on things I don’t really need so it’s one or the other.

          • trackerben
          • 9 years ago

          If you can only afford one screen then a laptop should be your priority. Particularly if you’re desk-bound in work or play, because tablet UIs cannot yet match the old KVM paradigm in document and design facility. Between a laptop and a hotspottable 3G smartphone you’d have most mobile essentials covered, I should think.

          On the gripping hand, the iPad is very nice (in fact, the only nice) for transient situations – between desks, in transit, driving, mind-numbing queues, work-outs – and for the occasional setting where handy and quick is the key – in bed, lounging, coffee & meets. Basically, much of my previously computing-free time is now, for better or worse, colonizable by this devilish product of Job’s minions.

          For the moment, and perhaps because it’s new and unpegged, useably low profile, and perhaps because it’s ineffably Apple (my wife and her pretty friends’ opinion, not mine!), it’s ok to slide out one in conformist gatherings where unlimbering your weapon of choice is normally just not done – think public performances or social dining.

    • cegras
    • 9 years ago

    No. I’m looking for a tablet with a stylus. Bar that, there’s nothing in any of the tablets right now that really impresses me. Cameras are only a nice bonus, and ‘smoothness’ is almost a given with any tegra 2 tablet or apple one. Hardware and software, nowadays at least, go hand in hand.

    • leor
    • 9 years ago

    They added good stuff while keeping the price the same, nothing to complain about that. The first ipad always felt like an unfinished product with only 256Mb of RAM and no cameras, and I was surprised at how well it ran everything. Now that they’ve beefed up the hardware and added the cameras, I’m good to go. It compares favorably against the other tablets out there in terms of price and features and I don’t personally have any desire to use SD cards when I can just sync my files, and I have never connected a mobile device to my tv.

    The instant on and long battery life will easily have this replace my Alienware M11x as the default couch browsing and traveling movies device.

    • Elsoze
    • 9 years ago

    WTB a “no, not quite there yet” option.

    Like the cameras, the dual-core cpu and upgraded graphics. Hell the cover thing is even pretty damn smart.
    Dislike the same screen and still only 3G.

    Maybe next year Apple. Though I’m still hoping that there will be a “Droid” type tablet that will show everyone you can have a good tablet that isn’t made by the #2 company in the world.

      • leor
      • 9 years ago

      The Xoom is pretty awesome it’s just overpriced.

        • Elsoze
        • 9 years ago

        I know!
        It’s very frustrating. Who would spend that much for the Xoom when you can get an iPad2 for cheaper?

        • thesmileman
        • 9 years ago

        $39 for what is basically an HDMI cable is what is over priced.

      • FuturePastNow
      • 9 years ago

      Ehh… the cover is a cute trick, but it doesn’t pad the corners, which is where a drop on a hard surface will crack the screen.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    I am filled with shame at my “yes” answer.

      • tejas84
      • 9 years ago

      So you should be……. (shakes head at FuturePastNow)

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