The iPad 2 has been announced, finally putting to rest months and months of rumors and speculation. Whether or not you’re impressed with the new hardware is all about personal opinion, but it’s probably safe to say that Apple’s improvements to the iPad 2 versus the original tablet device are worthwhile. But, with speculation swirling that the announcement about the iPad 2 wouldn’t be all that worthwhile before the event, can we say that the industry will be shifted on its side again from the unveiling of this new tablet from Apple?

From a personal standpoint, I can see the iPad 2 as being a minor update for Apple. While the hardware has been updated (which isn’t surprising), the same screen size and resolution is slightly disappointing. I wasn’t expecting a Retina Display, but some change would have been nice. I imagine the old saying, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken” probably applies here. It’s got the same battery life as the original iPad, and despite the fact they’re throwing in a bunch of new features it’s still the same price. Which, of course, is a good thing. There’s no upgrade to memory, either.

As for the specifications themselves: Apple’s got a new, dual-core processor they’re calling the A5. Apple says it’s two times faster than the A4, which is impressive in of itself, and it has 9 times the graphics processing power. It’s also got the same low power consumption as the original A4 processor found in the iPad. It’s 33% thinner than the original iPad, and it’s actually thinner than the iPhone 4, at its thinnest point: 8.8mm. There’s a front facing camera and a camera on the back of the device as well. There are 16, 32, and 64GB options right out of the gate.

It begs the question, though: did Apple intentionally roll out the iPad 2 in a manner that would make some assume something better is coming sooner rather than later? It would be interesting to think that Apple’s focusing on the third generation tablet device, and felt it necessary to simply release the second version of the tablet due to their self-imposed yearly schedule. That may seem like the case to some, but I can’t agree with that.

Even if the iPad 2 is a stopgap of sorts, it isn’t a bad tablet by any means. It’s still a top-contender for the King of Tablets crown, especially with the hardware. But, it’s the software that can’t be ignored in its own right: iOS 4.3. It isn’t iOS 5 (so, June then?), but it’s a worthy upgrade. You’ll be able to access all of your iTunes content over WiFi thanks to iTunes’ Home Sharing ability, which is built into iOS 4.3. And for the iPhone 4, there’s a new personal hotspot feature. And obviously Apple made sure that FaceTime made an appearance on the new iPad. It may not be as robust as some would like, or even expected, but at least it’s got new features.

I don’t think the iPad 2 is going to change the industry like the original did, but that’s not surprising to tell you the truth. It is a tablet that’s wroth the attention of customers all over the planet, and I’m sure it will be swooped up in ridiculous amounts, just like the first version, but the iPad 2 won’t be changing any industry standards. Except maybe how thin a tablet can be. What do you think? Is the iPad 2 worth the money? Or will you be holding off for the third version, which is rumored to be announced later this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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Michael Kornick nope motorola's tab is gonna xoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom over it
Gerardo Ortega Noooo, I'm waiting for the one that's beats all, I'm waiting for the HTC TABLET.
Seth Price Only if you didn't already have a tablet.
Brandon Salyer "Android rules" "No iOS is da bomb" "Android FTW" "iOS rapes Android" Word out ya all the 12 year old homies!!!
Kyle Ruben Morris- Kyrumo No, IOS needs a major overhaul feels very dated, and Steve Jobs should stop bragging about battery life when IOS does not have widgets, flash and 4G
Tony Ward Phonedog seem to be apple fanboys, why not call it "phonedog are on apples pay roll reviews". That's about right.
Tony Ward It is if you are a apple fanboy, everyone else thinks it's a waste of time and a apple rip off.
Tom Carpentier and for those talking about price difference, wifi ipad 32GB has the exact same price as wifi xoom. 3G ipad 32GB is 30 dollars cheaper than 4G xoom
Tom Carpentier I found the ipad 2 to be greatly underwhelming, it beats the motorolla xoom on 2 accounts: thinness and weight, and loses on nearly all the others...
Hiroto Ido No it's miner change only:(
Pedro Luis Perez Yes. Android is still half baked and overpriced. Apple, as usual, is ahead of the competition by ay least a year... Maybe 2012 will be android tablet time!...oh wait, the ipad 3 will be out....
Harsha Aithal Good device.. But love to get an Android one..
Johnny Lucas Kalliantasis STOP!!! Don't buy the iPad 2 ... in 6 mouths the ipad KING KONG is coming out! It will make ipad2 look like yesterdays garbage! F&%$ING Apple ..
Masood Jamily I don't know how much it is.
DomiNyc Turner By "worth it" u mean price wise?? Yes. I won't buy it but yes.
Tim Gruber not remotely
Andrew Bui Hell yeah!
Conrad Kovash Only reason I would buy it is because I never bought the original
Daryl Pruitt i dont think its not worth it to own. but i think its not worth it to upgrade from your original. but that wont stop the new every 6 month culture apple users have
Jason Walker Not at all
KJ Allen iOS does not capable of evolving with the same hardware. no updates like Android. You have to always $pend Money to upgrade OS's with iOS.
Marcos Perez Apple duh it's always worth it.
Kevin Koshy Totally worth it. Even if the back camera quality isn't what I expected it to be, it's still a great multifunctional device with the most stable OS I have ever seen and supreme quality apps available for purchase. And to all android users, please stop hating on apple fans. It's seriously annoying to see all the fandroid comments. At least apple apps and their data are supported and more easily supported thanks to iTunes. That's why apple wins the fight in the end. All your media and projects are on one or more apple devices; all it takes is a quick sync over wifi or USB to transfer that data and continue on using award-winning consumer products.
Jason Torchy No update to ios.... no buy. Its so stale, and doesn't give the complete web experience without a flash player with safari. Its great hardware, and this is the most complete tablet experience for the average consumer... but I own a macbook pro, ipod touch and android cell phone device... there just isn't a reason to own one for me.
Sebastian Maroli I think the new tablet will SAMSUNG GALAXY 2 that the first and second flash of honeycomb is a real multitasking as a PC screen and it is true as Big Steve said only 100 apps but that does not mean they do not stop creating more and since when the amount was better than quality, it is true that Ipad revolutionized the market, but today his time watching Ipad 2 and its connectivity and functionality limitations gives me two options or Galaxy Samsung HP TOUCH PAD 2 or thereabouts I think the election vein the new generation of tablets
Joshua Bokelman Sold my old iPad already this iPad 2 is how the first iPad should have been u can't wait for it
Quincy Freeman Also, iPad update I'd say has been a good one. It's far thinner, faster, and has new features. What more can you ask for when updating a product for the first time? The only thing they really need now is a better screen. People are just thinking unrealistically if they thought apple would unleash a new beast with the iPad 2.
Quincy Freeman I find it funny that people compare it to the xoom when the xoom cost far more than the ipad2.
Leo Chuang Bought a xoom, its going back to costco and hello ipad2. Xoom is one huge lagging machine...honeycoomb is not ready yet
Mathew Alejandro No thanks, ill be saving up for a HP Touchpad.
James Intoxication Nwosu fuck never. pure bump. kmt
Thomas Schwartz flash as in Adobe flash
Thomas Schwartz Oh yea, and the camera is VGA...whats up with that....and no flash again iPad 2= a childs toy that only retards waste their money on
Brandon Worley I'll put it head to head w my xoom...
Thomas Schwartz Nope, just a hardware bumb, needs a major software overhaul...and wheres the flash on the camera?...oh and no 4g=fail
Willy Liang Whether it worth it, apple will still have the highest earning revenue!!!!
Rc Cavin Hell yeah
Mohammed Surti Its worth it because its much upgraded and has cameras And a nice processor
Ijaz Afzal Yes to App Store Yes to facetime Yes to availability Yes to off the shelf innovative accessories Yes to the extended warranty Yes to Apple Store and friendly customer service Yes to the new iPad
Silas Peterson I like them but I would rather buy a Windows tablet....
Josh Foster Agree with Jeff Anderson. Is any apple product ever truly worth it? Not a chance.
Javier Adame Nope sticking to my android
Dayne Kameron Neidlinger iPad? Wat. I want a XOOM. None of this iOS nonsense.
Juwon Howard Its still looks the same ui and all except minor hardware changes nothing that stands out for me
Mahmoud Abbas Trash............ Def nor getting one !
Karan Lamba Don't be stupid people, you don't have to pick a team and you cant tell me that the iPad2 is not a bad ass machine.
Stephen Allen Nope. LG Slate for me.
French Twist Not if you already have an iPad. And if you don't, you should pause and start considering the competition. Xoom comes to mind! :) I have an iPad and I'm not trading for the newer model. I'll just sit quietly until I see the Android tablet I really want hit the market, which should be around this Fall or next Spring. No rush :)
ShAn TeeLuck a 16:9 display could have been nice in it.
Mel Arriaga I got the nookcolor & got it hacked...its running android ;)...so yeah its like any other tablet out there...except I got it for 250 ;)
Zach Cline Chris, have fun getting stuck in a two year contract with verizon just to use that overpriced xoom while I use my iPad for free with no contract or data plan.
Zach Cline Xoom sucks
Chris Perry Yea only if you wanna have only half access to the web, tons of EXPENSIVE apps, first generation display, oh and a weak camera to only other apple products. Where's the originality, where's the ability to reach others out of apple. Waste of time, but you apple zombies have fun
David Hore Yes. Main reason is my beats by Dre sound so much better on any apple product than an android product
Welky Pakpahan IPad 2 worth for newbies not for fanboy, what i meant is if u have iPad 1st gen , does not really make a different beside faster, FaceTime, hd recording
Emmanuel Castro Nop. Galaxy tapII, Moto Xoom.
Michael Vicente Is the best tablet
Samuel Bisson To me, as every other apple products : NO.
Tony Abiama Screw these over priced tabs... I'll get a a rooted Nook Color and he done with it
Ele Garcia Nope my alienware laptop is all I need & it still kills the ipad in every category from processing speed,performance & of course gaming & it's 3 yrs old!!!
Derek Hopkins I have an evo and an ipad so yes i will be getting an ipad 2…wifi that is...that said ppl say an ipad is a big ipod…what is a samsung tablet??a big evo? the xoom is nice but it costs too much an they trippin with not putting out a wifi version first..we will see with the google slate tho
Nabeel Konath no because who knows they might release an even newer version of the ipad on september when they normally release all their new stuff
David Hilgendorf Nope and I'm not trying to bash ppl for there preference. I mean with the xoom and soon to be released honeycomb tablets this is a joke. Only thing good in it is the A5 processor, and for the price I guess you get what you pay for. No 4g No gps and worst of all it's made by crapple and introduced by a Goofball who knows android knocked them off there thrown yet still hates on real tablets that run a real os and not a phone os.
Martin Vispo Lol.. Ipad 2 is totallu worh it..hardware wise.. Stability of os and apps... I like android and it had a big potential (its gettign there)... But right now.. Apple still reigns....
Eric Casanova Maybe if it had flash then I would think about it
Carlos Joesph Medina Ill stick with my Samsung tab
Lionel Wright Only products by apple that are actually 'worth it' would be ipods...but that's just my opinion
Fonzy Paniagua Android Tablets Rule !! Wtf is an iPad? A Big iPod. Haha
Dave Uchiha Yesssssss!!!!!!_______!!!!!!
Leonel Bernardo Course not!
Robert Smith plain and simple... NO. I would go into detail but the isheep followers would not be able to follow so whats the point?
Tia West Oh dear...
Matic Krmec Not really.. it does not offer anything new.
Mario Ridgley This is just going to be another disappointing line of rotten Apples.
Alex Lechuga It looks nice but I think the silver one is better color.
Anh-Tuan Le It's worth it because Steve Jobs said it's worth it.
Junior Roman No Apple Is Known For Such Minimal Upgrades Its Pathetic ..... Jr.
Jordan Mosley Yes,if you dont have the original. Im really dissapointed that no one could beat Apple in price though, and the way Motorola is forcing a 2 year contract on us just to get at a competive price is ridiculous.
Kevin Flores Will see millions nonetheless
Matt Jackson The iPad 1 wasn't worth it lol
Harrison Hughes When it gets flash then yeah. The Motorola xoom is pretty snazzy though
Nick Perrien they said whole new redesign...... it looks like the same thing except thinner and cameras and plus the motorola xoom looks waaaaayyyyy worth it
Mike Chavez 6-8 months from now no one will remember the xoom

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