It's the iPad 2 - Apple's second iteration of the "magical and revolutionary" tablet PC!  Aaron gets his paws on it and takes it through its paces in a two-part video review.  To recap, it offers a 1 GHz Apple A5 CPU, 9.7-inch display, iOS 4.3, rear-facing camera with HD video recording capabilities, and a front-facing camera for FaceTime.

At the end of the day, it's nothing more than an evolutionary bump from the original device, but it has far more competition now than it the original did.  Will it be able to make it, or will it fall prey to the Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and HP TouchPad?  We'll find out.  Part 1 of 2.

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Mamahnita Combs
Mamahnita Combs No hey Aaron cam you pm me with more info on the acer iconia smart ?
Fernan Pierre
Fernan Pierre kinda.. here's to hoping on winning one.=]
Prabhath Jay
Prabhath Jay I'll be impressed when u give away that ..
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks I'm a best buy employee. I've had the chance to play with the ipad 2 and xoom. The xoom is way better. The ipad 2 is boring but good for those who are bad with electronics because it doesn't have a lot of features that people will have to learn to use. The xoom is also much smoother
Steve Arnold
Steve Arnold Ill be waiting for the LG Slate. Should be an iPad killer IMO. :-)
Pruteanu Dragos
Pruteanu Dragos xoom vs ipad2 can't wait
Jai Green
Jai Green Absolutely worth it....sold my first one a few months back. So this was nothing to purchase, and I love the recording quality of the camera. I have three daughters and sometimes hubby misses their events. Now I can record it and he can watch it back on this lovely screen, or on the big screen. I love my iPad, but I also love my android OS, so thunderbolt here I come. I have the best of both worlds what one lacks the other one makes up
Dillon Landman
Dillon Landman Its sweet....thing about apple is that its pretty much always gunna work well no matter what,but with android you always have those annoying glitches but still great OS
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero No waiting for the. Palm pad
George Espinosa
George Espinosa No but still the best in the market
Kent Masias
Kent Masias I'm on a tab,cool enough for me. ;)
Tony Abiama
Tony Abiama Meh, I'll be ok with my rooted Nook Color and Evo for the time being
Justin Medina
Justin Medina Xoom*
Jugaad Singh
Jugaad Singh Xoom ftw
Justin Medina
Justin Medina Now we have to pay another 600$ for the latest thing from apple?? Im happy with my zoom(:
Ryan Hunter
Ryan Hunter Anything from Apple sucks. Why would people pay money for this junk?? Xoom > > > iPad 2.
Joel Gomez
Joel Gomez There's no competition right now. Honeycomb is promising.
George Majao
George Majao Walk down the nearest bestbuy they will have the xoom, because no one buys that crap lol
George Majao
George Majao Are you serious iPad 2 and xoom to compete lol. Xoom still has not out sold iPad one yet lol
Tham Ye Yang
Tham Ye Yang Android #1 most fragmented software. :)
Keith Windiddy
Keith Windiddy Nope...Samsung Galaxy 10.1
Luis Reich
Luis Reich Yes, lets look at sales... Android... #1 OS in the world and in the US...
Julian J. Perry
Julian J. Perry Not even close!
Ben Bartholomew
Ben Bartholomew You guys make android look bad. This is a hell of a lot better then the competition. Look at the sales
Marcus NinersEmpire
Marcus NinersEmpire Hella nooo I could just buy a lame iPhone for dat if I want to upgrade to a bigger screen ill buy a lame ipad. I'll stick wit da sprint tab
Stephaughn Alston
Stephaughn Alston When is your review coming of the iPad 2? I'm surprised you wasn't one of the first one's!
Steve Griffith
Steve Griffith haha@damien ya man apple has never impressed me
Benjamin Gehlke
Benjamin Gehlke Yes
David In
David In Meh, pretty much the same as iPad 1, except with low quality cameras
Damien Brooks
Damien Brooks Apple has NEVER impressed me!
Mark Carruthers
Mark Carruthers Yup Galaxy 10.1 or Galaxy 8.9
Steven Bright
Steven Bright Been thru to iPad 2's so far. Returned both from back light leaking/bleeding onto edges of screen and in some places stretching to almost 3/8ths of it. Makes watching netflix quite annoying. One had 3 stuck pixels as well. My original iPad flawless still. Impressed with first. Very disappointed in this new one its like iPhone 4 all over. Guess I just dont need to use any app or background that's dark themed or use it in a poorly lite room. I'm sure its me. not the iPad.
Waleed Amer
Waleed Amer I rather wait for Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1
Brian Busyapongpakdee
Brian Busyapongpakdee Hey Aaron, I'll take the iPad 2 off your hands
Tony Dear III
Tony Dear III I agree with jayson partially.
Tony Dear III
Tony Dear III but they were under alot of pressure with all the tabs comin out but apple has somethin google don't and that's sorta like the value of the American dollar it's bein decreased because we print more witch is what we so with android. It's in htc samsung and moto and etc. Devices. I dislike apple devices but they have that goin for em you can't get a samsung iPhone. But that's also a strength for google. In my opinion it's the xoom 3.0 just has to mature. Wow I typed alot.
Chuck Xu
Chuck Xu Pyramid
Onix Rodriguez
Onix Rodriguez I'm employee of BestBuy and had the opportunity to play with both. Seriously the Xoom sucks. Even the iPad 1 is much better on how smooth it runs compared to the Xoom (even with it's 2 core and latest Android).
Hendrick Equis M
Hendrick Equis M got to play with both of them today at bestbuy...and while i was impressed with the ipad2 in looks speed and the photobooth app...its still pretty much the same as an ipodtouch 4gen...while the xoom was thicker and not as sexy but android 3.0 felt more of my taste .
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr the xoom would be awesome.. if it hadnt been so rushed
Jason Keiter
Jason Keiter xoom was rushed. period. the issue with the ipad 2 is that its not far enough ahead of the xoom to save itself from the onslaught of andriod tablets coming down the pipe
Matt Cain
Matt Cain Honestly? No. I think I'd rather have a Xoom if I needed a tablet.
Tivone Wright
Tivone Wright whats the difference in this tablet and the xoom?
Turone Wyley
Turone Wyley No
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr nope another lame product brought to you by the letter A
Ryan Tapat
Ryan Tapat I heard some bad review on the zoom but if u like android base os get the xoom cuz it beats all the android base tablets. But for me I think the iPad 2 is the winner
Luis Sahagun
Luis Sahagun Yes and no because the xoom is a great device and so is the iPad 2 i am going to make a side by side comparison of both handsets.
Evan Nakagawa
Evan Nakagawa impressed? no. do I think it's still the best tablet out there? heck yes!
John Cruz
John Cruz Xoom
Chung Vue
Chung Vue No iPads BETTER!
Neal Daringer
Neal Daringer not really
John Cruz
John Cruz First
Chung Vue
Chung Vue Yea
John Cruz
John Cruz no zoom is better

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