We all knew it was coming, we just didn’t know what we’d see. The iPad 2 was released today and I don’t think anyone (with reasonable expectations) was disappointed by what they saw. For the newest version of the iPad they’ve made it 33% thinner, so it’s just under a hair smaller than an iPhone 4, as well as 15% lighter. The processor is twice is fast, the graphics performs nine times better and the battery still lasts 10 hours. They’ve also managed to jam in front and rear facing cameras in there, so you can Facetime with friends or shoot video or photos… I guess. The last unique gem is the magnetic cover that protects your iPad, it’s a simple innovation but I’m sure will come in handy. Oh yeah, and it comes in two colors, black and white.
I had my iPad stolen from Kyle’s car last winter, so I’ve been waiting for today announcement with anticipation. I loved my iPad. It’s a device that fills a niche that you didn’t realize was there. It’s easier to handle than a laptop and a richer experience than an iPhone. It’s that perfect middle ground that made it so useful to me. I could lay in bed and send off emails or watch a movie on Netflix. I’m not sure if a camera on the back of the iPad is necessary, but I think the one on the front could be fun. Honestly though, I never Face Time with anyone on my iPhone, so it’s highly unlikely I’ll do it on my iPad.
What I’m really curious to try is the 3G version. If there was one thing I regretted about my last iPad was that I didn’t buy the 3G version. Without a doubt, if I had 3G on that thing I would have used it twice as much as I did, which was a lot. Not being able to connect to the internet everywhere was annoying, since finding WiFi isn’t always the easiest. You’ll definitely see me in line next Friday snagging one of these.
Any other (constructive) thoughts you feel like adding? Drop ’em in the comments.