Apple iPad 2 Tablet eBook Reader Review
The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than the original.
Device & Specs
From the outside, the two iPads look quite different. The iPad 2 has the same size screen and front, but the overall device is smaller and thinner. This makes it a little easier to hold, but it is still somewhat heavy and awkward to hold for longer periods.
The screen of the two iPads is identical. There was some speculation before launch that Apple might use the higher resolution screen of the iPhone 4, but they did not, sticking with the same screen as the original iPad.
Our battery tests of the iPad Vs the iPad 2 are still ongoing, but we do no expect any major differences: the battery built into the two devices is identical.
Both devices have the same pros and cons as eReaders: big, bright screens that produce sharp text and images, but a tendency to fade and become almost unreadable in direct sunlight.
Both devices offer an excellent internet experience, with good email support an an excellent web browser that feels like a desktop browser. The dual core processor of the iPad 2 does make some difference here: we found that web browsing and screen scrolling was a little smoother than the original iPad.
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