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Apple iPad 2 Tablet eBook Reader Review

The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than the original.

March 11, 2011
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Email

The iPad 2 features a pretty robust email client that most users will find more than adequate. The app supports POP, IMAP, Exchange, and website-specific email, such as Gmail, AOL, Yahoo and others. The email app is pretty easy to use and we were able to set up a few different email accounts without issue.

The only issues we had with the device was its lackluster search and organizational features. While they'll be adequate for most users, we found the search was often finicky: searching archived emails was slow and sometimes wouldn't turn up the desired email. Additionally, while the email client will support files you've made in your original email client, it doesn't let you alter or add new folders or tags.

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The email app on the iPad 2

If you're looking for a more robust email app, you're out of luck: Apple feels other email clients are redundant and bars them from the App Store.

Web Browsing

The Safari app is one of the better mobile web browsers currently available. It features everything you'd find on a desktop version and provides a smooth, intuitive online experience. The touch controls are similar to those used on other Apple touchscreen or on the MacBooks' touchpad: make a pinching motion to zoom out, and do a reverse-pinch motion to zoom in. The app supports multiple pages open at once, lets you organize your bookmarks into folders, and will allow you to created desktop shortcuts to specific pages. The browser can also be customized with up to 9 thumbnails of web pages, similar to what Opera does.

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The Safari web browser at our new favorite web site
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile) Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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