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Should you be excited about iPad 2?

Last updated on: March 11, 2011 15:37 IST

Should you be excited about iPad 2?

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Rediff staffer and an avid Apple user Siddhesh Joglekar tells us whether it is worth going for iPad 2 after all.

Siddhesh Joglekar uses MacBook Pro at work, makes calls on his iPhone and takes notes on his iPad.

In other words, Joglekar loves Apple. So it seemed apt to ask him whether we should be buying the iPad 2, which releases in the US today, or not.

This is what he had to say:

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Image: The Apple iPad 2 is shown during its launch event in San Francisco, California March 2, 2011. Apple unveiled its next generation iPad at an event in San Francisco. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is on indefinite medical leave, led the event.
Photographs: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
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What is new in iPad 2?

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I've been using an Apple iPad for more than eight months now and am looking forward to the launch of iPad 2 today.

  • For starters it will be 1/3rd thinner than the original iPad
  • It will have a front and rear camera for video conferencing
  • The makers claim that it will also be nine times faster
  • Its weight will be 100 gm lighter
  • And most importantly it will be available at the same price as iPad 1

It is justified that a lot of people are excited about it.

In fact many of them are even selling their old iPads for as little as $300 on leading e-commerce portals.


Image: Video: All you want to know about iPad2

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So should you buy a second-hand iPad 1 instead?

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Buying a second-hand iPad 1 is most definitely an option worth considering because most of these tablets won't be older than a few months.

However if you ask me it is a much better idea to buy a new iPad 2 quite simply to experience of the raw speed that it claims to have.

With the iPad 2 you will be able to multitask-better... use more exciting apps.

One of my favourite apps for instance is Flipboard, a personalised social magazine that is designed to collect content from websites and present them in a magazine format.

For instance I follow sites like Forbes and Wired, I can read stories appearing on these sites like I would flip through the pages of a magazine.


Image: A salesman displays an Apple iPad during its launch in Brussels July 23, 2010
Photographs: Thierry Roge/Reuters
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Will the iPad replace newspapers?

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This is a question that everyone has been asking. Yes the interface of the iPad is intuitive and very easy to use.

So there is a possibility it will become the medium of choice with a lot of newspaper and magazine readers.

Will it replace the print medium? I am not entirely sure!

A lot of newspapers today are adapting to the new media. Many of them have well-functioning websites that has good video and audio content

Rather than replacing the print, I feel that the iPad will complement it.


Image: Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introduces the iPad 2 on stage during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 2, 2011. Jobs took the stage to a standing ovation on Wednesday, returning to the spotlight after a brief medical absence to unveil the second version of the iPad
Photographs: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
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Should you buy iPad 2 from the grey market in India?

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The last time, iPad took over 10 months to come to India after it was released in the US. That is a long time indeed.

It may not be the case this time around though.

However if you are very eager about iPad 2 you might be better off requesting your friends the US to buy one for you. (iPad 2 launches in the US on March 11 and in select other countries on March 25)

If you already have an iPad, I don't think you should go to the grey market.

A lot of people who bought the initial iPhone from the grey market and needed to crack the code.

With iPads it may not necessarily be the case because the only iPads that will be locked are the 3G version ones as  Apple has tie-ups with certain carriers.

iPhones in the US for instance are locked to certain service providers. Ones in the UK aren't.

So if you are planning to buy a simple wi-fi version of iPad 2 it won't matter where you buy them from because there won't be any crack code needed. For the 3G version, make sure it isn't locked to a service provider.

Finally, will I buy the iPad 2?

I will definitely look at what the initial users are saying. If I see there is a significant improvement, I will buy one. If not, I always I have my iPad 1.


Image: The iPad 2 with a Smart Cover is shown in use in the demonstration area after the iPad 2 launch during an Apple event in San Francisco, California March 2, 2011. Apple unveiled its next generation iPad at an event in San Francisco. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who is on indefinite medical leave, led the event.
Photographs: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters
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