With the curtain lifted, the web reacts to the iPad 2

Mar 3, 2011
Tech

Hey guys, I’ve been away from my laptop, phone, and all of my friends and casual acquaintances for the past 24 hours. I didn’t miss anything, did I? Oh right, iPad 2! Now that the cat is finally out of the bag and its official release just over a week away, let’s see what everyone’s […]

Hey guys, I’ve been away from my laptop, phone, and all of my friends and casual acquaintances for the past 24 hours. I didn’t miss anything, did I? Oh right, iPad 2! Now that the cat is finally out of the bag and its official release just over a week away, let’s see what everyone’s saying about the iPad 2:

Specs? Check

In case you missed it, Brad Spirrison gave a thorough rundown of the major improvements found in the second generation iPad, while Phil Hornshaw took the new tech for a test drive and found it fairly impressive, with a minor caveat.

Near the end of Hornshaw’s write-up he notes that those in the market for an iPad who had been waiting will likely find the iPad 2 pushes them into the purchase, while those who weren’t previously wowed will probably remain on the fence.

That sentiment was echoed by other tech writers, particularly over at TechCrunch, where a writer’s roundtable discussion of the iPad 2 inspired equal parts mild appreciation and outright dismissal.

The money quote from that story, and one that you probably won’t see printed on a box anytime soon, has to be “I guess it’s a solid device,” which isn’t exactly the worst thing you can say about a product, but feels rather underwhelming after the grand anticipation of the initial announcement. This could also be due to the fact that a few weeks ago iPad 3 rumors had started to trickle out at nearly the same speed as the iPad 2 rumors.

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Missing in action

Or perhaps it’s that several rumored features just never quite materialized in this iPad iteration.

TechCrunch, perhaps as a way of explaining their seeming indifference to the announcement, offered up a short list of things missing from the iPad 2, among them a Retina display and Gorilla Glass.

It’s not a bad list of missing elements, especially given how the things on the list felt inspired by the constant whispered rumors out of every corner. Mashable does a nice job of assessing those rumors, offering up a list that showcases what everyone guessed correctly and incorrectly about the iPad 2.

Enough words I want to see it move!

And then there are those of us who did not get to hold a new iPad 2 in our hands today. We can’t complain about the lack of a Retina display because we don’t even know what the real display looks like, though we’ve read it’s nice!

Luckily a few intrepid writers did manage to capture some video of their time with Apple’s new toy. Engadget posted some brief written impressions and followed them up with a handful of videos, bless their hearts.

While VentureBeat split their coverage about 50/50 words to video, I’m fairly certain you could skip the words and head click right on the video without missing so much as a beat.

What about you, trusted Appolicious readers? Will you be heading out on March 11 to pick up your new iPad 2 or are you staying put, patiently waiting for the iPad 3? Let the wild rumor rumpus begin (again)!

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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