Apple IPad 2 Review: Love And Hate 2.0: Unboxing, Design And Construction

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Unboxing the iPad 2

The iPad 2’s retail package brings no surprises. Only a tad wider than the device itself the box holds your brand recent iPad 2, a short manual, a very compact charger (think the original iPhone’s) and a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable.

Unboxing the iPad 2

If you opted for a Smart Cover the only thing you’ll really miss is a headset. Their thinking must be that this is not a phone but a computer. You don’t acquire headphones when you buy a MacBook. Or maybe it is more likely for iPad buyers to have an iPhone than not.

Design and construction

Apple kept the aluminum unibody but gave the iPad 2 the tapered edges typical of the older generations of the iPhone.

A metal case is always a premium feature especially with the iPad’s thickness of just 8.8 mm. It’s the slim girth and the reduced weight that create the iPad 2 notably more comfortable to utilize and handle. However, we do find the original sharper and more attractive with its hard square edges.

The iPad 2

The first iPad looked more like the iPhone 4 while the iPad 2 returns to the curvy shape used in the first three generations of iPhones and the iPod Touch family. The recent design and the somewhat different choice of materials create the iPad 2 more comfortable to hrecent in hand. You will instantly feel the incompatibility to the slippery first-gen iPad.

The curvy-shaped iPad 2 next to its predecessor

This time, the iPad’s back is completely flat so it doesn’t wobble when you place it on its back. It also won’t scratch badly around the Apple logo as the original one did. It’s not to say that the iPad 2 will better cope with the daily wear and tear. It’s just that the design doesn’t create a particular part of the device more vulnerable.

The back of the first-gen iPad after a year of use

The iPad 2 doesn’t have many hardware controls: there’s the Home key on the front, of course, the power/classy screen lock key on top, plus a volume rocker on the right.

Just above the volume rocker is the classy screen rotation lock, which doubles as a mute button – you can assign either function to the key.

The volume rocker and the rotation lock/mute button

The top of the iPad 2 features the 3.5mm audio jack, the Power/Lock key and the microphone.

Topside of the iPad 2

At the bottom is the proprietary Dock connector and the single loudspeaker. The connector position on the tapered edge of the device so plugging a cable is a bit trickier than usual.

The iPad’s bottom houses the Dock connector and the lone loudspeaker

Above the classy screen is the front-facing capturing camera (VGA). There’s also a hidden ambient light sensor, which is in charge of the automatic adjustment of the classy screen brightness levels.

The FaceTime capturing camera at the front

The only thing to note at the back is the tiny 0.7MP capturing camera lens (and the centrally placed Apple logo). The rear facing capturing camera can also be used in FaceTime but its more vital feature is the 720p video capture.

The Apple logo and capturing camera lens at the back



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