Many people will tell you that now the Ipad 2 will be the hottest tablet on the market and it surely will for a short while. Apple fanboys and gadget people will tell you that Apple has pushed the tablet further ahead and that consumers will now experience a type of “tablet nirvana.” The Ipad 2 is likely to remain unchallenged for a while as the best tablet computing device but it is far from perfect.
My expectation level was mildly high for the Ipad 2 and I was disappointed on many fronts. Here’s a list of where Apple could have gone…but did not. Note: We’re likely to see many of these in an Ipad 3.
1. No Retina Display. The Iphone 4 was given a retina display and why wasn’t this handed down to the Ipad 2? My thinking is it would have pushed Apple to force developers to re-engineer their existing applications. Apple chose not to go down this path as they wanted to grow their Ipad model.
2. NO SD card slot or USB card slot. As a photographer this is hard for me to deal without. SD card slot is handy for taking pictures off my compact and often I’ll plug in some USB card reader for import larger photos.
3. NO NFC (Near Field Communications. This allows you to turn your Ipad into a kind of digital wallet. This technology is up and coming and is used highly in Europe.
4. Thunderbold connectivity. Apple pushed this technology on their latest Macbooks which allows you to transfer 10 gbps…being able to transfer a full HD movie in 30 seconds or less. This would have been highly useful with the Ipad but was not added. I’d consider this a must for the Ipad 3.
5. Was their an interval RAM upgrade? It’s not looking like it otherwise Apple would have boasted about it.
6. No major camera upgrade. In fact, Apple has been quiet and hasn’t mentioned the camera resolutions on the front or the back cameras at all. We know it does HD video but we don’t know if it takes 5 megapixel images like the Iphone 4 or not. Also the latest Macbook Pros support Facetime HD…does this new Ipad 2? I’m guessing no.
7. 4G Connectivity. With everything moving to 4G, why wasn’t the Ipad 2 a ground breaking device that really pushed this? I have a feeling it’s because Apple is never a company to push the limits (with the exception of the Thunderbolt port) and we’ll see the 4G connectivity in the Ipad 3.
Final Review: The Ipad 2 is a great device that will be wildly popular and will outsell the previous model…is my guess. That being said it’s also just marginally a step-up from the previous Ipad 1 model. I’ll be curious to see how many people at San Diego Comic-Con are walking around with the Ipad to use to take pictures with. We’ll see.