It's coming at the end of March, and I for one will be buying an iPad 2 when it hits the shelves. Whether a first time buyer or an upgrader, here's five reasons you should be buying the new iPad.
5. The Camera
It's obvious, but it's the essential missing feature from the current model. FaceTime from an iPhone to an iPad back home makes goodnight video calls to little kids very casual compared with getting everyone to gather around a laptop webcam.
4. The A5 Processor
If you use your current iPad a lot, you'll appreciate the speed boost from the new dual-core processing. Now that the iPad lets you multitask (kind of) the processing upgrade makes a difference.
3. Upgraded video
Hand-in-hand with the A5, superior graphics and video processing will deliver a visible difference to multimedia. Particularly as more games and apps take advantage of the boost. Like the way the iPhone 3G and 3GS have started to frustrate users as the latest games and apps have taken advantage of the A4.
2. iPad as a global hotspot device
iPad is easier than most phones or laptops to get hooked up with a pre-paid data package wherever you may be travelling in the world. Now the Personal Hotspot feature can give you non-Jailbreak access to good value data while you're on the road, delivering Wi-Fi to your phone or laptop.
1. ... Or downgrade to Wi-Fi only
If it's your phone that has the hotspot power you're happy with, or your iPhone is about to score Personal Hotspot status, it's a chance to drop the 3G and get more power for less money.
I'm definitely keen; Angus has a more cynical view. What's your take on the iPad 2's appeal?
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