Well, after the disappointment with Find Makarov and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 NOT being announced this morning, could the newly announced Apple iPad 2 be disappointment of the day number two? The new features on the iPad 2 are:
- Dual core 1 GHz processor (versus the iPad 1’s single core 1 GHz processor)
- Better graphics and more RAM (likely, since the specifications for these are not out yet)
- New front and rear cameras
- CDMA support so Verizon can have the iPad 2 too
- Thinner and lighter design
- New white design (in addition to traditional black)
And no, operating system doesn’t count since the it’s purely software and the iPad 1 is likely to get iOS 4.3 too, along with the iPad 2.
So the iPad 2 is essentially a “catchup” model to all other tablets that are already announced, or already in the market. The iPad 2’s closest competitor is… you’ve guessed it, the HP Touchpad! Both have the same form factor, 10 inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio and 1024 x 768 resolution.
In favor of the HP Touchpad is a slightly faster 1.2 GHz dual core processor, real background multi-tasking of Web OS, ability to ‘partner’ and throw things back and forth (like web page links or photos) with a compatible HP Pre phone. In favor of the iPad 2 is the availability of a rear camera (HP Touchpad only has a front-facing camera), thinner and slightly lighter and that’s pretty much it.
New apps are being developed for Web OS, and no doubt Web OS has less available apps than Apple’s iOS App Store, but the important thing is many “big name”, core apps and games are available for Web OS. Let’s look at an example: Who cares if the Apple App Store has 100 event management apps and the Web OS store only has five (which Apple also has), but those five apps are the “big and famous” apps of the category and the other 95 are just wannabe apps?
So I guess if you’re a big fan of the shiny fruit logo or if you want something more practical and potentially slightly faster. I don’t think anyone could go wrong with either the Apple iPad 2 or HP TouchPad, but the bottom line is, the iPad 2 is certainly barely an evolutionary update over the original iPad (and certainly not a ‘revolutionary’ or ‘magical’ update at all!)