iPad 2 Review: The Next Generation of iDevice | iPad 2 Features

Faster, sleeker and smoother, the iPad 2 have to be regarded as the pinnacle of the tablet and smartphone market respectively! Not to mention the huge array of new features and applications that will expand your everyday iPad use and expand your vision of interaction you can achieve. Our goal over the following pages is to introduce you to the new features of the Apple iPad 2 so you can realize the full potential of your hardware.

The iPad’s Dual-core A5 Chip X2 Speed

Essentially with two powerful cores contained within a single A5 Chip, the iPad 2 can perform double the tasks as the previous model. This new found power will be noticeable whatever your usage be it if you’re web browsing, watching movies, gaming or simply switching between apps when multitasking.

Inside iPad 2

Battery Life – Powering Your iLife

The iPad 2 maybe slimmer and lighter but the new hardware has retained the same highly level of battery life as the original hardware, offering a total 10-hour in use lifespan, thanks to the power efficient A5 chip.

Graphical Enhancements Gamers Rejoice

With the new internal hardware allowing graphics performance to be increased by up to nine times, gaming on iPad 2 is even smoother while increasing realism. Yet these faster graphic processors won’t simply improve your gameplay, this will increase application performance, if you’re scrolling through your photo library, editing video with iMovie, watching videos or viewing animations when using Keynote.

Two Cameras – One Big Picture

The most obvious difference of the new iPad 2 design and the current generation of iPhone when seen on these pages or in flesh, is the addition of a camera at the top middle of the face. Yet there are in fact two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. They’re have been added to enable use of the FaceTime video calling application.

Facetime Explained

iPad FacetimeFaceTime for iPad 2 is activated with a single tap, allowing you to finally make video calls from your iPad 2 hardware to other iPad 2, iPhone 4, 4th generation iPod touch or Mac users using your Wi-Fi connection. Using this app couldn’t easier, to start a video call with one of your contacts, simply locate them from your “Favorite list” and then tap the “FaceTime” button. This will send an invitation to their Facetime compatible device asking them to join you for a chat. Upon receiving an acceptance from your contact, the FaceTime call begins.

This new app uses both cameras as they work together to enable you to talk to your friends and family via one to one video chat. Face to face chat uses the the front mounted camera and switching to the back camera during your cell enables you to share what is happening around you. Adding a whole new dimension to calls and literally enabling you to share the world and events that are happening around you.

NOTE: You require an accepted Apple ID and an email address to access this application.

Recording HD Video – Capture Everything!

If you are a budding film maker or wish to capture memories on your iDevice, your hardware comes with a pre-loaded HD video camera. Now whatever happens you can capture the moment in glorious 720p High Definition with high quality audio captured and sinked via the iPad’s powerful internal microphone.

Lights, Camera, iDevice!

Your HD video capture isn’t limited by a need for a strong light source thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor which enables you to captured your mini movie you can edit the results, using a number of video editing packages but most recommended being Apple’s iMovie app, and then share via the iDevice and without the need to link to another hardware source. Yet your creative skills using the iPad 2 cameras doesn’t end here.

Photo Booth – Photography Gets Twisted!

iPad PhotoboothTakes snapshots of yourself, your friends and family and unleash your creative juices in a whole range of artistic to bizarre ways with the Photo Booth application. This app uses the front-facing camera to take your picture, yet before capturing your photo, the in-app flash will activate to add light to face. Having previewed your picture to ensure you are happy to proceed, you can then add one of the eight built filters to create a whole new you! Twist up your face, double your head or make yourself look like an alien, a comic book character or an X-ray. The result range from hilarious to downright scary!

You can now share your warped snapshots via email, add them to a contact or simply add to your photo library for later use or display as a fun slide-show. Photo Booth adds some fun factor to the iDevice and will provide much amusement to all ages.

LED-Backlit Display – Check Out The Views on iPad 2!

The iPad 2 offers you a 9.7 inch high-resolution display which will bring your viewing photos to watching films it has never looked better on the iPad 2. The use of LED backlighting in the hardware makes your display remarkably crisp, vivid and bright, even in low light or in potrait and landscape viewing mode. The display technology titled IPS (in-plane switching) offers a wide, 178° viewing angle ensuring everyone around you gets to share your view.

Instant On – Quick Start!

Pick up your iPad, press the Home button and it wakes from sleep instantly. That’s because iPad Thanks to the fast, efficient and reliable flash storage a quick tap of the central Home button will awaken your sleeping iPad 2 and your iPhone 4 so yo access data within seconds.

Wi-Fi and 3G – Stay Connected.

Your iPad comes fitted with advanced 802.11n wireless technology, which will automatically connect you to any open Wi-Fi connections in your area. The 3G iPad offers 3G connectivity, which allows online connections without the need to be tied to a Wi-Fi network.

Gyro, Accelerometer and Compass – On The Move

This generation of iPad features the built-in accelerometer, enabling you to rotate you device between portrait and landscape modes, adjusting to fit the most suitable display. Yet your movement works far beyond this simple positional shift. Using the accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope and compass together the iPad 2 literally knows which direction it’s facing and how it’s moving in a full 360 degree field of movement. Gaming will never be the same again!

AirPlay – Your Entertainment Stream

With your iPad and the AirPlay app you can now stream the music, photos and video from your iPad wirelessly to your HDTV and any external speaker set up via the multimedia Apple’s impressive streaming device Apple TV sold separately.

To set up simply ensure your iPad and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and the AirPlay icon will automatically appear on your home-screen. Then tap the button to link your iPad directly to your home cinema set-up linking your media to your HD TV, to share your visual and audio experience with everyone in the room.

Video Mirroring – The iPad 2 Got Bigger!

Making a business presentation at work? What to share photos and videos with your family? Or simply interact with your favorite app on your HDTV? Now you can do all of the above with style with your iPad 2! All you have to do is attach the Apple Digital AV Adapter (which is sold separately) and then you can mirror the content of your iPad 2’s screen directly to your HDTV via the best possible HD connection via the 30-pin HDMi adaptor and a HDMI cable. If you wish to interact with the footage on the big screen simply use your iPad 2 as normal and all the mirroring screen. Try to imagine for a moment, playing the Infinity Blade gaming app on a 50inch HD screen? Now it is possible and it looks stunning!

From gaming to presentations to simple social interaction video mirroring takes the iPad 2 to all new heights quite literally!

AirPort Express – You Are The Music!

Firstly connect your iPad or iPhone to any suitable speaker set up which is linked to your Apple AirPort Express – sold separately – wireless adapter or simply link to any factory AirPlay enabled speakers which are currently available from manufacturers like Denon, Marantz, B&W, JBL and iHome. Secondly tap on the music you wish to share and your iDevice will automatically detect and link to any local speakers and fill the house with your favorite sounds.

Click here to read more Airplay Compatible Speakers and Receivers

AirPrint – One Tap Printing.

iPad AirprintUsing the AirPrint application for your iPad makes it simple to print your email, photos, web pages and documents, without the need to download addition software or drivers or even connect a single wire! AirPrint is 100% wireless which removes the need to physically link your iPad or iPhone to your printer or your home computer. AirPrint will simply access your home wireless network and instantly connect to any compatible printers that are also linked to the network.

A few taps on your screen, you take you from viewing your desired print source on the screen to printing a hard copy from your home printer. AirPrint will even select the correct paper source for you! For example should you find yourself printing photo’s the app will select the gloss photo paper as your output, this is a truly impressive piece of software. The printing process itself is instant, simply click print and then return to using your iPad, while your home printer does all the work for you. You can even set up a print queue which will be automatically run in the background, printing mult-able jobs while you enjoy your iPad 2.

AirPrint can be accessed when using any of the following iPad 2 and iPhone applications from Safari, Mail, Photos, iWork, PDFs in iBooks to any third partyapps with built-in printing options.

AirPrint-enabled Printers Listings.

Below you will find a list of the current generation printers from HP that are AirPrint enabled and will work seamlessly with your iPad 2 and the AirPrint App:

HP Envy eAll-in-One series (D410a)
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (B210a)
HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (C310a)
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a)
HP Photosmart e-AiO (B110)
HP Photosmart eStation (C510)
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Colour Multifunction Printer
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Colour Multifunction Printer
HP OfficeJet 6500A e-AiO
HP OfficeJet 6500A Plus e-AiO
HP OfficeJet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO
HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Plus e-AiO

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Originally posted 2011-07-07 08:34:07.


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    If .I am not using my I-Pad2 for an extended period of time is it okay to leave the battery uncharged without in any way shortening it’s life? Thanks.

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