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Apple’s Sexier iPad 2 – A Brotha’s Take

Color me somewhat impressed with the new iPad 2. Has some cool new stuff on it that will definitely make it stand out from all the tablet competition that will EVENTUALLY roll out sometime this year…one of these days. But will I a Brotha go cop one?

…i’m impressed.

Based on all of the hoopla leading up to today’s announcement, I though the iPad 2 was just gonna be a refreshed iPad – an iPad 1.5 if you will. So I thought to myself “I will keep my iPad Classic”. I have moved from that stance slightly over to “on the fence” based on the unveiling of the iPad 2 today that will be available March 11th.

iPad 2 tech spec highlights:

– 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
– Wi-Fi + 3G models
– Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
– Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
– 1024×768 resolution
– Rear camera: 720p Video recording, Front camera: VGA video recording up to 30 frames per second
– Up to 10 hours battery life
– Charging via power adapter OR USB to computer system
– HDMI Out (with additional cable)

Pricing (WiFi):
– $499 for 16GB
– $599 for 32GB
– $699 for 64GB

3G (ATT & Verizon):
– $629 for 16GB
– $729 for 32GB
– $829 for 64GB

The features that impressed me is the Dual-core A5 chip which should speed processing and graphics tremendously, and the physical improvements:

– Thinner than the iPhone 4
– Lighter than the iPad “Classic”
– Same battery life as Classic

The last thing that caught my eye is the new iOS 4.3 that jam-packs the iPad 2 with several added features that complement the new iPad 2 nicely as well as breathe new life into the other models that can handle the new OS.

The dual cameras, meh. The new smart case, meh. Black AND White option: meh. iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band are just cool. But the $60,000 question is:

“Will I get one?”

I dunno know…yet. I’m perfectly happy with Classic, but the techie inside me is starting to ever-so-slightly tickle my senses…and my track record has been to listen more times than not. I think the deciding factor would be if I could fetch a decent enough price for my:


Packaged with:
– Official Apple iPad Case
– Camera Connection Kit
– iPad Dock

Hint, Hint (hit me up for pricing)


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