iPad 2

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After the iPad 3 was abruptly withdrawn from the market in November, following the release of iPad 4and the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display, the iPad 2 is now the cheaper substitute for those who do not want the most recent iPad (iPad Air) as the device is around £70 cheaper than the 16GB iPad Air. Indeed, the device is often regarded as Apple’s most reasonably-priced product to date!

As this is not the most current iPad model, on paper, the iPad 2 can look pretty pale in comparison to Apple’s latest tablets. Nevertheless, it should not be overlooked as it is still a great tablet which is more than capable of fulfilling the demands of most users, especially those who are new to tablet PCs.

The iPad 2 features a 9.5 inch screen and is constructed in the simple, yet sophisticated style that has become synonymous with Apple. Beneath the surface, the device is powered by a dual-core A5 chip which means that it is a quick device and twice as powerful as the original iPad. While the iPad 2 does not sport the improved iSight camera and HD FaceTime camera seen in the other iPad models available, the device has a respectable primary camera that is capable of capturing 960×720 photos. Unfortunately, the front-facing camera, while it is certainly an improvement on the original iPad, is quite substandard clocking in at mere VGA quality.

Like the standard iPad mini, the iPad 2 does not come with Retina Display. This means that the screen resolution is half the quality of the iPad Air that features Retina Display. While 1024 x 768 is a respectable screen resolution it places the iPad 2 behind a number of its tablet rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 2520 and the Google Nexus 10. This suggests that if screen resolution is something that is especially important to you, you should consider paying the extra £70 for the iPad Air or look at the products offered by other manufacturers.

While the iPad 2 is only available in a 16GB version, buyers can choose between and Wi-Fi only model and a 3G model depending on how they would like to run their device. In addition, the tablet is available in two different colours: black and white. Although many users may find that 16GB is not enough memory for all of the data they want to store on the device, that does not necessarily mean that you will need to upgrade to the iPad Air. Indeed, there are a range of cloud storage options available, many of which allow users to store data remotely for free.

In short: if you are looking for a large tablet, keen to stick to the Apple brand but want something closer to the £300 mark than the £400 mark, you should definitely consider the iPad 2.