Reviewed by Joseph_Phoenix (Currently owns)
I've been skeptical of tablets in general. I didn't plan on owning any tablets but rather stick to laptops because I've found laptops to be a better all in one device (media, writing etc)
My dad recently got me an iPad 2. I feeling got off the fence and got a tablet. My interest had peeked with the Amazon Kindle Fire. I've been playing it for a couple of weeks and here's my initial impressions:
In my honest opinion, I find the iPad to be purely a consumption device. I've watched more movies, Netflix and Hulu Plus and played more games on the iPad 2. They keyboard is big enough to be typed on but I can't see myself sitting down for long periods of time typing on the device. I could buy the keyboard for the iPad but isn't that what my laptop is for.
The apps for the iPad are greatly. The developers really took advantage of the iPad specs are designed very fast, fluid apps. Bing may not be a popular thing on the internet as far as search goes but Microsoft designed a great app for the iPad. Very nicely done, very fast.,
Like I said earlier, I primarily use the iPad for media consumption. Watching videos on the iPad is great. It looks so clean when the videos play. I've been watching a lot of trailers and videos on Netflix. (The Dark Knight Rises trailer looks great)
The battery life is pretty good as well. Apple does a great job when it comes to battery life on their devices. Call me impressed.
In conclusion, if I had to recommend a tablet to anybody, its definitely the iPad. I'm not really a brand guy. I just care about the quality of a product and I think Apple nailed it. I've played with a couple of Android tablets. They're good but not as good. The closest thing I could see being a competitor to the iPad could a Metro UI tablet from Windows 8. So we'll see.
All in all, I give the iPad 2 a score of 9. I recommend it