Apple iPad 2 (3G + WiFi, 16GB) reviews: iOS 9.7" Slate Tablet computer

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+ This tablet PC scores high on battery life. - It has no outstanding negative points.

£459 at 1 retailer out of 377 retailers checked

9.0 out of 10 based on 2429 reviews.
Apple iPad 2 (3G + WiFi, 16GB): Slate tablet with 3G, WiFi,1000 GHz Dual Core Processor,0.25GB of Memory and 16GB Storage on iOS. See full product description
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Confirmed purchaser Music, gaming or video

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
-Battery life is outstanding
-Excellent screen. Vibrant colours and form factor arguably better for viewing websites and documents than widescreen. The glass has a very smooth feel and fingers practically glide over it.
-Snappy performance in a wide range of tasks.
-Some excellent apps.
-Quality feel and solid build quality lacking from even some similarly priced alternatives.

Despite negatives listed below, I consider this to be a quality product and a joy to use. I sometimes find myself thinking the battery indicator is going down a little fast, only to realise I have merely lost track of time using it.
Bad points:
-This is actually a replacement for a defective unit. The original one had moderately bad backlight bleed. This one does have a little (in the same places so may be a weakness in the design) but is not visible under normal operating conditions and only slight in extreme conditions, so am satisfied with it. Others may be more perfectionist and still not be happy The first one also had a defective rear facing camera. Am fully aware that any product can be defective and do not regret persevering but there does seem to be reason to suspect the backlight bleeding is quite widespread.
-Screen res could be better. Looks a little pixelated up close but fine in general use.
-No Flash, though worth noting that many websites either offer an alternative or have an app (such as Youtube).
-Inferior specs in some areas. compared to competition.
-No SD slot and no real scope for expansion.
-I personally find the smooth surfaces make it a little harder to hold effectively (that smooth glass is a double edged sword I guess).
-iTunes. Not the most intuitive of programs and seems to be rather sluggish to sync at times, though files transfer quick enough. Use can be avoided to some extent as content can often be downloaded directly, though must be used for initial setup at least.
-iOS does seem a little basic and restrictive. It meets my needs quite well but worth being aware of.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Apr 2011

Christine, Harlow General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
So quick and a sharp picture
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Size and weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Apr 2014

chris, whitby General home user

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Price
Bad points:
Bulky charger connection not very good
Overall rating 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 5.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 May 2014

Neil, Derby General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Faster, thinner and lighter than the first generation iPad; the dual core processor appears to install 'apps' from the App Store quicker than on my single core iPhone 4.

Front and rear facing cameras for FaceTime (over WiFi) make it ideal for talking to other iPhone 4/Mac/iPad 2 users without charge. Also adequate for HD 720 recording.

Decent battery life; charged it in full the first evening I got it and it's still got 30% left; appears to be less power hungry than my iPhone.

iOS 4.3 makes Safari better at web navigation; however there are some bad points (see below.)

The ability to watch HD 720 content from iTunes saves me booting up my PC.

Good, clear speaker (mono only, granted.) Almost no real need for an external audio dock it's that loud!
Bad points:
Significantly more than the WiFi only model.

When using Safari; some sites default to their 'mobile' version which can be annoying. Lack of Flash can be a nuisance; but it plays HTML5 videos OK.

I know it's not a compact camera/DSLR but a higher resolution for the rear facing stills camera would have been nice; given that other tablet devices have 3 megapixels for example.

The 30 pin connector feels a bit awkward when plugging in the USB cable; and installing the MicroSIM felt more difficult than it does on the iPhone, for example.

The lack of Retina Display (I appreciate it was unfeasible at time of design and production) was a slight disappointment; when you look the iPhone 4 for example; you notice the difference. I should point out text and graphics are still crisp though.

Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 May 2011

Karen, Kent General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
We all have iPads including the children they are great and would just up grade.
Bad points:
None, if you do all the right things.
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 09 May 2014

Steve, Tamworth, Staffordshire General home user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Looks lovely, feels great in your hands, slickly responsive, great battery life, facetime app.
Bad points:
Lack of flash support means such basics as the Argos, Harley Davidson, and BBC Cbeebies websites don't work properly. I'm sure Apple fans will jump down my throat but let them explain to my 3 year old grand daughter why she can't play the Zingzillas game!
Won't play .avi files.
Dim ideology has crippled the best device I've seen for years.
Overall rating 5.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 10.0
Performance 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Sep 2011

jason, london General home user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
pefect design and nice perfomance, no obvious bad points
Bad points:
ok, only battery that i can tell
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Aug 2011

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 9.7
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1024x768
3G Yes
3G No
Operating system iOS
Number of cores Dual
Number of cores Single
Processor brand Apple
Processor brand Intel
Processor series A4
Processor series Pentium M
Processor series A5
Processor number A100
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 1000
RAM (Gigabytes) 0.25
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Battery life (Hours) 10
WiFi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
GPS Receiver Yes
Integrated Webcam Yes
Integrated Webcam No
Weight (kg) 0.60
Weight (kg) 0.73
Weight (kg) 0.68
Weight (kg) 723
Number of HDMI ports 0
USB port 0
DVI Port No
VGA Port No
CD Rom No
DVD Drive No
Built-in disc drive No
Blu-ray Drive No
Tablet Type Slate
Graphics card model number A4
Graphics card brand APPLE
Width in cm 18.97
Width in cm 18.57
Height in cm 243
Height in cm 24.12
Height in cm 24.28
Depth in cm 1.3
Depth in cm 0.8
Video Editing Card No
Type of hard drive Hard Disk Drive
Type of hard drive Flash Hard Drive
Firewire No
TV Output No
TV Card No
Aspect ratio 16:10
Remote control No
Colour White
Colour Silver
Colour Black
Type Tablet
Fingerprint Access No
Multi-Touch Yes
Release date 2010-06-02
Headphone Socket Yes
Depth in mm 12.7
RAM in MB 256

Also known as: Apple iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G, 16GB), Apple iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi 3G, Apple iPad 2 3G 16GB, Apple iPad 2 3G WiFi 16GB, Apple iPad with 3G Wi-Fi 16GB, Apple iPad 2 with 3G Wi-Fi 16GB, Apple iPad 2 with Wifi+3G 16GB

 

Manufacturer's Description

Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. The same 10-hour battery life. All in a thinner, lighter design. Now iPad is even more amazing. And even less like anything else.

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