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Not Everybody Happy About iPad 2 Launch

Posted on March 3, 2011
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While many people, especially fans of Apple, are excited–ecstatic even–over the introduction of the iPad 2, not everybody seems to be in the same mood. And we are not talking about other tablet manufacturers.

BusinessInsider.com calls the iPad 2 launch a “snore” and is more excited about Apple’s unveiling of the tablet’s new cover, which attaches to the iPad 2 using magnets. The Smart Cover (pictured) can even wake up the device as the user flips it open, as well as prop the tablet in various orientations. It costs US$39, which comes in a variety of colors, while the leather version is $69.

The Register, meanwhile, is not sold on Apple’s claim of iPad 2’s “all-new design.”

“More accurately, the iPad 2 is a refinement and speed bump to the original iPad,” the website states. “Nothing magical or revolutionary.”

The review is also not happy about the un-upgraded display, keeping the 30-pin propriety port while not adding a Thunderbolt slot, and the unchanged maximum flash-storage allotment.

Lastly, GigaOM calls the iPad 2 “a step backwards for carrier choice,” at least in the Canadian market. While the original iPad is available unlocked, Canadian customers are now required to indicate the carrier that would go along with the iPad 2 before purchasing. Canada’s carriers of iPad 2–Bell, Rogers, and Telus–all run on GSM standard, a different environment compared to the differing standards between carriers in the United States.

“It should be cause for concern for Apple customers outside Canada, too,” GigaOM states. “It seems to indicate Apple is more eager to please carrier partners than it has been in the past, and it represents a significant reverse in Apple’s ongoing shift away from carrier lock-in.”

Source: Business Insider, The Register, GigaOM

 
 

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You are right! I am quite disappointed with my Ipad2 mainly because it won't use Flash (Adobe) and I like to watch my programs online and also play bridge which I can't do... Further more, The Skype for Mac is "crappy"....too small a window and it wont be seen in the horizontal position so you have to hold the Ipad in the vertical position instead of having it held on a table...Come on MAC! Get with it! All these devices should work together...you can't exclude Flash player from your devices!...
HLabreche on May 2, 2011 at 2:53 am
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