Ever since the IPad came onto the scene, there have been a horde of imitators trying to catch lightening in a bottle the same way that Apple has. They did the same thing when the IPhone came out. It took the competition several years but they were finally able to catch up and have their own impressive smart phone offerings. This time Apple is not ready to just sit on its laurels. It is going to try and fight to make sure that it remains ahead of the competition. So while a lot of the competitors are gearing up the first generations of their new devices, Apple is already on the second iteration. We will take a look at the new devices that Apple will start to contend with and see how they measure up to the IPad 2.
Who are the top competitors to the IPad?
There are several devices that are on the market who are trying to take the crown from the IPad. While some of the original offerings from these companies were pitiful to say the least, the offerings that are out now are stronger and are able to give the IPad and maybe even the IPad2 a run for their money.
Most of the competitors run the ever popular Android operating system but a few of them run something different. While the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab both run Android, the TouchPad runs webOs and the BlackBerry PlayBook runs RIM’s Tablet Os. The Android operating system has the popularity to really contend on name alone with the IOS. When it comes to the functionality of the two OS’s, the Android will allow you to customize more and maybe even give you a little more freedom but the IOS 4 is a better designed piece of software. The way it directs you through the interface feels natural and even beginners are able to use the device in a short amount of time.
Compare the other specs on the devices
While the operating systems on the devices have different strengths and weaknesses, the processors that run the device are almost dead even. All of the new generation tablets are dual cored and run up to 1 GHz. Only the TouchPad has more and runs at 1.2 GHZ.
So far the weak point of the IPad 2 tablet is how much Ram the device comes with. While the rest of the high powered tablets on the market have at least 1GB of Ram, the IPad 2 is most likely shipping with less than that. While the original IPad ran well with only 256mb of Ram, the newest IPad should have more. So this is a mark against the new IPad 2.
The storage area of all the devices are roughly the same. On most of the devices there is a 16GB and a 32GB option. The IPad 2 is the only one with a 64GB option. They also all have a front and a back camera that people can play with. One of the major gripes with the original IPad is that there was no camera included with the device. Now there is. The IPad 2 weighs less than all of the other devices on the list except the Blackberry Playbook. It only weighs .88 lbs while the IPad 2 is 1.3lbs but it is also smaller than the IPad 2 by 2 inches.
So as you can see the IPad 2 is able to stack up very well against the latest and greatest tablets on the market. Even price wise it does well. If you want a tablet that you know is going to be well designed and easy to use while also having great support, then I suggest that you go with the IPad 2.