iPad 2 available March 11th

Well, Apple has done it again- the iPad but smarter, thinner, twice as fast, with two HD cameras, facetime and a whole slew of new features!

Here are the specs of the iPad, Xoom, and iPad 2 for your mental consumption:


Product Apple iPad 1 Motorola Xoom Apple iPad 2
OS (current) 4.2.1 Android 3.0 4.3
Dimensions (in.) 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.52 9.8 x 6.6 x 0.5 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.34
Weight (lbs) 1.5 (Wi-Fi) 1.6 (3G) 1.6 1.33 (Wi-Fi) 1.35 (GSM)
Display size (Diagonal) 9.7” 10.1” 9.7”
Display Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 (w/LED Backlighting)
Processor A4 (single core) NVIDIA Tegra dual core A5 (dual core)
RAM (MB) 256 1024 512?
User Storage (GB) 16/32/64 32 16/32/64
Front Camera x 2 MP VGA
Rear Camera x 5 MP (720p) HD (720p)
Camera Flash x x
Audio/speaker mono spkr, stereo headphone stereo mono spkr, stereo headphone
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
GPS w/3G w/3G
Battery Life 10 hr (25-watt-hr) ~24.5 watt-hr 10 hr (25 watt-hr)
Magnetometer x x
Gyroscope x
Video out x HDMI 1.4 HDMI (w/ accessory)
Sensors Ambient Light Ambient Light Ambient Light
Colors Black Black Black or White
Price (Wi-Fi) $399/$499/$599 $799 $499/$599/$699
Price (3G) $529/$629/$729 $799 $629/$729/$829

This new spiced up iPad will become available on March 11th of this year.  I for one am somewhat bummed that I just bought the regular iPad a few months ago, but I have used it like crazy!  When I bought it I honestly did not know how often I would find myself utilizing it, but it has proved invaluable.  It’s so much faster to look something up on the iPad than having to grab a laptop and wait for it to boot up, log on, and surf the net.  By the time someone has the info they need on a laptop I’ve already found what I needed on the iPad and am streaming a movie on Netflix which looks great on the small screen no matter what angle you’re watching from.  Movies in bed?  iPad is the best.

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.