Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Price: 36,900


WHAT WE LIKED: The de­vice that started it all re­mains the world’s favourite fondleslab. And ours as well. Metal solid, beau­ti­fully con­structed, un­de­ni­ably pow­er­ful, with—most im­por­tantly—a very slick OS and a ver­i­ta­ble plethora of soft­ware to har­ness that combo. The ipad 2 re­mains un­sur­passed (and the bench­mark) in both user ex­pe­ri­ence as well as sheer mag­ni­tude of mag­i­cal con­tent and na­tive, tablet-op­ti­mised ap­pli­ca­tions. The re­cent IOS 5 up­date has made the best only bet­ter with some­things bor­rowed (no­ti­fi­ca­tions) and some­things new. Few among its com­bat­ants can touch the ipad’s bat­tery life at 10-plus hours, let alone sur­pass it. WHAT WE DIDN’T: Cer­tainly not with­out blight, the ipad’s screen res­o­lu­tion is the first and most vis­i­ble tar­get. Its cam­era out­put too is bet­tered by many a ri­val. It doesn’t do Adobe Flash—now whether that’s a good thing or a bad will al­ways re­main with the jury. But the lack of in­her­ent USB, HDMI and mem­ory card sup­port def­i­nitely makes many of us gnash our teeth. Most sur­pris­ingly, com­pared to the first ipad, the au­dio out­put of the ipad 2 mono speaker has de­te­ri­o­rated in both vol­ume and qual­ity. Lim­ited video for­mats are also a ma­jor pain-point for the video fans. VER­DICT: Love it or loathe it (yes, some do), the ipad re­mains the king of the range—in per­for­mance, pop­u­lar­ity and pur­pose­ful­ness. Oth­ers may have out­classed it on the hard­ware front, but the re­fine­ment and us­abil­ity of the com­plete ipad com­plete pack­age—de­vice, op­er­at­ing sys­tem and vast ap­pli­ca­tions cat­a­logue—make it stand out above the oth­ers. Of course, all this comes at price!

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