Apple iPad 2 has just landed in our office. As usual we took it for a quick spin, played a bit with it and made some pictures and videos. We are ready to show you all of that right now.
The iPad 2 is currently available only in the USA and will make its European premiere in a few days. Quite expectedly, the tablet is already out of stock everywhere in the States and the online orders ship or will ship with tremendous delay. Read more »
It turns out that the new iPad 2 can act as a SatNav unit, even without having a GPS receiver inside. All you need is an iPhone 4 with the latest iOS 4.3 and enabled hot-spot functionality.
Besides transmitting its data connection to the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, the iPhone 4 new hotspot functionality can actually sends GPS information to its larger sibling as well. So in theory, if you’re not sure whether to get a Wi-Fi or 3G- Wi-Fi combo version of the iPad 2, this knocks one consideration from the list. You can actually use it as a dedicated big-screen GPS unit, even though there’s no GPS chip inside. Read more »
At this point the existence of a Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM will hardly raise any eyebrows, it has leaked plenty of times. However the pricing and availability details that came with the official announcement are more than welcome.
Now the good news is that the budget-minded version of the XOOM is less than 10 days away – Motorola says it should hit the shelves on 27th March. Read more »
We’ve come across yet another teaser of the Samsung Unpacked event and the supposed 8.9-inch tablet it revolves around. This time the video focuses on delighted consumers, talking about their Tab experience.
The guys in the video appear to be holding a Galaxy Tab original, a white one. They talk about the effect that the device has on their personality and their life. At the end of the video you can see more obscure shots of the new unannounced tablet. Read more »
Vodafone has just confirmed that it will be among the carriers to get the Apple iPad 2 in the UK. A dedicated Coming Soon page for the Apple latest slate just appeared on the Vodafone UK website.
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For those of you who haven’t heard of Staples – it’s one of the biggest stores for office equipment in the world. And they seem to be awaiting new additions to their tablet line-up from Samsung, HTC, Dell, Acer, Toshiba and HP. All of them labeled as “Coming Soon”.
First off, judging by the information given by Staples, the soon to be un-packed Samsung 8.9-inch tab is a reality. Samsung is announcing it on the 23rd of March. It’s supposed to be an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-driven device. Read more »
Someone over at the AndroidHD blog must be seriously in love with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. So much so that they spend a whole day playing with the new droid tablet and edited the whole thing into a 12 minute long ad (an unofficial one, that is).
The video takes the Tab 10.1 everywhere – from home, on the train, in the car, on a boat, or to see the Eiffel Tower back home… Read more »
Not quite surprisingly the iPad 2 was added to the list of jailbreakable iOS devices almost immediately after it became available. Despite that a new exploit was needed, the successful jailbreak only took three days from the moment the slate hit the shelves.
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Tired of waiting for that Flash Player for your Xoom? Well, you don’t have to any more as the app just leaked and you get it running on your device in a minute or so. From the looks of it, that a pre-release version of the app so some quirks are expected, but the good news is no root is required. You don’t even need to have applied that preliminary update Motorola posted last week.
All you need to do is enable installation of non-Market apps on your Xoom (found under Settings-> Applications) and get the .apk on board. You can then use a file manager to install it. Read more »
Synthetic benchmarks are one thing, but what really matters is real-life performance. The great news is that the iPad 2 computing update is easily felt in everyday usage and we’ve got the video to prove it.
Placing the iPad 2 side-by-side with its predecessor the Gizmodo team has demonstrated just how much faster the new tablet is. The difference is obvious, which is a pretty good achievement, considering that the original iPad was already a pretty smooth performer. Read more »
The iPad 2 news show no signs of slowing down on the third day of its launch (except perhaps its availability). The first proper benchmarks just came in and confirmed that the A5 chip is a pretty powerful beast indeed.
Anandtech has just put the Apple custom-designed chip through its paces and found it to be substantially more capable than its A4 predecessor and the Tegra 2 SoC inside the Motorola Xoom. Read more »
The iPad 2 has officially hit the shelves yesterday. You’d probably want to know that if you weren’t among the guys and gals who queued in front of the Apple Stores at launch you might be left in the dry for some time. If you try to order the slate through the Apple website now you will have to wait between two and three weeks for it to ship. And that’s regardless of the version you want.
Another news is that some of the early users found some defects plaguing the iPad 2. Read more »
In the storm of iPad 2 info today, we also got word that some games got updates so they can make use of the the iPad 2 more powerful GPU and CPU. Real racing 2 HD, N.O.V.A 2, Infinity Blade, Zen Bound 2 and Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner all got plenty of cool new effects that thanks to the improved processing power shouldn’t hurt performance.
You can find information about the specifics of each update here at Appolicious.
Here’s a hands-on video of the actual gameplay of Real racing 2 HD on the iPad 2. Enjoy! Read more »
The early iOS 4.3 builds had a number of multi-finger ala-MacBook gestures enabled as a developer preview of what’s to come. Unfortunately, they didn’t get through in the final retail version of the software. The good news today is that they can still be enabled with a software tweak (no jailbreaking necessary).
Now you can get four and five finger sideways swipes for alternating open applications, five-finger pinch for going back to the homescreen and four-finger swipes up for accessing running apps tray and playback buttons. Read more »
The guys over at iFixit didn’t waste any time and tore an iPad 2 to pieces just a couple of hours after the thing went on sale. There weren’t many surprises to be found inside, but the 512MB of RAM got confirmed and the huge 25 Wh battery explains the impressive endurance of the iPad 2.
Oh and you should probably keep in mind that the Apple iPad 2 scored 4 (out of 10) for repairability so you better stick to official Apple care centers, rather than making any at-home fixes. Here’s a video they shot to showcase the findings. Read more »