So we’ve already given you 10 good reasons to buy the iPad 2, but that’s not to say it isn’t without its flaws. We may be big fans of the iPad 2, but there’s still room for improvement.
Here then are 10 reasons NOT to buy the iPad 2, and to hold out to see what Apple may have up their sleeves next time.
1)No improvement on the original iPad screen
The iPad had a great 9.7 inch screen, but this was trumped by the iPhone 4’s high-res Retina display. We thought that display might have been included in the iPad 2, but instead Apple decided to stick with the 1024 x 668 resolution of the first iPad. For shame.
2)Still no Flash support
The war of words between Steve Jobs and Adobe over their Flash plug-in sees no end in sight, and as a result the iPad 2 still lacks Flash functionality. With so much web content built on Flash architecture, some say the iPad 2’s web browsing credentials are crippled as a result.
3)Those two new cameras are pretty under-powered
It’s great to see cameras finally included in the Apple tablet, but they’re not all that good to be honest. Though the rear camera is capable of 720p HD video recording, still photos have a resolution of less than 1MP. The photos taken wont look too bad on the tablet itself, but they’re going to look fairly shoddy when displayed elsewhere.
4)It’s still pretty expensive, while the iPad 1 is now dirt-cheap
Even though it’s cheaper than the original iPad right across the range of models, the iPad 2 is still hardly pocket money, with the most affordable model still a pricey £399. With certain Android tablets slipping below the £250 mark, and retailers flogging the original iPad for less than £100 on (lengthy) data contracts, better deals may be available if you’re dying for a tablet fix.
5)Tablets make mugger’s eyes light up
You think your smartphone is a target for robbers? Just think how much a tablet is worth to someone on the wrong side of the desperation divide. While there are plenty of other items just as valuable that you should be careful with when using in public, Apple’s gear remains highly coveted, and so more likely to draw attention from lawbreakers.
6)Those cool new accessories are way over priced too
“Smart” that magnetic cover may be, but with prices starting at £35, I’ll take my chances with my clumsy butter-fingers. As for the HDMI-Out add on, it’s onsale for $39 in the States, which is way, way more than an equvialent HDMI-Out cable for a notebook would set you back via eBay.
7)Hardly anyone uses the key FaceTime application
Maybe it’s because we don’t much like having to comb our hair before we pick up the phone, or that all our friends are ugly, but video calling just hasn’t taken off in the UK. The same goes for Apple’s proprietary FaceTime app. It’s in every iPhone 4 and iPad 2, as well as being available for Mac, but we can count on one hand the amount of FaceTime calls we’ve made. Apple keep pushing it as a killer feature, but consumers just don’t seem all that impressed.
8)No 4G connectivity
4G super-fast mobile broadband may still be a few years away from launching in the UK, but networks are already up and running in the States. It’s a shame then that Apple didn’t make provision for those who’d like to make use of 4G in the USA with the iPad 2, as well as future-proofing the tablet for eventual use on European 4G networks.
9)No room for storage expansion
Though the three different iPad 2 storage size options (16GB, 32GB and 64GB) do well to cater for most potential buyer’s needs and budgets, it’s a shame that those who have the odd SD or microSD card laying around cant boost their tablet’s memory in the new Apple tablet. No expansion slots have been added for removable storage on the iPad 2.
10) The competition is hotting up
They’ve been a long time coming, but the first wave of Android Honeycomb tablets are now waiting in the wings, ready to stake their own claims as tablet kings. From LG’s 3D-capable Optimus Pad to the incredibly powerful Motorola Xoom, Apple have far more competition now than they did this time last year.
By Gerald Lynch | March 24th, 2011