I would not say this a review but an experience of sorts. After a long wait I finally managed to get an iPad 2 which is almost out of stock in every Apple store in India at present. After unpacking, the first thing I came across was that, the iPad 2 requires a iTunes store account to setup and also a PC (with Mac, Linux or Windows OS). So I connected my iPad to the PC and the setup took less than a minute or two.
The iPad is loaded with very basic apps by default, so one has to go to the Apple itunes store to download apps. Even though there are a lot of apps which come free and useful, most of the paid versions of these apps are more worthy. Most apps range between $0.99 to $5.99, some are even costly. If I had to compare the itunes store to the Android Market, I would say even though Apple looks ahead at present, the future is bright for the Android Market.
Coming back to the iPad, the touch response and the multi touch screen is so responsive, that I wonder anything else could ever beat this kind of touch response.
About the Apps: Games are great fun on the iPad, ranging from the Asphalt 6 to Infinity Blade, from Angry Birds Rio to Ant Smasher – everything is just enjoyable. For work a few apps are a must like : Numbes, Pages, Docs to Go, Penultimate. Apart from this the Garageband and iMovie apps is something which only the iPad can make worth off.
The Maps apps which is pre-loaded supports the Google maps , even though Google earth is missing. So no satellite images. But the work around is to load other apps like Tripadvisor which shows the satellite images.(Same Google Earth).
Experience: It’s a cute little notebook with the world in your hands. The 3G requires a micro-sim card. Even though BSNL now provides one, I used my existing sim card by cutting it using a sim cutter and it works fine.
Apps in my iPad as on date:
Calender, Contacts, Notes, Maps, Videos, YouTube, iTunes, App Store, Game Center, FaceTime, Photo Booth, iPod, Safari, Photos, Mail and Camera
Work and Premium Apps loaded (Including free ones)
GarageBand, iMovie, PD Maps, PS Express, Auto Adjust, Photo Editor, WordPress, Calculator, Friendly, Penultimate, Analytics HD, FTPOnTheGo, Numbers, Pages, Dropbox, SEO Review, SiteAnalyser, iAdsense, IM+ Pro, Qik Video, myLanguage, Clock Pro,Desi Radio, NDTV HD, Manorama, Weather HD, iBooks, Free Books, Wattpad, iPad Tips, Indian Trains, IndianRail, TripAdvisor, AroundMe, Google, Planets, Amazing Puzzle, FaceGoo HD, DocsToGo, Atomic Web Browser
Asphalt 6, Infinity Blade, Angry Birds HD, Angry Birds Rio, TableTennis, Cut the Rope, Ant Smasher, StrikeKnight, FN HD Lite, NinJimp HD, Paper Toss HD, Carrom MP, Tilt to Live, MetalStorm, Talking Ben and Talking Tom 2