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Just under one year ago, Apple shocked the computing world with a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet that few truly expected.

Some called the original Apple iPad a large-format iPhone. Others berated the name and made jokes that were not remotely funny.

The early reviews were marginal at best – we handed the device a solid four stars. Technical folks decried the lack of Adobe Flash and the missing cameras.

Now, 60,000 apps later (according to Apple, who counts every conceivable option) and just a few weeks after the first real Android 3.0 tablet contender hit the streets (Motorola Xoom), the iPad 2 has sauntered onto the playing field.

At 241mm tall, 186mm wide, and 8.6mm thick, the iPad 2 is just a hair smaller than the original iPad and it’s thinner than the iPhone 4. It has a curved edge that makes it look a bit more ‘space age’ and, surprisingly, easier to grasp because you can curve your fingers more easily around the bezel.
With rounded edges, iPad 2 has a more contoured look, shunning the straight edges of the original iPad.  According to Kevin Keller of IHS iSuppli, the slim appearance of iPad 2 not only makes the first iPad seem bulky, but also makes other tablet devices seem gargantuan compared to iPad 2. 

Despite having a slimmer battery, iPad 2 is roughly 15 percent more efficient in terms of power usage compared with the original.  Foregoing the two thick cells of the first iPad, Apple used three thinner, slimmer, cells, reducing the battery’s thickness.

For the screen, Apple did away with the metal sheet structure in favor of a touchscreen with an improved glass layer.  The glass on iPad 2 is thinner, more flexible and durable, than the screen of the original iPad according to IHS tests.

Compounding all of this is the cost advantage Apple has over its competitors.  UBM indicates that Apple reportedly only spent $270 to manufacture the 32GB iPad 2, cheaper compared to the estimated cost for the Motorola Xoom.

iPad 2 is smaller, faster and more feature-rich than the first generation iPad.  Moreover, with low costs, both to manufacture and to offer consumers, others can’t match, Apple and iPad should continue to dominate the tablet market.

Have you purchased iPad 2? 🙂

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About Muzammil

Over the past 6 years, I have designed, developed and managed over 150 iPhone/iPad applications for many large-scale clients, some include Rolex, Ford, Makemark LLC, Source Digital Production, IT City (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), R.Ø.S.A. Creation etc. These applications ranged from simple navigation bar application to high end user interface design for image processing, simple games with Core Graphics and OpenGL. Before started Triffort Technologies i was working in Ampere Software Pvt Ltd as a senior iOS Developer. I was the first employe of Ampere who started iPhone/iPad development in the company. In ampere i worked on some complex apps like Boxboss, Austin Post, User Tracking etc. Throughout my career, I have used Core Graphics, OpenGL, SQLite, Core Data, JSON, XML etc. I am very proficient in many design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, iMove. Although I am very knowledgeable in all Adobe Products. Most the time i am designing my apps without taking help from any graphics designer. I love to make app from my designs. It feels great when you are creating app from scratch and no body else is involve in your ideas. You are free to do anything. As the Senior Developer and Team lead at Triffort Technologies, I managed a team of Technical Interactive Developers and Designers. As their manager I am responsible for scheduling, resource management, task reviews, process development and enhancements, employee reviews and new employee hiring. I believe good employee morale and communication are key factors to successful, creative work, therefore, positive feedback was part of my daily routine. But most of the time you can find me on my desk writing codes for some app. I love programming. This is my passion. I’m a team player. I am a motivated individual who enjoys taking on new challenges and learning new technologies. I am well organized and a proficient multi-tasker. I have strong problem solving skills such as the ability to use technology in creative ways to meet unique project requirements. I love to be challenged and I always have a positive outlook no matter how tight the deadline is. If you would like to contact me or find out more about my experience, please contact me at muzammil@triffort.com or you can Skype me at muz.iphonedev.

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