Apple has finally accepted the oppor tunity in the Indian market and has launched the iPad 2 almost at the same time of its global launch. The next gen eration iPad is leaner and meaner than its predecessor, both in terms of looks and features. The iPad 2 is available in both black and white colours. The vol*ume rocker and silence key are on the right spine and the micro SIM slot is on the left. The mechanism of putting the SIM remains the same. You need to use the pin to punch in the hole and the SIM tray comes out. The placement of the SIM slot is a bit awkward and we did face a bit of inconvenience in access- ing it. There is a secondary camera at the top of the front panel, followed by a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen that is protected by the oleophobic coating.
The iPad 2 runs on iOS 4 and is pow ered by dual core AS chip that makes it work faster than its predecessor. You can see the performance enhance ment, especially if you have a graphics intensive application playing on it. You need to plug your iPad with ([unes to activate it and once you do, you can simply upgrade it to iOS 4.3.3. However, it still doesn't have flash support. There is a multi-touch that makes navigation easier and convenient.
port for multiple windows, and despil the lack of flash, you can play YouTu videos in the browser. As always, the touch response of the iPad 2 is pretty smooth. The UI is much similar as SCfi in other Apple products in this categor There arc multiple homescreen panels and you can just swipe across to acce\) them. Pressing the home key once ta~ you to search feature, and if pressed twice, opens the task switcher that you access to recently accessed apps. -nley appear on a dock at the bottom a the screen. If you swipe right, you can access the iPod controls on the same doc. In terms of connectivity, you haw the option of choosing only WiFi, or 3G + WiFi. Bluetooth is also available but can only connect headsets. On the messaging front, the phone supports all popular clients including Microsoft.