Apple iPad 2 Review Roundup & Conclusion: It’s a Hit

We’ve been reporting all the news, insights and speculation about the Apple iPad 2 both before and after its official launch last week. The iPad 2 will actually be released in the U.S. tomorrow, March 11, and we thought that this would be a good time to give you a roundup of what the reviews are saying, and conclusions. No doubt we’ll witness the usual lines of people eager to get their hands on this much-wanted device, and you could even be reading this while in line!

We’ve published so many articles now with news, features and views on the iPad 2 that we rounded them up so that you can access many through one article so if you want to find out more check it out at the link. We also recently posted an iPad 2 buying guide with all the information you may need for just how to get your hands on the device. Back to the reviews though and we started by looking at one from Joshua Topolsky over on Engadget, which as we’ve come to expect from Engadget is very comprehensive and informative.

Topolsky looks at every aspect of the iPad including the hardware, internals, performance, battery life, cameras, software, browser and more, as well as the new Smart Cover accessory. The wrap-up is pretty decisive and positive, after all you can’t get much more positive than this, “The iPad 2 isn’t just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market.” That said, there are some negatives such as the cameras, which are called “pretty bad” and the screen not being improved from the original iPad, but overall the iPad 2 receives high praise and is said to be “as good as it gets right now.”

On then to a review by the eminent Walt Mossman of The Wall Street Journal on All Things Digital, who calls the iPad 2 “evolutionary rather than revolutionary” but said the device worked well and that the plus points (amount of apps, design, faster processor and reasonable price) counted for more than the drawbacks (mediocre still photos, lack of Adobe Flash, and lack of capability of upgrading to 4G). The iPad 2 is certainly thought to be good enough to keep Apple ahead of the competition and Mossman’s bottom line is that he would “comfortably recommend it as the best tablet for average consumers.”

The final review we’re looking at comes from Jason Snell on PCWorld and points out that it was always going to be hard to follow on from the huge success of the first iPad but that the iPad 2 manages this with “aplomb.” The review even goes as far as to say that after the tablet competition have spent all year trying to catch up, it’s “almost unfair” that they now have the iPad 2 to contend with instead. The conclusion is that the iPad 2 “raises the bar” with improves speed, new features, good battery life and a competitive price.

All three of these reviews pointed out that if you already have the first iPad there’s no need to dump it straight away in favor of the iPad 2 but we have no doubt that many people will do exactly that. Even if some hadn’t planned to upgrade to the iPad 2 straight away, after the extremely positive reviews we’ve seen, many consumers may not be able to resist. The iPad 2 certainly seems to have lived up to the hype and despite a few minor drawbacks seems to have impressed reviewers in a big way.

We asked previously if the Apple iPad 2 would be as popular as first anticipated and after the first reviews are in we’re beginning to think the answer to that is likely to be ‘yes.’ Are you heading out to the stores tomorrow to line up for your iPad 2, or maybe you’re still undecided, or instead prefer a different tablet? We’d be interested to hear from you so let us know with your comments using the box below.