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iPad 2 FAQ

Quick Answers to Your iPad Questions


The iPad 2 With FaceTime

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Apple's iPad dominates the tablet market, with some analysts estimating that it owns up to 90% of the market share for tablet computers. But is it right for you? Everyone's needs are different when it comes to computers, and tablet computer are no different. If you still have questions about the iPad 2 before you run out and buy one, you have come to the right place.

The iPad 2 FAQ:

How big is it? The iPad 2 is 9.5 inches long, 7.3 inches wide, .34 inches thick and weighs 1.35 lbs.

How fast is it? Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, the iPad 2 runs at around twice the speed of the original iPad.

How good are the graphics? The iPad 2's screen has a 1024x768 resolution, the same as the original iPad. However, the chip powering the graphics has been upgraded, and when combined with the power of the dual-core processor, the iPad 2's graphics are capable of speeds of up to 9 times faster than the original iPad.

Can it multitask? The iPad 2 supports a limited form of multitasking through iOS. Apps will be suspended, but some processes like music will continue running. This allows you to listen to Pandora while you browse the web.

Can I hook it up to my TV? Yes. The iPad 2 supports several methods of hooking it up to your TV.

Does the iPad 2 support Bluetooth? The iPad 2 supports a number of Bluetooth devices, including headphones and wireless keyboards.

Does it have GPS? The iPad 2 w/3G has an A-GPS chip. The iPad 2 w/Wi-Fi uses wireless routers to get a fix on your location.

Can I steam music and movies to it? The iPad 2 support home sharing, which allows you to stream music and movies from your PC to your iPad 2.

How much does it cost? The low-end iPad 2 with 16 GB of memory and no 3G costs $499. Prices run all the way up to $829 for a top-of-the-line 64 GB iPad 2 w/3G. Find out more about iPad 2 pricing.

Does it have a camera? Yes. The iPad 2 contains a front-facing and a back-facing camera. However, the cameras aren't as high of quality as those found on the iPhone 4.

Does it support Flash? No. Some websites with Flash can be viewed using an alternative web browser like iSwifter, but the iPad 2 has no true Flash support.

Does it have an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a compass? Yes.

Does it have a microphone? Yes. And the addition of the dual-cameras means you can use FaceTime on the iPad 2.

How long can it run between charges? Apple states that the iPad 2 will run for 10 hours before needing to be charged, but individual usage will change based on how you use the device. Find out how to save battery life

Does it run iPhone apps? Yes, you can run iPhone apps in windowed mode or in double-the-pixels-double-your-fun full-screen mode. iPhone apps that support Retina Display look especially good on the iPad 2.

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