Apple iPad 2-Testübersicht: So wertet die Welt - mit Hands-on-Test im Youtube-Video
Das iPad 2 ist ab heute in den USA erhältlich. Die ersten Online-Tests stehen bereit - auch in Videoform von Youtube. Wie schneidet Apples neuer Tablet-PC im Praxistest ab? PC Games gibt eine Wertungsübersicht mit Meinungen renommierter Redaktionen wie Cnet, Techworld, Engadget und mehr.
Heute ist iPad 2-Verkaufsstart in den USA. Am 25. März kommt der iPad-Nachfolger in Deutschland. Wer sich den Kauf des neuesten Apple-Gadgets überlegt, braucht natürlich Testergebnisse und Meinungen - und davon am besten so viele wie möglich. Im Vergleich zum Vorgänger bietet das iPad 2 eine verdoppelte Prozessorleistung dank dem neuen Apple A5-Dual-Core-Prozessor. Dazu kommen zwei Kameras für Filmaufnahmen, Fotos und Video-Chat und einiges mehr. Die Android 3.0-Konkurrenz hat es also nicht leicht.
Doch ist Apple neues Wundergerät sein Geld wert? Wir haben uns auf die Suche nach Online-Tests zum iPad 2 begeben und die interessantesten Meinungen für Sie gesammelt. Für den Anfang haben wir Wertungsfazits von renommierten Redaktionen wie Cnet, Techworld oder Engadget. Sie finden die Aussagen des Testers im Folgenden auszugsweise im Original nach dem Hands-on-Test-Video. Dazu gibt es selbstverständlich den Link zum jeweiligen Online-Test des iPad 2-Tablets von Apple.
It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we'd like to say that something like the Xoom has threatened Apple's presence in this space, it's difficult (if not impossible) to do that. Is the iPad 2 a perfect product? Absolutely not. The cameras are severely lacking, the screen -- while extremely high quality -- is touting last year's spec, and its operating system still has significant annoyances, like the aggravating pop-up notifications. At a price point of $499, and lots of options after that (like more storage and models that work on both Verizon's and AT&T's 3G networks), there's little to argue about in the way of price, and in terms of usability, apps like GarageBand prove that we haven't even scratched the surface of what the iPad can do.
For owners of the previous generation, we don't think Apple's put a fire under you to upgrade. Unless you absolutely need cameras on your tablet, you've still got a solid piece of gear that reaps plenty of the benefits of the latest OS and apps. For those of you who haven't yet made the leap, feel free to take a deep breath and dive in -- the iPad 2 is as good as it gets right now. And it's really quite good.
The iPad was a huge hit, vastly surpassing anyone's expectations for it. (In my review last year, I set a ceiling for success at 10 million, meaning my most optimistic estimate was still five million iPads short.) It's hard to bet against Apple these days. The company is on a roll, not only in terms of sales but in terms of product design. Less than a year on from the original iPad, the iPad 2 is an improvement that doesn't divert any of the iPad's powerful momentum. It's the original iPad, only more so—even smaller, even thinner, even faster than before. If you're one of those people who practices remarkable feats of self-discipline when it comes to buying first-generation hardware products, it's time to celebrate: the second iPad is here, and you can finally slake your thirst...
It's much more comfortable to hold the Apple iPad 2 in one hand. The slight decrease in weight helps, no doubt, but it's also the thinness - and most notably the fact that the back side of the device tapers to a flat surface in a much shorter distance than its predecessor [...]Beyond the device's physical redesign, the major outward difference in the iPad 2 is the addition of a pair of cameras: one on the front and one on the back. As on the latest Apple iPhone and Apple iPod touch, these cameras can shoot pictures, record video, and be used for FaceTime video conferencing.
However, they're definitely of lower quality than the Apple iPhone 4's 5 megapixel camera, and more in line with the cameras on the current model iPod touch. The test images we shot in the hands-on room were grainier and with more evident jagged edges than those shot with an iPhone 4. Even a FaceTime conference with an Apple rep across the room looked a bit soft, though some of that could have been the result of heavy Wi-Fi traffic. [...]
iOS 4.3 sticks with the simple grid of icons and basic multi-tasking that makes the iPad one of the easiest tablets to use. And, when we took the iPad 2 through its paces, we were thrilled to see it really gets its skates on. Opening new browser windows was almost instantaneous, for example. Starting up the camera was also speedy, which is handy for catching spontaneous shots. We can't compare the camera speed to the first iPad, since it didn't have one, but we can vouch for the fact it's heaps faster to boot up than the camera on the iPhone 4. [...]The iPad 2 is a slimmer, faster tablet than its predecessor, without losing any of the battery life we've learned to love. With a posse of Android tablets on the horizon, the iPad 2 won't have tablet town to itself much longer. But the iPad has already sold more than every other previous tablet combined. And with 65,000 iPad apps in the App Store, and a proven track-record as a usable, fun gadget, the iPad 2 isn't running scared.
For original iPad owners, the question of whether to upgrade is a difficult one. If you want Verizon 3G support then there's no choice, of course, but otherwise the performance boost from the free iOS 4.3 update will likely persuade many that they can hold off on a hardware refresh until the third-generation iPad arrives. FaceTime works, certainly, and the ability to shoot 720p HD (and use iMovie, which won't be available for the camera-free original iPad) and process it all on-device are neat, but there's no must-have improvement that conclusively swings it for everybody. If the original iPad's speed proved frustrating to you then the Apple A5 chip is certainly a blessing, and those with an objection to weight won't have any problems falling for the super-skinny iPad 2 chassis, but from the boosted Safari performance alone we'd be tempted to stick with iOS 4.3 a while before dumping the first model.
For everyone else, though, Apple has put together a superbly capable, class-shaping tablet, which can now legitimately take on not only other slates but lighter ereaders such as Amazon's Kindle. The iPad 2 benefits from Apple's cohesive hardware and software development together with the vast third-party developer support of the App Store, consistent and simple to use in equal measure. Apple's vision of the post-PC world isn't quite here yet - the iPad 2 still works best with, and at times demands, integration with a "proper" computer - but when it comes to tablets the iPad 2 maintains its position at the vanguard of the market.
At this point, you're probably thinking that the hardware, software, and smart cover all sound great. But you're still wondering if you should buy one or not? If you don't have an iPad and want one, it's the easiest call in the world. Of course you should. This is everything that was great about the initial iPad, but better.
If you're worried about another iPad coming out later this year, remember that it's at least six to nine months away for something which may or may not even come — a lot can happen between now and then. And if it does come, maybe it will be aimed at a slightly different audience. Who knows. But if you've decided that you definitely want an iPad, you'll probably just be dwelling on it over the next several months if you don't take the plunge now.
For existing iPad owners, things are a bit murkier. If you have the disposable income, it's a no-brainer to upgrade. Again, this is everything you like about the iPad 1, but better.