iPad 2 3G review

The iPad 2 also comes as a more expensive 3G version, but is it worth the extra cash?

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You might be thinking that you'll only really use your iPad at home or work, so you'll always be in range of a Wi-Fi connection, but from our experience you only really notice what a limited approach to owning an iPad that is once you go back to a Wi-Fi-only version.

Once you get used to the freedom that 3G brings, it's hard to go back.

We liked:

Being able to fire-up your iPad whenever you are and check your email makes it a truly portable device. The iPad needs to be fed data, and the more you can give it, the happier it is.

There's also the show-off value of having the most expensive version of the iPad. You can feel smugly superior to your Wi-Fi-only iPad-using friends.

Finally, there's plenty of choice and flexibility when it comes to data plans -shop around and find the right one that suits you.

We disliked:

Losing connection is an issue. On a train from Bath to London we were connected more often than not, but dipping in and out of areas of 3G signal is frustrating. And of course, if you head through a tunnel you lose your connection completely.

Like most people we don't like spending more money than we think we should either. Making the 3G version of the iPad £100 more expensive is hard to justify, since the 3G components themselves won't cost that much to add into an iPad. Then there's the cost of your data plan on top as well.


Don't forget that the original iPad 3G can still be found on Apple's Refurb Store, starting at £389. It's still a perfectly good iPad, and as our tests show, it isn't slower at browsing the net than Apple's latest iPad 2 on the 3G network, it's just not quite as thin and doesn't have a camera.

And if you can live with that then you can save yourself a lot of cash.


Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
Processor ManufacturerApple
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE
Product FamilyiPad 2
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformiOS
Operating SystemiOS 4
Brand NameApple
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeA5
Screen Size24.6 cm (9.7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Weight (Approximate)612.3 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution700 Kilopixel
Height241.3 mm
Width185.7 mm
Depth8.6 mm
Screen ModeXGA
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC775LL/A
Product NameiPad 2 Tablet Computer
Product LineiPad 2
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberMC775LL/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

There's more to it. And even less of it. Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. The same 10-hour battery life. All in a thinner, lighter design. Now iPad is even more amazing. And even less like anything else.