Will the iPad 2 Remedy the Originals Shortcomings?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-03-01 Print this article Print

5. The full browsing experience

One of the major issues with Apple's iPad is that its Safari browser doesn't deliver the full browsing experiencing those on the desktop offer. For one, it lacks Flash support. It also doesn't have real tabbed browsing. In Android 3.0 Honeycomb, tabbed browsing is available. Those who have used the platform say the browsing is top-notch. Until Apple makes improvements to iOS and delivers better browsing, its iPad will be a step behind.

6. The Motorola Xoom

As many of the items above have noted, the Motorola Xoom seems to be one of the more promising iPad alternatives on store shelves. The device comes with a 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, dual cameras, a dual-core processor and many other features that the current iPad doesn't have. For now, the Xoom seems like a nice option for customers. A solid argument can be made for why all its features make the current iPad obsolete.

7. 4G

One of the biggest issues with Apple's iPad is that it only allows users to access AT&T's network with an additional networking accessory. The tablet can only connect to Verizon's network with the help of a device like the MiFi 2200 Hotspot. Moreover, it lacks 4G connectivity. Considering several devices, including the upcoming RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, will boast 4G, it would only make sense for folks to consider the WiFi and 3G-only iPad an obsolete alternative.

8. Improved multitasking

When the iPad first launched last year, multitasking wasn't available. Now, it finally is. But current iPad owners need to double-click the device's home button to bring up a display of icons representing apps that are running. It's multitasking, but exactly how well it's implemented is up for debate. In Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Google delivers improved multitasking, allowing users to see each app in windows. That effect allows users to see a thumbnail of open apps. It saves users time and generally makes for a better multitasking option. Hopefully that will be addressed in the iPad 2 running iOS 5.

9. Video conferencing

As noted, the current iPad lacks any cameras. So, those who want to snap photos can't do so. Even worse for enterprise customers and users of Apple's FaceTime platform, the iPad doesn't come with a front-facing camera for video conferencing. There's no telling if video conferencing will take off in the tablet space, but considering the vast majority of devices will deliver front-facing cameras, Apple's omission is rather glaring.

10. The iPad 2

If there is any new technology in the tablet space that could make the current iPad obsolete, it's the upcoming iPad 2. Expected to be unveiled at a special press event on March 2, the iPad 2 will likely deliver many of the features current iPad owners are hoping for, including dual cameras, an improved operating system (eventually) and a better processor. There's a good chance that the device will come with a few surprises that helps push it above the competition. At least right now, the iPad 2 promises to be the top tablet contender in the market. And not even its predecessor will be able to match it. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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