Why am I upgrading to iPad 2? Only for video mirroring

Why am I upgrading to iPad 2? Only for video mirroring

Summary: I tested my colleague's new Apple iPad 2 and there's only one feature I liked that's worthy of an upgrade--the video mirroring.With video mirroring, I can run any iPad or iPhone app on the iPad 2 and the screens for the app will be shown on a HDMI/VGA monitor or projector.

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I tested my colleague's new Apple iPad 2 and there's only one feature I liked that's worthy of an upgrade--the video mirroring.

With video mirroring, I can run any iPad or iPhone app on the iPad 2 and the screens for the app will be shown on a HDMI/VGA monitor or projector. I need to buy a new cable (the Digital AV Adapter cable for HDMI output or VGA Adapter cable for VGA output), but now I'm finally able to showcase my iOS apps properly on a projector or HDTV without having to jailbreak my iPad. I prefer the HDMI cable because it displays the apps in high-definition and gorgeous rich colours like never before.

Allow me to run through the other new iPad 2 features and explain why they are not worthy of an upgrade:

  • iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter. But when I held it, it just doesn't feel that much thinner and lighter. Possibly because I'm already used to lugging my iPad around in my backpack.

  • Dual-core processor: I didn't see any apps that took advantage of the faster processor yet. The overall user experience felt just as fast as the older iPad.

  • Front and back cameras: It seemed uncomfortable to take photos with such a large tablet, and I hardly use the front camera on my iPhone 4 to make video calls, so I don't think I'll ever use the cameras on the iPad 2. Perhaps someday I'll use the iPad 2 for high-definition video conferencing with the new MacBook Pros with built-in HD Webcams, now that FaceTime is available for Macs.

  • iPad's Smart Cover puts your iPad 2 to sleep automatically when you close the cover. So the iPad 2 will make me a little lazier.

I ordered my iPad 2 from Apple Store UK and it's being shipped to me now. With the deluge of Android tablets coming this year, are you still buying the iPad 2?

Topics: Apple, Emerging Tech, Hardware, iPad, Networking, Tablets

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • To be honest I am not sure of any real reason for buying the first iPad other than flagging yourself a victim of hype. iPhone yes, notebook or tablet yes, iPad why?
    bannorbg
  • obviously you have yet to found a use for it, so it doesn't mean if you have no real reason, everyone wouldn't have.

    With regards to its upgraded specification, its boosts in speed is obvious when you start using power hungry apps. More ram makes multitasking smoother, and being 33% is not prominent enough? Everyone who held my ipad claims it feels so much thinner; its nicer to hold, and its thin form factor psychologically makes it feels lighter.

    Smart cover helps preserve the durability of your sleep/wake button. Moreover, isn't it just irritating everytime you flip open your cover, you'll still have to hit the button, and slide to unlock?
    mersi-901ba