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Thursday March 10, 2011 2:42 pm

Video: iPad 2 review

Just in time for its March 11th arrival, we've got an in-depth iPad 2 review, that explores the tablet's new features, like its front- and rear-facing cameras, the FaceTime video chat app, and the faster A5 processor, amongst other improvements. Sometimes, though, you just want to see a shiny new device in action—so for those of you dying for a closer look at the tablet (that isn't culled from an Apple commercial or footage from last week's event), check out our video review below.

The iPad 2 may seem like solid gold—and make no mistake, it's definitely a strong tablet and an improvement upon the original—but our reviews point out some of the flaws or lacking features that you might not have considered yet. Did you know that the rear-facing camera offers less than a single megapixel of resolution, for instance? Our video also shows why some criticism of the iPad 2—namely its lack of Flash support—is starting to matter less and less.



The iPad is available on March 11th, starting at $499 (16GB). For the 3G versions, you're looking at $629 and up, with a variety of month-to-month plans from AT&T and Verizon. Our video also includes a look at some of the accessories, like Apple's Smart Cover, and new apps like GarageBand and iMovie, so you can see if they're worth your cash.

Be sure to check back for more coverage as iPad launch week continues, including a video comparing the iPad 2 with the Motorola Xoom and an exploration of the enhanced AirPlay features introduced with the iOS 4.3 update.

This article, written by Tim Gideon, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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