Frequently Asked Questions About the iPad 2

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How far have we come? The iPad 2 bragged about the ability to Facetime. We now have three difference iPad sizes. Image © Apple, Inc.

Did you know that there are more iPad 2 tablets out in the world than any other iPad?  Not only was the iPad 2 Apple's bestselling iPad, it was also kept in production after the third-generation iPad was released and used as an 'entry level' iPad. This not only means a lot of people still own one, but also the iPad 2 can be easily found on Craigslist or eBay for people who are interested in buying a used iPad.

So let's go over some basic information on the second-generation iPad.  

The iPad 2 FAQ:

How big is it? The iPad 2 is 9.5 inches long, 7.3 inches wide and 0.34 inches thick.

How much does it weigh?  The Wi-Fi model weighs 1.33 lbs and the 3G model weight 1.35 lbs.

How fast is it? The iPad 2 is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor and runs roughly twice the speed of the original iPad. The iPad 2 and iPad 3 use similar processors, with the iPad 3 using a higher powered graphics processor. How fast is that in today's terms?  The iPad Air 2 is about seven times faster than the iPad 2 when using a single core of the processor. 

How good are the graphics? The iPad 2's screen has a 1024x768 resolution, the same as the original iPad.  The original iPad Mini also had a 1024x768 screen resolution, but all other iPad models coming after the iPad 2 have a "Retina Display" of at least 2048x1536 resolution.

 

Can it multitask? The iPad 2 supports a limited form of multitasking through iOS. Apps will be suspended in the background, but some processes like music will continue running. This allows you to listen to Pandora while you browse the web. It doesn't support slide-over or split-screen multitasking.

Can I hook it up to my TV? Yes. The iPad 2 supports several methods of hooking it up to your TV, including AirPlay.  But the iPad 2 may not support all features such as 1080p wireless playback or display mirroring.  

Does the iPad 2 support Bluetooth? The iPad 2 supports a number of Bluetooth devices, including headphones and wireless keyboards.  It will support any device that is compatible with Bluetooth 2.1.

Does it have GPS? The iPad 2 with 3G includes an A-GPS chip. The iPad 2 with only Wi-Fi uses wireless routers to get a fix on the location.

Can I stream music and movies to it?  Yes, there are a number of apps for streaming music and the iPad 2 is compatible with all movie and TV apps.  

Does it have a camera? Yes. The iPad 2 contains a front-facing and a back-facing camera. However, the cameras aren't as high of quality as those found on the iPhone 4.

Does it support Flash? No. Some websites with Flash can be viewed using an alternative web browser like iSwifter, but the iPad 2 has no true Flash support.

Does it have an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a compass? Yes.

Does it have a microphone? Yes. And the addition of the dual-cameras means you can use FaceTime on the iPad 2.

How long can it run between charges? Apple states that the iPad 2 will run for 10 hours before needing to be charged, but individual usage will change based on how you use the device.

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How much does it cost? The iPad 2 is no longer for sale in retail stores, which means pricing will vary.  The newest iPads still in production are around $250 new and $220 refurbished. The iPad 2's basic worth is less than $150.  Actual pricing will vary.

Should I buy an iPad 2?  The iPad 2 is still compatible with most apps thanks in large part to the iPad Mini, which used the same processor.  Many apps are still tested against the A5 processor for this reason, but the iPad 2 (and iPad Mini) may soon become obsolete if Apple decides to no longer support the devices in future upgrades of iOS.

It is not recommended to buy an iPad 2, but the tablet can still be used to perform many tasks.  

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