iPad 2

This morning at 2:00 AM (10:00 PM, March 2 in Los Angeles), the top honcho of Apple, Steve Jobs, announces the sequel to last year’s machine that defined the tablet computer category – the iPad 2. Spoiler: I didn’t get to ace all my iPad 2 predictions I wrote in my last article.

WHAT’S NEW?

BUILD. 33% thinner and 15% lighter – no we’re not referring to Steve Jobs – the iPad 2, in its slightly redesigned look indeed boasts a thinner and lighter build. It is thinner that the iPhone 4 and really looks better that its predecessor.

There’s nothing new with the size of the screen. It is still 9 inches in height and 7 inches in width.

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SENSORS. It still packed with Accelerometer but it’s complemented with 2 more sensors which the iPhone 4 and the latest iPod Touch have – the Gyroscope and Compass. With the addition of the latter, we can imagine better gaming experience on the iPad 2.

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CAMERA. One (…or I should say ‘Two’) of the biggest leaps of the iPad 2 from its predecessor is the inclusion of not just one but two cameras. Its front-facing camera is just a timely inclusion to make way for Apple’s celebrated video chat feature, Facetime. As tablet computer competition heats up, Apple has done a great job in also including a rear facing camera that is capable of shooting 720p HD video.

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PERFORMANCE. Perhaps the biggest and best change among all is the new iPad’s core processor. The iPad 2 now has the “mind” of a genius and a “heart” of a lion, thanks to its 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip. Putting the latter inside the new tablet is like injecting a vial of pure adrenaline into the old iPad, pushing it to perform 8 times faster.

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BATTERY LIFE. Apple deserve a standing ovation with regard to the battery life of the new iPad. Given its faster processor and inclusion of two cameras, Apple managed to maintain its original battery life up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music.

The announcement was indeed huge. I was honestly expecting more, but I felt satisfied in the end. I was waiting for Steve Jobs’ famous One-more-thing line, but to my dismay, it never happened. My satisfaction level was already full anyway.

Catch our unboxing and review of the iPad 2 next month only here at Gadget Pilipinas.

 

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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