How To Buy iPad 2 in India

While Steve Jobs is busy minting money with the new iPad 2 launch in the US of A, we Indians have to be satisfied with the old iPad that is finally being sold in stores around here. The old iPad, which is so last year has 256MB of RAM as compared to the newer one which has 512MB and is also thinner, lighter and has the wonderful smart cover accessory with a microfiber cleaning layer that cleans the screen of the iPad 2 and also doubles as a magnetically attached stand for the device.

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So, do I hear all of you pouncing at the title? This means all of you must be one of those gadget crazy people with a lot of money to shell out. If you are not, then you’re going to be disappointed. The iPad 2 for us Indians can be procured at eBay at insane prices. All of these are the Wifi only models, since the 3G + Wifi is locked to the AT&T carrier in the US:-

These rates do not include the customs tax that you are bound to be faced with when you buy the iPad 2. For now, this is the only legit way of buying the iPad 2 in India at exorbitant prices. Other options are always available on eBay.com (you just need to search around!)

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A word of warning here: do not trust the apparently cheapsite called shopyourworld.com. Many users have warned against using their services as they provide no physical address of their company. As always, use the Web of Trust to see whether a site is trustworthy or not.

Comex Jailbreaks the iPad 2

Just a few days after the has been out, it has been successfully jailbroken by Comex, a developer team member of the jailbreaking community.

iPad 2 Jailbreak

Comex posted images of a jailbroken 2 running Cydia, however, no details are available as to when the jailbreak will be made available to public or whether this jailbreak can help users unlock their iPad 2 3G devices.

We are following updates on this and will update this post when more information becomes available. iPad 2 runs iOS 4.3, so you can also expect a jailbreak for other iOS devices like the and to be made available soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi Priced at $399; Launching on April 4

The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the first successful Android tablet which was launched back in 2010. It was the only tablet other than the iPad which had good sales, but compared to the iPad, it was a relative flop, mainly due to its high pricing.

It was priced at $599 which was perceived to be quite high, as the iPad started at just $499. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will likely be priced even higher, but here’s some good news for Android tablet fans.

The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab will be priced at $399, which is exactly the same as the first generation iPad. It will be launched on April 4. Though the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi has much better hardware specifications, the iPad offers a better OS and more tablet apps.

With the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi coming in the next month, we don’t know how much of a success the Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi will be, but if Samsung announces an upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the Galaxy Tab, it could be a very interesting device.

By the way, you can also expect a Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, but it will likely be priced much higher, closer to the $600 mark.

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via Droid-Life

iPad 2 Goes on Sale Online

As promised Apple has now gone ahead with the sale of on it’s online store. Users can purchase the 2 by visiting http://store.apple.com

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Users can purchase the Wi-Fi or 3G device from the store starting at $499 and above. You can purchase both the black as well as the white iPad 2. However, shipping of the product will take 2-3 weeks so you might receive the iPad 2 late March or early April.

You can get a iPad 2 3G version with a contract with either AT&T or Verizon. Additionally you can also buy accessories for the iPad online. Online orders for the iPad 2 are limited to 2, you can also buy the iPad 2 in stores later today evening.

So are you going to buy an iPad 2? Do let me know if you would.

Review Roundup: What Is Everyone Saying About The iPad 2

The embargo for iPad 2 reviews was lifted a few hours ago and the top gadget and Apple-centric websites have their thorough reviews of the device out. Based on the initial reactions, I’ve drawn the following conclusions:

  • The battery life on the device is great. Apple claims 10 hours, in regular use-cases you can squeeze 10 hours from your iPad 2. PCWorld has some numbers quoted below.
  • The cameras in the iPad 2 aren’t good for still photographs but do justice to videos for which they are intended. Apple hasn’t talked about the camera specs either.
  • Sound quality is debatable.
  • The A5 processor from Apple offers recognizable performance improvements.
  • If you own an iPad and don’t have disposable cash, you can skip this version.

Here are some excerpts from the reviewers:

Joshua Topolsky, Engadget:

Pictures don’t quite do the iPad 2 justice — it feels really, really great in your hands. Not only does the construction give it a feeling of heft and permanence, but the thin profile combined with the new, tapered edges make holding the device a real joy.

we can’t say that there’s a major improvement as far as the placement goes. It does the job, but if you’re working in GarageBand (or just listening to music or watching video), you’ll want good headphones or decent speakers nearby.

The CPU and graphics performance of this tablet felt extremely impressive to us — the iPad 2 performed excellently no matter what we threw at it.

In our standard video test (running an MPEG4 video clip on loop, WiFi on, screen at roughly 65 percent brightness), the iPad 2 managed an astonishing 10 hours and 26 minutes of non-stop playback.

Let’s just put this out there: the iPad 2 cameras are really pretty bad.

He summarizes his experience in a sentence by saying that the iPad is the only tablet on the market.

MG Siegler, TechCrunch:

Holding the original iPad now feels a bit like holding a slightly bulky monitor compared to the iPad 2. The iPad 2 feels much more like holding a clipboard.

[…] the cameras on the device are not great.

The battery life remains excellent.

In the end Siegler suggests that if you own an iPad v1 and have disposable income, go for it. Else, you wouldn’t miss a lot and can skip this one.

Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear:

In reality, as was the case with the first iPad, we’ve seen in excess of ten hours mixed use from a full charge. That’s with WiFi switched on; turn the wireless off, as you might while in airplane mode, and you’ll stretch even more out of the iPad 2.

Jason Snell, MacWorld:

For Apple’s competitors in the tablet-device market, the iPad 2 is a bucket of water to the face. After more than a year of struggling to catch up to the original iPad, here’s a new model that addresses many of the iPad’s deficiencies, dramatically improves its speed, and doesn’t cede any ground on price, features, or battery life.

Honestly, an Apple centric website saying this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Tim Gideon, PCWorld:

[…] the real-time effects it’s able to render to live images in Photo Booth are quite impressive for both their speed and grace. You almost never see the iPad stutter or slow down during a game or video […]

Our continuous video playback-only rundown test of the Verizon model yielded 3 hours 58 minutes. Playing audio only, but with the screen always on, we were able to eke out 7 hours 15 minutes.

Unless you’re dying for the graphics performance and camera, which, again, doesn’t replace a dedicated one, upgrading right now seems a bit rash.

David Pogue, The New York Times:

My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience.

The iPad will still dominate the market, because it dominates in all the most important criteria: thinness, weight, integration, beauty — and apps.

Pogue has his biases and Apple is one of them.

For me, after going through the announcement (twice) the A5 chip and the Smart Cover are more interesting than the iPad 2. For a tablet device, battery life is crucial and Apple has done a commendable job of maintaining their previous numbers despite the added modifications. While Microsoft still continues to push WIndows 7 based tablets, Apple and Google are way ahead with Apple continuing to lead. The iPad 2 seems to be a good device for first-time to-be iPad owners given the price, specs, features and competition.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Pricing to be Reconsidered Following iPad 2 Announcement

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced at the Mobile World Congress last month, it was one of the most impressive Android tablets to be launched this year. It offered a huge improvement over the existing Galaxy Tab, and had way more features than the Apple iPad.

But now, with the Apple iPad 2 having been launched, Samsung seems to be a bit apprehensive about the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The iPad 2 may not have better hardware specs than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Motorola Xoom, but it is much slimmer and the pricing is very competitive.

Also, there are more than 65000 apps for the iPad 2 while Android has less than 100 apps. The only way Android tablets can be made attractive to consumers is by pricing them much lower than the iPad and by offering more features. While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does deliver on the features part, its pricing was likely to be much higher than the iPad 2. Samsung seems to have realized this.

“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made it [iPad 2] very thin” said Lee Don Joo, Executive VP, Samsung. “The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over”.

This news should be welcomed by Android fans. Thanks to the iPad 2, they will be getting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for much lower than they would have.

Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Watch iPad 2 Announcement Video by Steve Jobs

By now all you people might already have heard about the announcement of the new , but if you missed watching the event online you probably want to see it for two reasons.

  1. The iPad 2
  2. Steve Jobs

So go ahead and see how Steve Jobs talked about the 2 while bringing down PC creators and the competition. You will also see what the new iPad 2 has to offer and what the pricing is, new features are and more.

So without ado, click the play button on the video below. You will require the QuickTIme plugin from Apple for browsers to be able to watch the video embedded at Apple. Unfortunately we couldn’t embed it into the post.

iPad 2 Makes It To eBay for For $1,159; Stay Away from Purchasing It

Earlier today, Apple unveiled the . The device is not yet available for pre-orders but will start shipping in the United States on March 11, 2011 and in 26 other countries by March 25, 2011.

iPad 2 eBay

The tablet is priced at the same cost the had, starting out at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. The 64GB version of the iPad 2 Wi-Fi version costs $699 and the 3G version costs $829. However, some sellers on eBay are already looking to make a killing out of this price by selling the iPad 2 for $1,159.

The price listed above is for the 64GB 3G version and costs $330 more than the actual retail price. The product though won’t ship until March 22 or March 23 and will cost you another $20 for shipping costs.

I also found several other iPad 2 listings on eBay for other versions, for example this iPad 2 version costs about $999 and though it does not list which version it will be shipping. The seller is also shipping the iPad 2 between March 7 and March 9. This listing is a total sham because Apple itself is not selling the iPad 2 till March 11.

eBay sellers have been known to make a huge killing on Apple based products in countries such as India and wherever the they are not available legally. Users are OK with paying a premium for the products, but make sure to know the facts before you order the device. If you are not able to purchase the iPad 2 in your country, you are better off having it bought by a friend or relative rather than using the eBay channel.

iOS 4.3 Introduces Photo Booth, iPad 2 Gets Facetime

As expected, along with the iPad 2, Apple also unveiled iOS 4.3 today. Apple sold as many as 15 million tablets in 2010 and single-handedly kick-started a new genre of devices. In spite of being initially ridiculed for its seeming lack of functionality, the iPad “flummoxed” everyone, and went on to become one of the most desirable gadgets of 2010. One of the most significant contributors to the iPad’s success was its specially crafted iOS, which made the pre-Honeycomb Android tablets look ungainly. With iOS 4.3, Apple is moving on to the next level.

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Multimedia is clearly the biggest area of focus in iOS 4.3. The iPad 2 features a front as well as a rear camera. In order to take advantage of them, Apple has ported its popular Photo Booth app. Like its desktop counterpart, Photo Booth for iPad will ship with dozens of fun effects, all of which can be previewed in real-time. Also included is Facetime – Apple’s popular video chatting application, which is already available for iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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The new operating system for iPad also makes it easier to share content with other devices. Airplay, which offers an intuitive and easy way to stream photos, videos and audio to Apple TVs, speakers and other devices, has been improved and opened up to 3rd party apps. iTunes home sharing, which lets you stream and transfer multimedia content with up to five other devices on your local network, is now supported in iOS.

If you own an iPhone, you will be pleased to know that the OS update will add support for personal hotspot. This means that if you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi connection, you can share your iPhone’s connection with your iPad. This is undoubtedly a pretty neat feature. However, in typical Apple fashion, it has been restricted to the iPhone 4.

On the web browsing front, there is good news in the form of an improved Nitro JavaScript engine, which should give a speed boost to Safari. Apple has also partially backtracked on its decision to change the orientation lock switch into a mute button. In the updated iOS, the user will be able to choose what he wants to use the button for.

As previously confirmed by Apple, the new four and five finger multi-touch gestures seen in the iOS 4.3 beta have been removed from the the final release build. It’s not clear if they will be included in future builds, since Apple has stated that they only wanted to collect developer feedback on those gestures.

Just as expected, there are quite a few significant improvements in iOS 4.3, but nothing that is mind-blowing. This point update is more about evolution than revolution. iOS 4.3 for the iPad, iPhone (GSM) and the iPod will be released on March 11.

[images via Engadget]

How To Pre-Order iPad 2

Update: Please read bottom of the post for updates about the pre-orders.

Apple will start shipping on March 11, 2011 in the United States and in 26 more countries in March 25, 2011. This is the quickest announcement to delivery period I have seen in a long time.

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If you have liked what you have seen in the 2 and also the accessories like the Smart Cover and HDMI cable, you can go ahead and get your iPad 2 device from the online Apple store. The pricing for the iPad 2 is similar to the iPad 1 and will start at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.

In order to pre-order the iPad 2 head over to http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad/start. You will be able to pre-order both the black iPad 2 as well as the white iPad 2. The order system is still being updated and will be open shortly to accept orders for the iPad 2.

You can also buy the iPad 2 device from a physical Apple Store starting March 11. So are you going to pre-order the iPad 2? Do you like what you see? Do let me know about it.

Update: The orders will start to be accepted on March 11 itself on the online store too. Apple is not accepting pre-orders right now.

Update 2: Apple Stores and Online stores will start accepting orders on March 11 itself