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Product review: iPad2

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The Apple iPad 2, the computer for those who don’t want a computer

In 2011, Apple introduced the second version of its large size mobile device into the market, the well-known Apple iPad 2.  This device is considered by many as simply an improvement to version one in terms of hardware, as both tablets share dimensions, battery life and operating system. But it is its dual core processor, the Apple A5, and improved graphic control, sleeker dimensions in width and weight, which makes the user experience different from the first model.

This device, thanks to its simplicity and the intuitive manner of its interface, is ideal for students as well as the old and young. The learning curve is shorter with the iPad 2 in respect to other platforms such as the Android or WebOS. Examples of this can be found in many video sites online where people over 90 years old or children under 3 can be seen enjoying the use of their iPad. All of this, together with the help of certain editorial and business publications, has made this the device and its operating system the natural choice to be adopted into schools, universities and study centers in many countries and across the United States.

You can look up technical specifics on the official iPad2 website.

Let’s talk accessibility 

At 1.3 lbs and under a quarter of an inch thick, the iPad2 is comfortable to hold in your hands. This is coupled with a more balanced weight distribution of its interior components creating the sense of greater security and ease holding it in just one hand. But for those people who have difficulty operating or handling objects, have caution as this isn’t a lasting feeling and the weight of the device soon becomes noticeable. 

There are a number of stands and bases that can easily be attached to a wheelchair and the 9.7-inch screen can be easy to use with a capacitive pointer.

Although the iOS operating system Apple uses for mobile devices has a voice command function to control some aspects of the device, the operating system really needs a voice-recognition service for those users who need to enter in information verbally. Apple’s online applications depot, the App Store, has applications, which turn voice into text, but not all integrate well with this operating system and therefore cannot be considered a total solution. There are rumors that Apple will integrate this service into the next operating system, nothing has been confirmed.

The device only has 4 physical buttons (blocking, raise and lower volume and the start button). Except for the start button, centered below the touch-screen, the remaining buttons are found on the side of the casing. People who are unable to use buttons will not find it too difficult, as the functions they perform can be adjusted or controlled using the tablet’s software.

Integrated into this version of Apple’s tablet is a frontal 1Mpx camera with enough resolution to hold a videoconference in sign language, together with the resolution in the screen (1200X768 pixels with 132 PPP) and Apple’s videoconference service, known as Facetime makes it a good option for a person with hearing loss.

It will be those with visual disabilities, whether partial or total, who will most enjoy this device as it is the best tablet on the market for people with low vision. The magnifier (Zoom) and the screen reader (VoiceOver) are totally integrated into this operating system and include synthesized voices for more than 20 languages.

Many companies and organizations related with autism have run studies and developed applications for a people within the autistic spectrum.  This is the best tablet for these users as this interface along with the developed applications offer the best user experience for those with autism. 

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