Visit Cart Search
Visit Cart

Apple iPad 2

Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance today to introduce us to the iPad 2 ($500-$829). About 33% thinner than the current iPad (which makes it thinner than the iPhone 4), the all-new iPad features Apple's new dual-core A5 processor for faster everything, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video. It's also got a built-in gyroscope, HDMI video output at 1080p HD ($39 cable required), 10 hours of battery life, and the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. Choose from black or white in 16GB ($500), 32GB ($600), 64GB ($700) sizes. If you want built-in 3G, you'll have to pay a little more — 16GB ($629), 32GB ($729), 64GB ($829). Also announced were iMovie ($5) and GarageBand ($5) for iPad, and a new magnetic Smart Cover ($39-$69).

  • HP TouchPad

    Nope, it's not an iPad. But it sure as hell looks like one. As it happens, the HP TouchPad ($TBA) feels like one too, thanks to its nearly identical screen (9.7 inches), weight (1.6 pounds) and dimensions. Setting it apart are a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.3 megapixel webcam, and HP's not-so-recently acquired webOS 3.0, which sets itself apart from iOS with its card-based interface, "true" multitasking, a HP Synergy-powered communication suite, and fancy new tricks like touch-to-share data transfer and Touchstone technology for sharing info with a webOS phone... which you probably don't have.

  • Nook Color

    Last year's original Nook was a little odd, with a color touch screen and e-Ink display. It was like the iPad and Kindle had an illegitimate child. Now Barnes & Noble is back with the Nook Color ($250). Still based on Android and offering access to a store library of over two million digital titles, the new Nook features a 7-inch VividView touch screen, 8GB of internal storage, microSD storage expansion, Wi-Fi, a full browser, Pandora, and other applications through the new NOOKdeveloper program — which makes it a whole lot more Apple than Amazon.