Tomorrow, Friday, March, 11, you can buy an iPad 2. The question, of course, is should you.
David Pogue, The New York Times’ personal gadget guru, says that despite any negatives, the iPad 2 really is something else: The original iPad’s "appeal is more emotional than rational. Once you get it in your hands, you get caught up in the fascination of manipulating on-screen objects by touching them. Apple sold 15 million iPads in nine months, created a mammoth new product category and started an industry of copycats. Apparently, it doesn’t pay to bet against Steve Jobs’s gut instinct. On Friday the iPad 2 goes on sale, for the same price as the old one (from $500 for the Wi-Fi-only model with 16 gigabytes of storage, to $830 with 64 gigabytes and both Wi-Fi and cellular Internet connections). And if you thought there was an intellectual/emotional disconnect before, wait till you see this thing."
Pogue notes that, rationally speaking, Apple has not added a lot with its iPad 2. But then he says, "My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience."
Pogue then devotes some space to talking about Apple’s tablet rivals, and what they have coming up. And then he writes, "But you know what? The iPad will still dominate the market, because it dominates in all the most important criteria: thinness, weight, integration, beauty — and apps."