I like what I have heard about the Apple iPad 2. I like that it is 33% thinner and supposedly much faster without losing battery life. I will be one of the multitudes who will be buying it on March 11th, 2011. However, that has not blinded me to the fact that the media is completely crazy about anything Apple does. There is such a lack of unbiased and clear-headed reporting that someone has to point out that the emperor (Apple or Steve Jobs) is missing some clothes.
I have yet to read in any newspaper, magazine or web-based news site what the specs are on the new cameras that are built into the iPad 2. How many megapixels do they feature? Do they have optical zoom? Is there a built-in flash? Good luck finding any of this without without some very determined sleuthing. The only number I have been able to find is that the rear facing camera can shoot video at 720P. This would put the camera in the paltry .92 megapixel range. This is not exactly state-of-the-art nor is it up to par with the 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4.
So now that we know why Steve Jobs did not say, “The camera is just amazing!” during his presentation, let’s examine some other deficiencies. The iPad 2 does not have a built-in SD card slot nor a standard micro-USB port. These two would make the device ideal for photographers who want to see their photos on a large screen while they are out in the field taking photos. Apple charges $29 for the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit which includes an SD card and USB adapter that plugs into the the Apple dock port. I think these should be designed into the iPad 2. I would gladly pay more for the iPad 2 if these were accessible on the edge of the device.
The bottom line is don’t drink the Apple Kool-Aid. Look at each new device they release with a critical eye and decide for yourself if it really meets your needs.