Review — iPad 2 評測集錦

一般的經驗是貨比三家不吃虧,但因為其它的 都不是 iPad,所以只好多看幾篇 review。

跟 CDMA iPhone 4 一樣,Apple 提前將 iPad 2 送交幾個 A-list pro reviewer 試用。也跟 iPhone 4 評測集錦 一樣,節錄一些精華片段,除了供讀者參考,也順便為自已將巳經爆炸的資訊做番整理,留下 log。關於導讀,嫌英文讀起來吃力的話就請直接跳過,讀中文的搭腔式短評就好,這次都寫得很簡短,免得讀者太辛苦。

The iPad 2, Daring Fireball:

If you didn’t like the original iPad, you’re not going to like the iPad 2. If you liked the original iPad, you’re going to like the iPad 2 even better.

這樣做就對了,Apple 一直是這樣的,結果成了。不成也照樣做。

I asked my friend Guy English, an iOS developer who has worked on games like Tap Tap Revenge (as a contractor for Tapulous and Disney), to write a custom test app to measure an iPad’s graphics capabilities from the perspective of a game developer. It’s a simple app that renders hundreds (or even a few thousand) sprites moving around on screen, with gravity, and tracking up to three touch points. The results show that the iPad 2’s graphics improvements far outshine its straightforward CPU improvements — exactly as Apple has advertised.

特別情商友人撰寫 graphic test app. How geeky!

On the iPad 1, Guy’s demo app dropped below 60 fps with about 100 animated sprites; on the iPad 2, it didn’t drop below 60 fps until there were over 750 animated sprites.

Real 9X graphic. Apple 所言不假,圖形處理非常快。以後 developer 會發展更複雜的 game。

iPad 2 review, Engadget:

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. That beats Apple’s own claims, and bests its nearest competitor — the Xoom — by about 2 hours. That’s another whole movie!

續航力極強,甚至超過 Apple 的宣稱,也超過初代 iPad。

Let’s just put this out there: the iPad 2 cameras are really pretty bad. They’re not unusable, but it’s clear that the sensors employed are not top shelf by any measure. If you have a fourth generation iPod touch with cameras, you can expect the same results.

iPad 2 鏡頭真是爛的可以。瞧我「iPad 2 鏡頭」寫得多順,仿佛 iPad 本當是台相機了。

特別點出來是因為我實在不喜歡 Apple 選用的 sensor。又成了把柄了你看。

It might frustrate the competition to hear this, but it needs to be said: the iPad 2 isn’t just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we’d like to say that something like the Xoom has threatened Apple’s presence in this space, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to do that.

我都不知道該怎麼形容 iPad 2 的強勢了…

iPad 2: Thin, Not Picture Perfect, WSJ:

It never crashed in my tests, unlike every Android tablet I’ve tested.

扣掉 Engadget 遭遇 Garageband beta 的問題,yes, iPad 從來不像 Android tablet 般易當。

Appeal of iPad 2 Is a Matter of Emotions, NYT:

My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience. We’re not talking about a laptop or a TV, where you don’t notice its thickness while in use. This is a tablet. You are almost always holding it. Thin and light are unbelievably important for comfort and the overall delight. So are rounded edges, which the first iPad didn’t have.

類似的話我好像巳經講過? 超輕、超薄才是 iPad 2 的價值所在。David Pogue 的文章讀多了,真是連人都不自覺地跟著一起機掰了起來…

iPad 2 Review, Slash Gear:

iPad stack
iPad stack

這樣疊起來你就能明白 iPad 2 跟舊款 iPad 差多少了吧?!

Review: The iPad 2, Macworld:

Exclusive to the iPad 2 that will be hailed by educators, presenters, and anyone else who has ever wanted to show off their iPad’s screen to a large crowd: video mirroring. When connected to the HDMI adapter, the iPad 2 will display a duplicate version of the contents of its screen on an external monitor. Want to demo an education app via a projector or HDTV for a classroom full of kids? The iPad 2 makes it possible.

Video out 是重點,所以我們就來看 video:

結語

較可惜的是,這次沒能見得 AnandTech 的大作,所幸性能、規格、像素或畫質這些很 geeky 的項目,對於會考慮 iPad 2 的買家而言,都是較次要的項目。不過 iPad 2 仍然具備極佳性能,想挑戰也難。

看完這些 review,我巳經想換 iPad 2 了。

其實在沒有這些 review 之前,就有一丁點換 iPad 2 的想法,只是並不強烈。在看完 Jason Snell 的介紹影片後,發現自已竟被他的娃娃臉和有趣語調嚴重影響,竟也變得孩子氣了起來。他都有,我也要一台! 白色!! 64GB!!! 加上真皮版本的 SmartCover! 還有 HDMI adaptor!!

嗚 ~ 欲望無窮,真是罪過… 其實並不會,在全家人手一台之前,新購每台 iPad 都是值得的。