Apple iPad 2 - Testing tablets

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Stats: Introduced earlier this year, the iPad 2 is the sequel to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) massively successful iPad. The new version of the device is thinner and faster than the original. Prices start at $500, and versions of the device support cellular network connections from either AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) or Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ).

Pros: "The iPad 2 is far and away the most versatile tablet on the market," said Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart, explaining that the device can play games, surf the Web, check email and conduct thousands of other operations thanks to Apple's overflowing App Store.

Cons: Greengart said the iPad 2's cameras are not as good as those on other tablets. He also said that the device can't run Adobe's Flash software, and that Apple's notification system is "lousy."

Bottomline: "The launch of iPad 2 shored up [Apple's] role as the market pacesetter in terms of technology and feature innovation," summed IDC analyst Susan Kevorkian. Apple remains the one to beat in the tablet market.

Apple iPad 2 - Testing tablets