Saturday, 12 March 2011

Another fine sample of cheap build quality: iPad 2

    Now that many of you have collected and used your second generation iPad tablets for a few hours, we're starting to see the inevitable reports of defects. Thus far, two issues have bubbled to the surface. The first issue -- yellow spots beneath the LCD glass -- is reminiscent of the same fresh-from-the-factory iPhone 4 issue that resolved itself just as soon as the bonding agent used for the LCD glass had time to evaporate. The second issue, which is being conflated with the first, is characterized by light bleeding through from the outer edges of the LCD panel. The bleeding is most noticeable when watching a dark scene in a movie or using an app with a black background as demonstrated in the picture below.
    This does not come as a surprise after the iPhone launch fiasco and Apple is already taking steps to distract the public by releasing overrated performance benchmarks. Keep in mind the iPad has the lowest resolution compared to most of the tablets released so far, hence a lesser strain on the GPU. Also keep in mind the CPU/GPU frequency will be lowered in the future firmware updates, similar to the iPhone 4, to preserve the battery.
     Since most of the tablets use the same hardware and even have more ram then a the 512 of the iPad 2, you should base your purchase on build quality since other devices get performance boosts with updates rather than the routine underclocking Apple products get. USB support should also be of concern since it seems to be completley broken even on Apple's expensive adapters while on most competitor's tablets full USB support can be enabled by editing a text like and a 1$ cable.

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A poll was also available on Engadget but as Engadget is heavily endorsed by Apple and under their careful scrutiny it was quickly removed. However out of ~6000 users, roughly 4000 were experiencing the issue.

Via: Engadget