iPad 2: What’s new? Is it worth to upgrade?

New-ipad2 Much waited iPad 2 announcement is here! The updated iPad will be available to anxious American consumers on March 11th and boasts a host of new features and faster processing. The rest of the new iPad2 features are given below:

What’s Different About the iPad2?

It’s thinner. The iPad 2 is reported to be 1/3 thinner than the original version, measuring a mere 8.8 mm in thickness.

New color! Much like the desire for  white iPhone, Apple heard the cries of variety-lovers and will make the iPad 2 available in the original finish and white.

Front and back cameras. iPad 2 will sport cameras on the back, and front of the pad. That means that the device is capable of supporting Face Time chats and some totally awesome Photobooth action.

It’s faster. By quite a bit, it seems. The iPad 2 is equipped with an “A5” processor, meaning that it will boast a 2x faster CPU speed, and (get this!) 9x faster graphics speed than the original iPad with the same rate of battery consumption. Speaking of battery life, the iPad 2 is touted to provide up to 10 hours of entertainment on a single charge.

It’s lighter. The iPad 2 weighs in at a feather-light 1.3 pounds, slimming down nearly 2 pounds since its release in original form.

No smudge smart cover. iPad gets a new magnetic case that not only put the device to sleep and wakes it up etc., it makes it more smudge proof!

What hasn’t changed? The price! The iPad 2 will cost the same as the original iPad, starting at $499 for the base model with WiFi only support. More advanced models will be available on both the AT&T and Verizon Networks, so the Apple faithful won’t need to wait for a choice in carriers.

Is the new iPad worth the upgrade?

Current iPad owners who use their iPad on a regular basis may find the iPad 2 well worth the investment to upgrade to the new model. If toting around the iPad for business is your thing, there’s something to be said for the thinner size and reduced weight of the new model. The addition of front and back cameras could also facilitate some killer business meetings on the go.

However, as a parent with an iPad that is typically used for family entertainment or basic computing, the iPad 2 may be best left as a back burner purchase until Christmas rolls around, your oldest is responsible enough for their own device… Or you just can’t resist that sleek, white finish, video calls and no-smudge screen.

What about your family? Will you be upgrading to the iPad 2 anytime soon, and if so, what new feature is your motivation for upgrading?