The reviews are in: Top critics give iPad 2 high marks

David Pogue of The New York Times said Apple’s changes to its tablet ‘transform’ the user’s experience. The Wall Street Journal ‘likes it a lot.’

The iPad 2 goes on sale at retail locations at 5 p.m. on Friday. Before you dash over there, let’s see what two of the top tech critics are saying about it.

David Pogue, the personal technology critic for The New York Times, writes:

“On paper, Apple didn’t do much. It just made the iPad one-third thinner, 15 percent lighter and twice as fast. There are no new features except two cameras and a gyroscope. I mean, yawn, right?

“And then you start playing with it.

“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.

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