Unboxing the iPad 2 and Smart Cover

In case you missed it in our live blog, here's a quick unboxing of the iPad 2 and one of Apple's new magnetic Smart Covers.

Apple's packaging is elegant, as usual, but doesn't include much beyond the iPad: a USB connector cable, a charging plug, some Apple stickers and a few thin pamphlets.

One nifty thing about the Smart Cover is how precisely the magnets align the cover to the front of your iPad. Just snap it on and it automatically goes to the perfect spot to completely cover your screen.

Update: A couple of readers have commented that I set up the iPad and Smart Cover incorrectly to watch video. Guilty as charged. It should of course be in landscape mode, leaning back against the triangle formed by the Smart Cover.

Unboxing the iPad 2

At a Glance
  • The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.


    • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
    • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds


    • Tediously slow to charge
    • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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