We're only a few hours away from the launch of Apple's "magical" iPad 2 tablet and many of our readers will be asking themselves whether or not they should buy the iPad 2. There are actually five good reasons why;
The iPad 2 is cheaper than the original one which indicates that Apple, which almost always increase the prices of newer products at launch, could be feeling the heat from the competition. The £30 discount was unexpected and prices the cheapest iPad 2 under the psychological £400 barrier.
Compared to the original iPad, there are now more options than ever to buy the iPad 2. You can opt to get it either direct from Apple or third party retailers, on Pay as you go or Pay monthly via all the main mobile operators (except O2) or even as a "free gift" when purchasing a new monthly contract through a third-party mobile phone retailer like Buymobilephones.
It has much better hardware than the the previous version; a faster processor, much better graphics more RAM and two cameras finally make it competitive again when compared to its rivals. Early benchmarks have shown that it significantly outclasses them.
The iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than the iPad thanks to some clever tricks carried out by Apple's engineering team. It's only a few grams and a few millimetres but that's enough to set the marketing buzz machine alight.
It has better accessories like that HDMI adaptor and the groovy smart covers. Although they are still expensive, it shows that Apple is still keen on trying to innovate and keep it ahead of the competition.