Apple iPad 2 Tablet eBook Reader Review
The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than the original.
The iPad 2 features a pretty robust email client that most users will find more than adequate. The app supports POP, IMAP, Exchange, and website-specific email, such as Gmail, AOL, Yahoo and others. The email app is pretty easy to use and we were able to set up a few different email accounts without issue.
The only issues we had with the device was its lackluster search and organizational features. While they'll be adequate for most users, we found the search was often finicky: searching archived emails was slow and sometimes wouldn't turn up the desired email. Additionally, while the email client will support files you've made in your original email client, it doesn't let you alter or add new folders or tags.
If you're looking for a more robust email app, you're out of luck: Apple feels other email clients are redundant and bars them from the App Store.
The Safari app is one of the better mobile web browsers currently available. It features everything you'd find on a desktop version and provides a smooth, intuitive online experience. The touch controls are similar to those used on other Apple touchscreen or on the MacBooks' touchpad: make a pinching motion to zoom out, and do a reverse-pinch motion to zoom in. The app supports multiple pages open at once, lets you organize your bookmarks into folders, and will allow you to created desktop shortcuts to specific pages. The browser can also be customized with up to 9 thumbnails of web pages, similar to what Opera does.
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