On the cameras:
Let’s just put this out there: the iPad 2 cameras are really
pretty bad. They’re not unusable, but it’s clear that the sensors
employed are not top shelf by any measure. If you have a fourth
generation iPod touch with cameras, you can expect the same
results. In fact, it seems to us that these are the SAME cameras
used in the iPod touch — there’s an “HD” lens around back (which
means it’s roughly a single megapixel shooter), and on the front
you’ve got a lowly VGA cam. Neither one of these produces remotely
satisfying results for still shots, and in particular (when
compared with something like the Xoom), the back camera just seems
utterly second rate. For video duties and FaceTime calls, the
cameras are reasonably useful — but we would never trade a
dedicated camera (or at least a smartphone with a 5+ megapixel
shooter) for this.
On GarageBand (and, unlike me, Josh understands music):
Overall, this is a groundbreaking piece of software for tablets.
It wasn’t without issues — in fact, we had some major,
system-stalling crashes which required a reboot of the iPad. It’s
clear that there are bugs to be worked out, and that despite that
A5 CPU and increased memory, a music tracking and arranging app
remains a fairly heavy piece of code. Still, we found ourselves
completely fascinated by GarageBand and unable to put it down.
Whether you’re tinkering, writing, or recording, this software’s
value will be clear right from the start.
He includes two original songs created entirely on the iPad with GarageBand.
★ Thursday, 10 March 2011