Apple iPad 2 and Huawei Ideos S7 are at two ends on a continuum. Apple iPad 2 is a super fast, slim (8.8mm) high end tablet while Huawei S7 is an entry level tablet with a 7″ display and powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo). Huawei S7 is more like a large sized smartphone, it supports voice communication, emails, SMS, MMS and IM. It’s fun to carry the small device in hand and surf internet, play games and chat with friends. Apple iPad 2 is the top selling tablet today with a dual core processor, 9.7″ WXGA TFT LCD display and dual cameras 5MP at the rear and a VGA camera at the front for video chat. It’s powered by the latest iOS 4.3.2 and thousands of iPad optimized applications are available at the App store. The advantage in Huawei 7 is the support for voice communication, it can be used an alternative for a smartphone.
Huawei Ideos S7
The Android based Huawei Ideos S7 is a portable attractive device with a built in stand. The attraction of this tablet is the optical pad, unlike other tablets it has an optical pad on portrait alignment for navigation and has touch sensor buttons, it looks like a bigger sized smartphone. The 7 inches tablet is powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and weighs only 500g. It’s a solid device with a dimension of 209 x 108 x 15.5 mm and sports a 7″ WVGA (800 x 480) TFT touch screen, 2MP dual cameras at the rear and front, stereo speaker, mini USB port and microSD card slot. Huawei Ideos S7 supports multi tasking, full web browsing supported by Adobe flash player 10.1 and 720p video playback.
For connectivity it has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 and compatible with GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSDPA(7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA(5.76Mbps) networks. The tablet can be used like a phone to make calls; it supports voice communication, SMS, MMS, Email and group mailing. The battery capacity is 2200 mAh, which can stand for 3 hours of continuous video playback.
Apple iPad 2
Apple iPad 2 is the second generation iPad from Apple. In comparison with iPad, iPad 2 gives a better performance with high speed processor and improved applications. The A5 processor used in iPad 2 is 1GHz Dual-core A9 Application processor based on ARM architecture, The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice as faster than A4 and 9 times better on graphics while the power consumption remains same. iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad while the display is same in both, both are 9.7″ LED back-lit LCD displays with 1024×768 pixel resolution and use the IPS techology. The battery life is same for both, you can use it up to 10 hrs continuously.
The additional features in iPad 2 are the dual cameras – rear camera with gyro and 720p video camcorder, front facing camera for video conferencing with FaceTime, a new software PhotoBooth, HDMI compatibility – you have to connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter that has to be purchased separately.
The best feature of the iDevices is the applications, Apps store has more than 65,000 tablet optimized applications, which is a selling point to iPad 2.
iPad 2 has variants to support both 3G-UMTS network and 3G-CDMA network and has the Wi-Fi only model also. It has 16GB/32GB/64GB configurations in each model. It is available in black and white colors and the price varies depending on the model and storage capacity, it ranges from $499 to $829 without any contract. Apple also introduces a new bendable magnatic case for iPad 2, named as Smart Cover, which you can purchase separately.