Some would say that summer is a magical time, so while you’re on vacation, why not pack a little magic of your own? The iPad 2, the “magical” device from Apple, is TabletPCReview’s pick as the best tablet to take along on your summer vacation because it plays host to a number of features made possible by the ample amount of available apps.
With access to over 65,000 apps via the App Store, the iPad 2 can serve just about any function you can imagine. From productivity to media to games like the ever-popular Angry Birds, there is always an app just a few taps away, ready to suit your needs. Do the kids need something to do on a long trip? Download a game or two for them.
The iPad 2 has media access in spades, ready to fill any downtime you may encounter over the course of your vacation. The Netflix app lets subscribers stream movies straight to their tablets, while the Hulu and Comcast Infinity apps let you watch and browse through hundreds of TV shows, allowing you to keep up on your favorites even when you don’t always have access to a TV.
If you don’t have time to watch your shows — and you really shouldn’t, you should be out having fun on your vacation — and being away from your TV or DVR for too long has you feeling anxious, there’s hope for you yet. The Xfinity apps also allows you to program your DVR and record all of your favorite shows when you’re away from home don’t have time to watch while on the road.
But it’s not all fun and games with the iPad 2, either; for instance if you’re looking to stay in touch while you’re on the go, one of the more notable upgrades to the new iPad is that it now has a front-facing camera and FaceTime video chat software.
Surely you’ve seen the commercials or at least heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” And when considering your options for summer tech, that’s exactly what makes the iPad 2 such a perfect choice. Whatever needs you may encounter on your vacation, chances are pretty good that you can use your iPad 2 to find and use an app for them.
Don’t believe us that this is the best tablet for your summer vacation? Check out our full review to learn more about the iPad 2.
Making a case for keyboards
Some people may miss the presence of a physical keyboard when using the iPad 2, and others may be worried about it being too fragile. The Logitech Keyboard Case by Zagg for the iPad 2 is the perfect accessory to satisfy both camps, offering an aluminum shell and a full keyboard for your prized tablet. For more information, check out our full Logitech Keyboard Case by Zagg review.