Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Glitchy" iPad 2 is the new iPhone 4

JUST days before the iPad 2 hits the shelves in Australia, overseas consumers are already reporting apparent defects in the much hyped tablet.
Internet forums and technology websites are running hot with users complaining of "backlight bleeding" on the touchscreen, as well as dead pixels and problems with the antenna.
The iPad 2 goes on sale Friday in Australia, with Apple stores and other retailers making stock available after 5pm.
US website Cult of Mac reviewer David Martin said his original iPad 2 and a replacement device both suffered from backlight bleeding, where light seeped through on the edges when the screen was black.
“I spent more than $1,000 for the whole thing with accessories - I want something worth the investment not a dud,” Mr Martin posted on
“Apple has a serious problem on its hands with the iPad 2 display.”
User Sahilio said on an Apple Discussions forum that he exchanged his iPad 2 twice but the third tablet still had glitches.
There are also multiple YouTube videos highlighting the apparent display issue.
The next-generation tablet went on sale in the US on March 11.
Australian Macworld online editor Tim Grey said the complaints were surprising.
“Apple has apparently put quite a large investment into touchscreens and there’s never been a problem like this in the past,” Mr Grey said.
He said it could affect users’ enjoyment of the console.
“It would definitely affect you watching a movie. You wouldn’t want a unit with this kind of backlight bleeding,” he said.

Mr Grey said many consumers also found dead pixels and a yellow tinge on the screens of their devices apparently resulting from the type of glue used in the manufacturing process.
Tech websites such as iLounge and reported that the iPad 2 3G’s antenna was causing clarity issues with the tablet’s microphone.

But market analyst Foad Fadaghi of Telsyte research firm said the complaints wouldn’t deter Aussie fans from buying Apple’s latest gizmo.
“The thing to look at is the example of the iPhone 4. When it came out with its antenna issues that didn’t really deter many people from buying it,” Mr Fadaghi said.
“I think people that are going to buy one have already made up their minds.”
Apple Australia was unavailable for comment.

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