When we think of ways in which Apple can make the iPad 2 better than the original iPad we mainly think about faster and more efficient internal components, however some people are suggesting that the next model needs to be lighter.
If you are using your iPad on a regular basis you may have thought that it is a little bit too heavy for maximum comfort, some people have suggested that their wrists ache after using the iPad as an eReader (here).
The original iPad weighs 0.68 kg (Wi-Fi model) and 0.73 kg (Wi-Fi + 3G model), obviously it is far more advanced than the original Kindle and offers far more functionality, however it does weigh almost three times as much (the original Kindle weighs 0.29kg). The iPad is also much heavier than the larger Kindle DX, this weighs 0.54kg.
Currently there is one main rival to the iPad on the market, this is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, obviously as it has a smaller display it is lighter, however it weighs roughly half the weight of the iPad (0.37kg), also the soon-to-be-released BlackBerry PlayBook is rumored to weigh just 0.41kg.
According to a recent article posted on TheRegister Apple has filed a patent which may result in the next iPad weighing much less than their first-gen tablet, rather than using an aluminium housing it will use something Apple call “Reinforced Device Housing”, which basically means Apple want to use carbon fiber reinforced plastic in their future tablets.
It is thought that the iPad 2 will be released in April, therefore we would love to hear your opinion on the weight of the iPad, is it too heavy? If so, how much should its successor weigh?