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Thinner, lighter, faster: in the case of the iPad 2 second is the best, and ThirdRail is slimmer than the rest.

AN APPLE FOR TEACHER

Apple's latest iPad incarnation, the iPad 2, is thinner, lighter and faster and also includes a camera that improves the already legendary iPad line. Both the iPad and iPad 2 have captured the lion's share of the tablet market with combined sales in excess of 28 million units, compared to the fewer than 1.5 million units sold by competitors.

For me, the most compelling reason to transition from the iPad to the iPad 2 is the increased speed and the perpetually "on" video-out connection, both of which are powered by new hardware, including a dual-core processor and a robust video card.

Are you making a presentation that requires a projector or monitor? Gone arc the days of having to check to make sure the app you are using supports a video-out connection. The iPad 2 has the ability to simultaneously display contents on your screen and the projector, making it an indispensable presentation or teaching tool.

As an added bonus, if you are meeting with clients, you can conveniently access your data and files through inexpensive apps like GoodReader and Dropbox. Download the free Google Earth app, and you can use it to show the geographical area of a specific site or project.

The 3G data plan for the iPad 2-which can be activated or deactivated from the iPad itself and ranges from SI5 to $25 per month--is priceless on trips, planning sessions or one-on-one meetings with clients. Most iPad users agree that 32-gigs is the minimum amount of memory you should purchase as it is easy to fill your iPad 2 with apps, data, music and movies.

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Currently retails for $499 to $829 at www.apple.com/ipad.

THIRDRAIL CASE: OFF THE TRACKS iPhone 4 users will love the new ThirdRail system, which includes a slim case and slide-on battery extender. This low-profile, lightweight system is the slimmest battery- enabled case available for the iPhone 4, and also functions as a standalone backup battery for other devices.

Currently retails for $89.99 at www.thirdrailmobility.com.

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TODD CLARKE. CCIM (TCLARKE@NMAPARTMENT.COM). IS CEO OF NM APARTMENT AOVISORS IN ALBUQUERQUE. N.M.

READ TODD CLARKE'S TECHNOLOGY BLOG AT WWW.CANTERACONSULTANTS.COM/TECH

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