Ipad 2 Review

Ipad 2.Overview

Of course, I was very interested in the second iPad. Simply because I am an avid user of the first iPad. In addition, by the nature of my work, I had to test about a dozen of a wide variety of tablets, which, after the explosive success of the iPad, fell on the market like mushrooms after rain, and I had to admit that none of these tablets even stood next to the iPad. With all the known iPad shortcomings. Well, except that Motorola XOOM looked very decent in hardware, but completely raw Android 3.0 inside and the absence of applications for this version. It is not at all clear why such a piece of hardware was produced with such software. Well, at that price. One and a half times more expensive than an iPad.

And then Apple took and planted an outright pig on all other manufacturers: while they were trying to somehow reach the first iPad, Apple released a second model, which, moreover, began to sell at the price of the first lowered the price by 100.

However, what does it matter to us? Let the producers cry and try to catch up with the flying away bitten apple. We, the consumers, only get better from it. Let them know where to strive. And now my task is simple. See what the second iPad is and make a conclusion on whether it is worth changing the first to the second or is it like changing Granny Smith to Melba or Renet Kichunova.

And now. Let’s go, iPad 2.

Ipad 2


Operating system: iPhone OS 4.3
CPU: 900 MHz dual-core Apple A5
Flash memory: 16 GB (can be 32 GB and 64 GB)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 9.7 “, 1024 × 768, IPS-matrix with LED backlight, glossy, capacitive, with support for multitouch
Net: Wi-Fi (802.11a / b / g / n), Bluetooth 2.1 EDR technology (there are also models with 3G and CDMA EV-DO)
Input Output: dock connector, 3.5mm stereo jack, speaker, microphone
Battery: built-in, 25 Wh, lithium polymer
Cameras: on the back cover 0.7 Mpix, on the front. VGA
Additionally: 3D gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, digital compass, (GPS for 3G models)
Dimensions: 241 x 186 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 613 g

From the above characteristics, it is clear that the tablet has not changed the display, but a noticeably more powerful processor and two cameras of quite disgusting resolution appeared. The weight has decreased by 80 grams, the device has become slightly smaller in height and width, and has been cut by almost a third in thickness. 8.8 mm versus the previous 13.4 mm.

As usual, they do not indulge in this: the device itself, a USB cable, a network adapter, two leaflets with a guarantee, a leaflet indicating what the Power button is for, and, of course, the main thing is why it is all bought. A page with two Velcro in the form of a bitten apple. Velcro can be stuck onto a refrigerator, for example. Or on a Chinese-made tablet for 120. Or on your forehead. In general, many uses.


Appearance and management

Externally, the second iPad has changed very little compared to the first.

First iPad (left) and second iPad (right of first)

The only thing. It became thinner and the end was actually removed from it, the back cover was strongly rounded.

Above. Ipad 2, underneath. Ipad

Back cover

Ipad and iPad 2

The control buttons and ports remain the same, however they are now located on beveled surfaces and look like this.

Sound control, locking (sound, screen), turning on and opening the camera on the back cover

Microphone, headphone output

One of the innovations of the second iPad. Clever cover, which, however, is not included in the package: it must be purchased separately, and there are several types of different materials (polyurethane and leather) and different colors.

Cover ruler

Polyurethane covers cost 39 (in the States, of course), leather. 69.

I got a green polyurethane in this package.

Cover in packaging

Separately, the cover looks like this.


A colored top with magnetic strips, a gray bottom with a special coating that seems to be supposed to clean the tablet surface, a side magnetic mount.

The mount self-sticks to the left front side of the tablet (and only there). Just bring it to a suitable surface. In height, the mount is absolutely precisely set independently. There is no other way to stick it.

Attaching the cover to the tablet

With the cover closed, the tablet looks like this.

Closed cover tablet

The magnet is quite strong there, so when the cover is attached to the body of the iPad, it can be lifted by the cover. Won’t come off.

Ipad 2 Review

Ipad sadly hanging on the cover

The cover has three purposes:

Serve as a stand in two positions.

It closes the screen perfectly. The screen does not see anything and immediately falls asleep from chagrin. And one has only to raise the edge of the cover. The screen wakes up immediately.

About cleaning the screen. Marketing bullshit. Doesn’t clean a damn thing (and it’s not clear how this is physically possible at all). Although in some “reviews”, which are clearly compiled from advertising brochures, I saw emotion about the fact that after closing the screen with a cover all fingerprints disappear.

So, they lie like gray geldings. Not a damn thing wasted. Here is proof of the life of the prints.

Blurred screen to cover

Blurred screen after cover

However, it is clear that there is nothing to blame on the cover, since the body secretes something through the skin. Cleanse, not the first time! over, on the first iPad, everyone trained for a long time. For example, gopniks clean their iPad with a dirty handkerchief. Business people are cleaning their iPad with an even dirtier handkerchief. Rabelaisians and nesses clean the iPad with their friend’s panties. Schoolchildren clean their iPad with their own panties.

Special set

However, back to the second main function of the cover. Pedestal. The cover is folded into triangles with the help of magnets built into it, which can hold the iPad upright and half-lying. It looks like this.

Standing upright

Lies half-lying

Now, what do you end up with for the cover, kids? The cover is definitely cool. And pretty. Stylish, innovative. Multi-colored. Less cumbersome. But in terms of ease of use, it is specifically inferior to the good old case-cover, which I have been using for a hundred years and am very pleased. over, the good old one performs all the same functions, including the lack of screen cleaning.

Good old

This is what the iPad 2 desktop looks like today.

Ipad 2

Compare it to the iPad desktop.


What’s added here? Three new apps. Facetime, Camera and Photo Booth. And all three relate to working with the camera and images.

Facetime. This is the ability to make calls with Wi-Fi and provided that your subscriber’s phone also supports FaceTime, that is, it is either an iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

In general, the utility is quite convenient, I often use it. And it’s nice that now the iPad also supports this feature.

Facetime is enabled in the device settings. After that, a FaceTime button is added for any contact, and if you know that the subscriber can take such a call. Calling. The joke is that, apart from the subscriber and any characteristics of contact with him (even an e-mail), FaceTime does not need anything else. The utility will find the subscriber by itself, will make the call itself (if possible).

Below is a FaceTime call from iPad 2 to iPhone 4.

Facetime call

By the way, this shovel (I mean iPad 2) turned out to be quite convenient to make calls. What can you see there on the iPhone? Nothing really. And here. Ten-inch screen. Beauty, all the details can be clearly seen!

In addition, you can switch to another camera (which is on the back) and show your counterpart a mess in the room, a new cactus flower or a view from the window of a snow melting plant in beautiful less than megapixel resolution.

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With Skype, of course, you can have fun in a completely similar way, but the HD version for iPad has not yet been released. But the iPhone version plows quite well here. In iPhone resolution.

Skype call via tablet in iPhone resolution

With the camera here, the Cupertinians decided not to strain too much. Iphone 4 has an external camera. 5 megapixels. Here is a very peculiar camera, which takes photos at a resolution of 0.7 megapixels (720×960), but. In 720p (1280×720), that is, 1.2 megapixels. Why the camera can not take photos in 1.2 megapixels. Unclear. Apple themselves keep a proud silence and write modestly in the specification of the external camera: “Camera. Can shoot 720p”. And silence. Well done! Young people!

Shoots the front camera in the appropriate resolution quality. Settings, as is customary with Apple, at least, there is no flash and HDR mode, like the iPhone 4 (well, that’s understandable). You can also turn on the shooting mode from the front camera (there is a usual VGA).

It seems that the external camera is intended more for shooting, which is of rather good quality, even in those cases when dynamic scenes are filmed or the camera itself moves quickly.

Shooting with an external camera

Photo Booth

A simple utility for creating all kinds of visual effects when shooting. Choose an effect, click on it. The camera starts, the frames from which are processed in accordance with the selected effect.


For example, here is a frame taken with one of the effects.

Frame with effect

Nothing new and interesting appeared in the settings. Except that minor innovations in firmware 4.3.


Screen and performance

Formally, the display has barely changed. Cool, but with the same resolution and matrix. They say that by the third version of the iPad, Apple is threatening everyone with a screen of some incredible resolution. In the meantime, we will, like the last suckers, with an IPS-matrix with LED backlighting and a resolution of 1024 × 768. Yes, it’s sad to feel like a caveman on the eve of April 2011, but nevertheless.

However, they did conjure something up there. There is a feeling that the display has become more saturated and contrasting. In addition, there is a new graphics subsystem and a noticeably faster processor, and this, believe me, affects the speed of the entire tablet. He just flies. Although, I will note that the first iPad did not differ in slowness. But now everything is quite fast.

The browser (Safari) has become clearly faster (however, this is a feature of firmware 4.3), and games with the new iPad 2 should reach a new level. I looked at how games behave with serious graphics and they became very fast.

For example, Hunters: Episode One HD and Infinity Blade, which on the first iPad, barely turning around, puffed so much that could be heard in the next room, on the second iPad they fly with a whistle so that the whistle is heard even in the yard. Seriously impressive.

In general, it became clear that now game manufacturers have a lot to turn. For iPad 2, you can create games with very advanced graphics. And this is all the wife here will run into the wretchedness of controlling the fingers on the screen. There are already wireless keyboards with mice for iPad. Now it will be the turn of Apple’s gamepad, which is a dazzling white egg without a single button or joystick, steering wheel, and a game stand for ten ipads hanging around the head. So there is where to turn, there is.

Output to an external source

In general, this innovation appeared, as far as I understand, in firmware 4.3, and not in the iPad 2. Now you can output to an external source. With a special adapter, which is sold separately and costs 39 in a plain white version and 69 in a version with Swarovski crystals. Here is this adapter in a simple version.


Supported by iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4, iPad, iPad 2 with corresponding firmware. Designed to display on the TV screen (projector, other source) what is happening on the screen of the apple-apple. The image can output up to 1080p. Up to 720p.

On the block. HDMI output and standard USB connector for iPhones-iPads so that the device can be charged and synchronized at the same time.

I tested how it all works. The iPad 2 plows as stated. Displays everything that happens on the tablet screen to the TV.

TV screen output

If it is displayed, then an inscription appears on the tablet screen that the TV is working, and the screen saver is displayed instead of the tablet, but it works on the TV.

From Youtube on TV screen

And there are all sorts of fun. For example, when displaying a preview of a Youtube application from a small screen. On TV, it still comes in full size. The quality, by the way, is pretty decent.

But this is all on iPad 2. With the iPad, the situation was somewhat different. I still did not get the usual image from the iPad to the TV, although I blew out three tambourines and broke two button accordions. (Note that the iPad had the necessary firmware. 4.3.) I achieved only a conclusion, and even then it appeared in such a disgusting quality that I could not resist and watched the entire speech of Vova Solovyov at the Edrosia congress.

It was not possible to achieve at least decent quality from the iPad (under the same conditions as the iPad 2 was installed in), so the technology probably needs some improvement.

Why is this thing useful in the case of the iPad 2? Well, there are many uses. Display photos on the TV screen and, taken directly by the tablet itself or something else, play presentations. Well, also output. For example, you went somewhere on vacation, threw serials on the tablet, connected it to the TV in the hotel. And forward the whole company to watch and enjoy. over, in this case, you can connect the tablet to the adapter and it will not be discharged.

Autonomous performance

Apple has firmly stated that, with all the thinning and explicit power-up, it will keep battery life at least the same.

Of course, I didn’t believe it. And I checked. Well, more precisely, I believed it because they hadn’t lied before, but I checked it anyway.

You didn’t lie! Real operating time with Wi-Fi turned on, automatic screen brightness (by the way, you can even dim it) and constant Internet surfing (every minute the Internet page reloaded, on which a cheerful blonde was reloaded.However, what difference does it make to you that she is actually there did you get up?). Eleven hours twenty four minutes!

Continuous playback (TV-resolution series) with Wi-Fi off. Nine hours forty eight minutes! And there was still 5% of the charge left! It’s just that the tablet said on this that this series tortured him and let’s charge it, since such a thing.

So, in my opinion, the result is just great. In this regard, no one is catching up with the iPad even nearby. However, in other plans, too few people catch up with him.

In the States, for new iPads are as follows:

Ipad 2 Wi-Fi 16Gb. 499
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 32Gb. 599
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64Gb. 699
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G 16Gb. 629
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G 32Gb. 729
iPad 2 Wi-Fi 3G 64Gb. 829

That is, they are one to one correlated with the first iPads. Apple sells new models for the price of the old ones. And the old ones dropped by 100 each, but their production was discontinued. Soon the first iPads will become an antique rarity and experts will give much more money for scratched models with picturesque cracks on the glass than for well-preserved ones.

The official second iPads should appear in three months (with optimistic forecasts), the price for the younger model is promised in the region of twenty thousand rubles. At the moment, iPad 2 are delivered purely unofficially and their price reaches right up to the cost of a decent dinner for six at the Pushkin Cafe with a shaggy pinot noir. But this will soon pass, the price will settle down and will approximately correspond to the first iPad, which is sold for about 20 tyr for the younger model.

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My impressions, and is it worth paying for the first or second

Many IT journalists and just advanced users who have already seized upon the coveted second version of the tray with microcircuits expressed their disappointment that, they say, the second version did not bring a resolution of 15789 × 12735 pixels, did not start brewing coffee and does not offer sexual services.

As for me, I am not at all disappointed. Of course, on the one hand, I expected a higher resolution. With another. Well tell me, what does not suit you in this resolution? Surf the Internet. Quite comfortable. Read books. Perfectly. Look. Wonderful. over, it supports 720p. Much more 720p on a ten-inch tablet?

But the performance. Yes, it is useful. Thickness. Even more useful. Cameras. Very useful for conversations (especially for those who do not have an iPhone). Well, the conclusion that turns the iPad into a multimedia player. What’s bad and frustrating about that?

However, when asked whether it is worth giving up everything, selling an apartment with a car and urgently changing the first iPad to the second, I will answer in the negative. Change the first to the second. Completely optional. Personally, I do not plan to change yet, although I have the opportunity to do it with a minimum of cash costs. But I already have my first iPad. But who is just going to buy this, of course, cool thing. Here’s the cards in hand: for the same money he will get a new model.

And we, the pioneering pioneers, are waiting for the third one. With a resolution of 15789 × 12735 pixels and to be able to brew coffee.

Ipad 2 review

On March 2, 2011, Steve Jobs, all sick, presented the world with the long-awaited creation of his apple company. It was iPad, or as it says on Wikipedia, iPad two. People at the presentation gave a standing ovation as Steve Jobs took the stage.

He said something like this: 2010 was the year of iPad and we want to move on.

What about 2011? Everyone now has tablets. Will 2011 be the year of copycats? I think if we hadn’t even done anything, it wouldn’t have changed much, since most of these tablets can’t even match the first iPad. But we didn’t rest on our laurels, and less than a year later, today we are presenting iPad 2. Ipad second generation. What is iPad 2??

What we learned, what we could improve?

Brand new design. This is not a copy, not small changes. This is a completely new design. First, it is significantly faster. We have a new chip. A5, on which the tablet will work. And he’s great. A dual-core processor (there are two inside), it provides twice the performance. But we improved the graphics performance even more. Graphics are processed up to 9 times faster. This thing does a great job with graphics. Same power consumption as A4. We won’t give up our legendary battery life. And, although the rest are already starting, I think this will be the first dual-core tablet delivered in large quantities.

So, the A5 is a major achievement. It provides 2x faster CPU and 9x faster graphics. At the same time, the first iPad was not a brake, so with the A5 it will be much faster. Secondly, we have built in a couple of cameras for: rear

And frontal. We will discuss this in a couple of minutes.

We also built a gyroscope, which is already included in the iPhone and iPod Touch.

And after we built all this, and the most amazing thing in the iPad 2, it is much thinner. Not a little thinner, but a third. 33% thinner. This is how it looks:

If you look at the numbers, the thickness has dropped from 13.4mm. Up to 8.8 mm. It’s incredible. And for those with a fourth iPhone, it will be interesting to know that the new iPad is even thinner than the iPhone 4. We’re incredibly glad we did it. When you pick it up, you will feel the difference. Most of the new tablets are even thicker, the original iPad, and don’t even come close to the iPad 2. Not only is it thinner, it’s also lighter. From 680 grams, the weight dropped to 590 grams. While this may seem minor, the difference is very tangible. In the hands it seems much lighter. Completely new design. He is beautiful. This is what it looks like. It’s really very thin. And it will come in two colors, black and white. And we will start selling white from the first day (referring to the never released white iPhop 4). And I want to show you again what it looks like. You just lift it up like this (shows), it almost takes off. Black and white. Black and white. Besides the two colors, we have models that work with ATT and Verizon (GSM and CDMA). From the first day. So we support both ATT and Verizon. So, we’ve added cameras, a fast gyroscope processor, and everything else to the iPad. And we made it 33% thinner. You might think we sacrificed something for this. For example, legendary battery life. But our engineers found a way out, and we were able to provide the same 10 hours of work as the original iPad. With all its new filling and reduced thickness, it can also last a month on standby. 10 hours of battery life. The competitors have lower indicators and our time was confirmed by all testers. It really is 10 hours. We’re really happy to keep it.

Besides the fact that we managed to save the time of work, we were able to save the price. We kept the same starting at 499. Same as the first iPad. In doing so, you get all the new possibilities in a significantly improved device. Some people say that they have only a little more expensive than ours. 799 (a reference to Motoola Hoom). But if you look at the table of 6 models, you will see that 5 of them are cheaper than 799.

They really took too high. We only have one model, which is more expensive than the 799. And if you add it all together with the 65,000 apps built for the iPad, you can see why we think 2011 will be the year of the iPad 2. Great product. When will we start selling it? April May June? Not! March 11th, just a week later. We will start large sales in the United States of America. And 2 weeks after that, on March 25, in 26 more countries. The list will include almost all of our significant countries, except for some, where everything is not yet settled. So, 26 countries or even more on March 25th. He will be everywhere in March. This is what the iPad 2 is about.

We also have great accessories. I would like to tell you about two of them. The first is an HDMI out adapter. Teachers want to connect iPads to classroom TVs so everyone can see, etc. Now we have a cable that does that. It duplicates the image according to НDMI. That is, everything that you see on the iPad, you see on the НDMI. It provides image output up to 1080p. It works with all applications. Anything you can watch on iPad, you can watch on HDMI. This is what people asked for. It supports rotation, requires no settings, and you can even charge the iPad while in use. So if your battery runs out during a presentation, just plug in the charger. This is what it looks like. Connect the adapter, HDMI cable and your 30-pin cable to charge the device. Here’s how iРаd displays the picture on the TV. Very simple and works great. Accessory costs only 39.

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For those who need it, we now have a great accessory. But something will be even more popular. We call this Smart Covers. For the original iРаd, we created a cover. It’s pretty cool, it can support iPad for printing or watching movies. We did pretty well, apart from the fact that the case hid the great iРаd design. But it also added thickness and bulk to the device, and made it difficult to use certain accessories, and we thought we could do something better for the iPad 2. And we started from the very beginning to develop a case that would fit the device. And we did it. But this is no longer a case. This is a coating that protects the glass. It’s a smart cover. This is what it looks like. It folds up and turns into something. A stand for printing or watching movies. Looks great with black and white colors. And iPad automatically wakes up when opened, and falls asleep when closed. How does it attach? Maybe we screwed it on? No, we used magnets. Our engineers came up with the idea to use magnets. They hold it and align it. So he always has the perfect fit. I’ll show you, you won’t believe. It is very cool. You can take it off in a second and put it on just as quickly. It adds a minimum of weight and thickness as it only covers the top. Thanks to microfiber, the coating cleans the screen every time you move it, open it and close it. Once again. Automatic wake up on opening and fall asleep on close. It is very easy to remove or replace it. You can have several, and choose the color that you want today.

And just put it on. Available in polyurethane, from which the suits are made, and leather. I have one here that will show how everything works. Let’s get a look. One of my favorite little ones. Reminds me of rihags (Steve Jobs owned rihag until 2006). As you can see, we’ve built magnets into the iPad itself specifically for Smart Cover. They don’t just hold the cover, but level it. It is very cool. And, of course, who needs a case like this if it doesn’t come in a variety of colors. We have 5 colors for PU, and 5 colors for leather. And they look great with both black and white tablets. The PU version costs 39 and the leather version costs 69. And we think people will love these cases. And these are the accessories that I wanted to talk about.


Apple, as always, has used a variety of marketing ploys to build hype around its new product. For example, the new first iPads were missing for a while before the second iPad was released. And the for the remaining first iPads dropped.

New in iPad 2:

.Front and front camera

.Thinner by 33%

.Graphics are processed 9 times faster


The claimed battery life is about ten hours when using a browser with a Wi-Fi connection. In any case, the iPad has a good battery life, so I haven’t heard anyone pick on this yet. It seems that the screen is huge, and the processor is now dual-core, but the gadget works for a long time. What cannot but rejoice.


Everything is the same, the volume control buttons and the lever are at the end, you can program its action in the menu, this is either mute the sound or turn off the automatic image rotation. The button under the display has become softer, although it probably only seems to me. The top-left button remained in place, it was “pulled” out of the case, it is convenient to use.

The touchscreen is great, I haven’t seen a tablet as easy to use as of yet.


Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, but that doesn’t tell us anything, does it? The difference can only be seen.

I didn’t shoot another about the speed of work. Will have time. But I can say one thing, when comparing iPad and iPad 2 face to face, Safari works much faster on the latter, for many it is the main tool. Games start faster. Faster switching between applications, using multitasking. That is, you don’t even need to convince yourself. The difference is visible with the naked eye.

For those who like to play, there is also good news, there is now a gyroscope, it’s very cool to drive in races.

  1. Contents of delivery
  2. Design, construction
  3. Display
  4. Control
  5. Cameras
  6. Nutrition
  7. CPU
  8. Communications
  9. Memory
  10. Conclusions

Design, construction

The device resembles an iPod Touch, as if they took many, many “tachets”, put them together, it turned out to be a second iPad. Subtle, but there are more visual tricks here. Rounded edges to some extent hide the true thickness of the device. At first, you take it in your hands, and it seems that it is much smaller and lighter than the first iPad. To some extent this is true, but even if you look at the photographs, you will see. The size difference is small. But there is a difference in weight. The first model weighed 680 grams, dimensions were 242.8×189.7×13.4 mm. The iPad 2 weighs 601 grams and measures 241.2×185.7×8.8 mm. Again, the difference in thickness is not very noticeable.

Comparison with iPad:

The material is still the same, rough aluminum, an oleophobic coating has appeared on the display protection. But given the size of the screen, prints still remain and are clearly visible.

Due to the fact that the ends are beveled, something strange happens with USB cables. In the photo you can see how the connector is arranged here. So, for some reason, only the cable out of the box is suitable, the other device simply does not perceive. Although I did not find any differences. The set comes with an AC adapter, for Russia there will, of course, be the correct plug.

I was dealing with the version in the maximum configuration, Wi-Fi 3G, 64 GB memory. The set includes a clip for removing the SIM-card slot, with the slot, too, not everything is great, in the first iPad it was more convenient to insert it into place. Although, this is unlikely to be done often.

The speaker design is interesting, the perforated area in the lower part of the case. Compared to the first iPad, the speaker has become a little louder, a little better, but nothing more. And then maybe it seems to me.

The 3G versions also have a black insert on the top of the case, which also has a microphone hole. The 3.5mm jack is also beveled, but there were no problems with different headsets.

Accessories for the first model are suitable for iPad 2, but one simple fact must be taken into account, not everything is smooth with the connector, you will definitely have to try add-ons before buying. Covers, if they are simple models, cases, covers. Fit without problems. I haven’t seen the new case from Apple yet, as soon as it gets into my hands, I’ll tell you more about this innovation.

The most important update, in my opinion. The ability to choose a black or white iPad 2, the frame color changes. Let’s just say for girls and boys. Although, if we talk about the iPad for boys, it is rather the first model. Chopped forms, you take it in your hands, you feel the thing and all that.


The diagonal of the display is 9.7 inches, the resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels, the impressions are only positive. There was a problem with the backlighting at the bottom. Everything was in order on the device in question. Excellent viewing angles, the screen is bright, juicy, equally well suited for games and browsing the web. By the way, about these pages. I tried to watch YouTubes in our articles, from time to time an error pops up, something like “You don’t have enough rights.” It seems to be a simple task, but some problems.