The iPad2 will be on sale in the US today and Engadget has had the distinction(as always) in posting the first review of the iPad2.

The device has been given a score of 9/10. This is not entirely surprising given Engadget’s affinity for Apple products.

However, there is no doubt that this is the most complete tablet product in the market right now. The large repository of applications for the iPad/iPad2 (approx. 65000) and the robust Apple ecosystem make these devices very compelling.

The keyword is “right now”.

The competitors have not been taking it easy and have released devices with very good hardware (Motorola Xoom for example) and very compelling software (Google’s Android OS 3.0- Honeycomb). These offerings still lack the completeness Apple offers at this point in time.

The modern tablet computing space is very new and it will take another year before a clear winner emerges. Apple has felt that a mere evolutionary modification is all that is required to maintain Apple’s marketshare in the tablet sector this year. Apple hopes to consolidate their pole position in the tablet computing sector this year. This may not be easy as there will be more powerful devices release in the second half of 2011.

Ultimately, it will boil down to software and services and that is where a clear winner will emerge.

Read the review via this link.