Nick Bilton with a great observation that I had not consciously thought about before:
It takes me, on average, 5.1 seconds to start and begin using my first-generation Apple iPad. This is how I spent those 5.1 seconds: opening the cover protector, pressing the power button in the top right corner of the device and then swiping my finger across the screen to unlock the iPad.
Of course that is the iPad 1 that doesn’t have the Smart Cover — once Bilton added in the Smart Cover on the iPad 2 then things started to change. That is just one of those little intangible speed increased that you get with the iPad 2. Great catch.