Apple iPad vs iPad 2 : Specifications & Review of Features


The new generation Apple iPad 2 has been released by the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs on 2nd March, 2011 at the time of Apple’s special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in San Francisco. This launch is the further step of Apple in the iPad line. The first iPad of the Apple was launched during 2010 and about 15 millions of iPad were sold. Though both the iPad are from Apple, there are some noticeable differences between them in terms of look, features and specifications. If you are thinking to purchase a new iPad then the comparison described here will definitely help you to select better one according to your criteria.

Apple iPad vs iPad 2 : Specifications & Review of Features

Apple iPad

It is multi touch iPad with the slim and light body look. It measures 9.56×7.47×.528 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds. It can be run together with all of the 140,000 applications from the App Store. It is available in three models as WiFi and WiFi plus 3G with storage capacity of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. This device is eco-friendly as it is free from arsenic, mercury and PVC as well as it is said to be “highly recyclable.”

It offers 9.7-inch LED-backlit, wide multi-touch screen with the resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels in addition to IPS in-plane switching technology and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Display answers to two sensors, ambient light sensor and accelerometer. Ambient light sensor adjusts the screen brightness and accelerometer sense iPad orientation to switch between portrait and landscape modes. It is inserted with the power efficient 1GHz Apple A4 chip and 16GB to 64GB memory. The lithium-ion polymer battery in the iPad works for 10 hours with use and more than a month on standby mode.

It supports online bookstore known as the “iBooks,” spreadsheets, documents and presentation with the latest improved version of the company’s iWork suite. It is provided with the Bluetooth 2.1 EDR technology and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. 256 MB RAM memory is built in the iPad. The 30-pin dock connector allows the users to attach to the new iPad accessories like Camera Connection Kit or Keyboard Dock. Camera is not admitted in the iPad.

Moreover, various applications are included in the iPad such as Mail, Safari, Photos, Videos, YouTube, Google Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, iPod, iTunes, App Store, iBooks and Spotlight Search. Users of iPad can download many applications that were previously unable to download after once “jailbreaking” the iPad.


Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2 is modified at larger extent from its original version. It is made comparatively thinner and lighter in weight than the original iPad. It has dimension of 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches and 601g of weight. It is operated by the new Dual core ARM based A5 Processor. It works two times faster in running the applications such as watching movies, playing games as well as surfing. It possesses the 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with the 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution.

New iPad is offered with two cameras, front as well as rear facing. Rear side HD camera provides video recording facility with the 5x digital zoom capacity while Front facing VGA Camera is intended for the ‘FaceTime’ and ‘Photo Booth’ support. Apple iPad 2 supports CDMA as well as GSM networks. It contains lithium-ion polymer battery with the 10 hours backup. Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR technology and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity is present in the iPad 2. The world’s most efficient operating system, iOS 4 is included in it which let the users to operate the iPad applications in much faster way. Over 65,000 applications are developed on the iOS 4 system.

User can enjoy photos, videos as well as music without wire on HDTV and speakers through AirPlay speakers or Apple TV on a Wi-Fi network. It comes with the sensors like three-axis gyro, accelerometer and ambient light sensor. Ten stunning colors are offered to the users for this iPad 2. A variety of built-in applications are accessible in the Apple iPad 2 such as Photo booth, Mail, Safari, iBooks, iPod, iTunes, App store, Map, YouTube, Games, Calendar and contacts, etc.

Apple iPad vs. iPad 2:

The new iPad 2 comes in an appealing appearance as it is 33% thinner and 15% lighter in weight than the previous iPad. iPad 2 is 79 gm light in weight than the original iPad. Both the models are designed with the 9.7-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with the 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution.

The major difference can be observed in camera. Apple iPad 2 is equipped with the 720p rear facing camera and VGA camera on the front side whereas iPad does not include any camera. Original iPad is powered by the 256 MB memory and 1GHz Apple A4 which is substituted with the two times faster dual-core Apple A5 processor in the iPad 2. There is no official announcement made regarding the memory capacity in the iPad 2 but as per the speculations, 256 MB memory of the original iPad may be doubled in the iPad 2.

Apple iPad and iPad 2 both possess same 25 watt hour rechageable Lithium-ion polymer battery and similar battery life. Graphics performance in the iPad 2 could be improved nine times more in comparison to the iPad. New sensors like three-axis gyroscope and a proximity sensor are placed in the iPad 2 which turns off the iPad when cover is put on it. The iOS 4.0 in the former iPad is replaced with the powerful iOS 4.3 in the iPad 2.

Comparison between Apple iPad and Apple iPad 2:

iPad 2
LED-backlit IPS LCD
LED-backlit IPS LCD
1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Operating system
iSO 4.3 iSO 4.3
Storage Capacities
16GB, 32GB and 64GB 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
Bluetooth 2.1 plus EDR technology 2.1 plus EDR technology
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
WiFi+3G Yes Yes
Type 25 watt hour rechageable Lithium-ion polymer Battery 25 watt hour rechageable Lithium-ion polymer Battery
Talk Time Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Location Wi-Fi, Compass and Optional GPS (3G version) Wi-Fi, Compass and Optional GPS (3G version)
Ports 30-pin dock connector and 3.5mm headset 30-pin dock connector and 3.5mm headset
Dimension 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches
Weight WiFi: 680g (1.5 pounds)
WiFi + 3G: 730g (1.6 pounds)

WiFi: 601g (1.33 pounds)
WiFi + 3G: 613g (1.35 pounds)

1GHz Apple A4 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
256MB RAM 512MB (may be)
Graphics PowerVR SGX 535 Not confirmed
Cellular radio EDGE plus triband HSPA EDGE plus quadband HSPA or
Availability None Front as well as rear facing cameras
Rear camera 5x digital zoom 720p (HD)
Front camera VGA
HDMI Video Out
No Yes, through optional accessory (1080p)
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope No 3-axis
Carrier AT&T AT&T and Verizon
Black 10 types of colors
$349 (refurb)
$399 (new)
starts from $499

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