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Difference Between Apple iPad and Apple iPad 2

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Apple iPad and Apple iPad 2 are tablet devices from Apple. iPad had been the benchmark for all tablets, now the legacy been passed to iPad 2. iPad and iPad 2 both are powered with Apple Propriety operating system Apple iOS and Apple Processors. iPad was released with Apple A4 processor and iPad 2 is built with A5 processor.  iPad currently runs iOS 4.2.1 while iPad 2 runs iOS 4.3. iPad OS can also be upgraded to iOS 4.3.  The major differences between iPad and iPad 2 are going to be the processor speed, operating system, front and rear built-in cameras, RAM and the thickness. The clock speed of the new A5 processor in iPad 2 is double that of the processor in iPad. Also, the performance of the GPU in iPad 2 is nine+ times better than iPad. The RAM size too doubled in iPad 2. In addition, iPad 2 has dual cameras, which was a shortfall in iPad. On the design side too iPad 2 is made thinner and lighter. It is one of the slimmest tablets in the market with 8.8 mm thinness. Apple is all set to retain its tablet market share with the release of the second generation iPad 2.

The Major competitors for iPad 2 are going to be Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Blackberry PlayBook, Dell Streek 7 and HTC Flyer.

Apple iPad

Apple iPad is designed with 9.7 inches multitouch LED backlit LCD display using IPS technology which enables wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and the screen is oleophobic coated to resist fingerprint marks. The display is designed to show the content in any orientation, in portrait or landscape. The device is powered by Apple’s own propriety operating system, iOS 4.2.1. Initially when the iPad was released it was running on iOS 3.2 with the upgradeable capability. And it can also be upgraded to latest iOS4.3.

Some of the special features of iOS 4.x are the Multi-tasking, AirPrint, AirPlay and find my iPhone. Also it supports for display of multiple languages simultaneously. The mail application is optimized for larger screen, in landscape orientation you can view the opened message and the inbox mail description side by side in split screens. Also you can open different mail boxes in multiple screens or can have everything in a unified mailbox. Using AirPrint you can print the message through wi-fi or 3G.

Apple Safari, the browser used in iPad is amazing on large screen with the multi touch interface redesigned for large screen. You can simply double tap a section on a page to enlarge or shrink it. There’s also a handy thumbnail view that shows all your open pages in a grid, so you can quickly move from one page to the next. Another notable feature of iPad is its battery life, it is claimed to be 10 hours while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music and on 3G data network, it is up to 9 hours.

Access to Apple Apps Store which has over 300,000 applications and to iTunes are attractive features of iPad

Apple iPad 2

iPad 2 has excellent multitasking feature with the support of 1GHz dual core high performance A5 application processor, 512 MB RAM and revamped OS iOS 4.3.

iPad 2 is amazingly slim and light, it’s just 8.8 mm thin and weight 1.33 pounds, that is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad. The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice faster than A4 and 9 times better on graphics while the power consumption remains same.

The new operating system iOS 4.3 also has improved on some features like iTunes home sharing, improved iMovie , improved AirPlay and the performance of the Safari browser improved with Nitro JavaScript engine. With improved AirPlay you can wirelessly stream your media content to HDTV or speakers via AppleTV.

iPad 2 has added some new features like rare camera with gyro and a new software PhotoBooth, 720p video camcorder, front facing camera with FaceTime for video conferencing, and two applications – improved iMovie and GarageBand turning your iPad 2 in to a small musical instrument. iPad 2 also has HDMI capability- that means you can connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter, which you have to purchase separately.

iPad 2 will have variants to support both 3G-UMTS/HSPA network and 3G-CDMA network and will release Wi-Fi only model also.

iPad 2 is available in black and white colors and use the same battery as iPad and also priced same like iPad. Apple introduces a new bendable magnatic case for iPad 2, named as Smart Cover. iPad 2 will be available in the US market from March 11th and to others from March 25th.

Differentiator Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 1GHz Dual Core Apple A5 (2x clock speed, 9x GPU speed)
RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Network Compatibility UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE

OR

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A

UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE

OR

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A

Display 9.7″ 1024×768 pixels 9.7″ 1024×768 pixels
Dimension 9.56×7.32x0.53 inches 9.5×7.31x0.34 inches (33% thinner)
Weight 1.6 lbs (Wi-Fi only)

1.66 lbs ((Wi-Fi+3G)

1.33 lbs (Wi-Fi only)

1.34 -1.35 lbs (Wi-Fi+3G)

15% lighter

Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR

Operating System iOS 4.3 (Build 8C231) iOS 4.3 (Build 8E321)
Camera No Camera Rear – support 720p HD video recording

Front -VGA

Internal Memory 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB 16 GB/32 GB/64 GB
HDMI No Compatible (Connect to TV via Apple Digital AV Adapter)
Bluetooth tethering No Yes
Price 16 GB Wi-Fi – $399; 16GB Wi-Fi+3G – $529

32 GB Wi-Fi – $499; 32GB Wi-Fi+3G – $629

64 GB Wi-Fi – $599; 32GB Wi-Fi+3G – $729

16 GB Wi-Fi – $499; 16GB Wi-Fi+3G – $629

32 GB Wi-Fi – $599; 32GB Wi-Fi+3G – $729

64 GB Wi-Fi – $699; 32GB Wi-Fi+3G – $829


Apple introducing iPad 2


Difference Between iPad and iPad 2

(1) iPad 2 comes up with higher performance processor and RAM. New A5 processor’s clock speed is twice as faster than A4 and 9 times better on graphics while the power consumption remains same.

(2) iPad 2 is equipped with 2 cameras one in front and other in rear.

(3) iPad 2 come with new Apple iOS 4.3 which has some feature improvement and better browser performance.

(4) iPad 2 is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad.

(6) iPad 2 gives an extremely good multi media experience.

(7) iOS 4.3 introduce two applications, enhanced iMovie and GarageBand. And mail client specially for gmail

(8) iPad 2 support Bluetooth tethering while iPad does not.

Comparison of Specifications
Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2
 Design Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Form Factor Slate Slate
Keyboard Virtual full keyboard with swype Virtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension 242.8x1859.7x13.4 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in)
Weight 730 g (1.6 lbs) 601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM
Body Color Black, White Black, White
 Display Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Size 9.7 9.7 in
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Features IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated IPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 Operating System Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Platform iOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.4) iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1)
UI Apple Apple
Browser Apple Safari Apple Safari
Java/Adobe Flash No Nitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash
 Processor Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Model Apple A4 Apple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz dual core
 Memory Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
RAM 512 512 MB
Included 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
Expansion No No
 Camera Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Resolution No Camera 0.7MP
Flash No Camera No
Focus, Zoom No Camera Auto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom
Video Capture No Camera HD 720p@30fps
Features - Geo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary camera No 3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 Entertainment Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Audio Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV Formats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
Video Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG Formats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG
Gaming Game Center
FM Radio No No
 Battery Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Type Capacity Built in Li-Polymer Built-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer
Talktime Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G) Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
Standby More than 1 month
 Mail and Messaging Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Mail General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync General Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync
Messaging Google Talk (Web based) , Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat Google Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat
 Connectivity Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Wi-Fi Yes 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Hotspot No No
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 +EDR
USB Via Cable Yes
HDMI No Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter
DLNA -
 Location Service Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Maps Google Maps Google Maps
GPS A-GPS A-GPS
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe MobileMe
 Network Support Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
2G/3G UMTS/ HSDPA/ HSUPA; GSM / EDGE UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE
4G No No
 Applications Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Apps Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.1 Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2
Social Networks Facebook, Linkedin, MySpace,Twitter,YouTube Facebook, Vimeo,Twitter, Linkedin
Voice Calling Skype,Vonage,Viber Skype,Viber,Vonage
Video Calling Skype,Tango Skype,Tango
Featured FaceTime iBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth
 Business Mobility Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Remote VPN Yes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS Pulse Yes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate Mail Yes with Active Sync Yes with CISCO Mobile
Corporate Directory Cisco Mobile Yes with CISCO Mobile
Video Conferencing Cisco WebEx CISCO Mobile,WebEx
 Security Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
  MobileMe,Password protected screen MobileMe,Password Protected Screen
 Additional Features Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
  AirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use AirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use,65000 iPad specific applications

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D2VFIQHVU5JTXLBCCU4E6EG57I Jason Wilson

    Thanks for the info :]

  • http://twitter.com/figurethingsout Brian Sousa

    well i wrote an article about it http://figurethingsout.com/blog/2011/03/… But that main things are its speed and camera system that allows for video conferencing. Everything else is aimed at people who dont know any better and just want the latest cool toy which is the iPad2. if your more into specs look at the xoom or playbook.

  • Damian Eu De

    As it says on Apple website ‘Apple Digital AV Adapter’ for HDMI is compatible with:

    - iPhone 4
    - iPod touch 4th generation
    - iPad
    - iPad 2
    …but:
    Mirroring supported only by iPad 2.
    Video out supports up to 1080p for iPad 2 and up to 720p for iPad, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation). Movies play at up to 720p.

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