Difference Between Apple iPad and Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2 | Full Specs Comparison | iPad 1 vs iPad 2 Dimensions, Price,  Hardware and Speed | iOS 5 Release

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.

DifferentiatorApple iPad Apple iPad 2
Processor1GHz Apple A41GHz Dual Core Apple A5 (2x clock speed, 9x GPU speed)
RAM256 MB512 MB
Network CompatibilityUMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA; GSM/EDGE






Display9.7″ 1024×768 pixels9.7″ 1024×768 pixels
Dimension9.56×7.32x0.53 inches9.5×7.31x0.34 inches (33% thinner)
Weight1.6 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

ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR

Operating SystemiOS 4.3 (Build 8C231)iOS 4.3 (Build 8E321)
CameraNo CameraRear – support 720p HD video recording

Front -VGA

Internal Memory16 GB/32 GB/64 GB16 GB/32 GB/64 GB
HDMINoCompatible (Connect to TV via Apple Digital AV Adapter)
Bluetooth tetheringNoYes
Price16 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
 DesignApple iPadApple iPad 2
Form FactorSlateSlate
KeyboardVirtual full keyboard with swypeVirtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension242.8x1859.7x13.4 mm241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in)
Weight730 g (1.6 lbs)601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM
Body ColorBlack, WhiteBlack, White
 DisplayApple iPadApple iPad 2
Size9.79.7 in
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1024 x 768 pixels
FeaturesIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coatedIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 Operating SystemApple iPadApple iPad 2
PlatformiOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.4)iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1)
BrowserApple SafariApple Safari
Java/Adobe FlashNoNitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash
 ProcessorApple iPadApple iPad 2
ModelApple A4Apple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU
Speed1 GHz1 GHz dual core
 MemoryApple iPadApple iPad 2
RAM512512 MB
 CameraApple iPadApple iPad 2
ResolutionNo Camera0.7MP
FlashNo CameraNo
Focus, ZoomNo CameraAuto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom
Video CaptureNo CameraHD 720p@30fps
Features-Geo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary cameraNo3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 EntertainmentApple iPadApple iPad 2
AudioFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAVFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
VideoFormats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEGFormats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG
GamingGame Center
FM RadioNoNo
 BatteryApple iPadApple iPad 2
Type CapacityBuilt in Li-PolymerBuilt-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer
TalktimeSurfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
StandbyMore than 1 month
 Mail and MessagingApple iPadApple iPad 2
MailGeneral Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange SyncGeneral Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync
MessagingGoogle Talk (Web based) , Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook ChatGoogle Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat
 ConnectivityApple iPadApple iPad 2
Wi-Fi HotspotNoNo
Bluetooth2.1 + EDR2.1 +EDR
USBVia CableYes
HDMINoCompatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter
 Location ServiceApple iPadApple iPad 2
MapsGoogle MapsGoogle Maps
Lost-Theft ProtectionMobileMeMobileMe
 Network SupportApple iPadApple iPad 2
 ApplicationsApple iPadApple iPad 2
AppsApple Apps Store, iTunes 10.1Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2
Social NetworksFacebook, Linkedin, MySpace,Twitter,YouTubeFacebook, Vimeo,Twitter, Linkedin
Voice CallingSkype,Vonage,ViberSkype,Viber,Vonage
Video CallingSkype,TangoSkype,Tango
FeaturedFaceTimeiBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth
 Business MobilityApple iPadApple iPad 2
Remote VPNYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS PulseYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate MailYes with Active SyncYes with CISCO Mobile
Corporate DirectoryCisco MobileYes with CISCO Mobile
Video ConferencingCisco WebExCISCO Mobile,WebEx
 SecurityApple iPadApple iPad 2
 MobileMe,Password protected screenMobileMe,Password Protected Screen
 Additional FeaturesApple iPadApple iPad 2
 AirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate useAirPlay,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
    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.