iPad vs iPad 2

Apple announced its new iPad 2 on March 2nd and I figured I would do a comparison with the original iPad to let you decide if this is what you have been waiting for, or, if you already own the original, if it is worth upgrading.

 

The Improvements

The iPad 2 is both thinner and lighter than the original, weighing in at just 1.3 pounds and measuring .34” thick. The device now sports dual-core processors, a 2X faster CPU and 9X faster graphics. The tablet also has App mirroring (so you can play Plants vs. Zombies on the big screen), and also adds both front- and rear-facing cameras, and applications such as iMovie and PhotoBooth that take advantage of them. The iPad 2 will also offer iOS 4.3 which offers improved support for AirPlay, iTunes home sharing, and the ability to customize how the lock switch works on the side of the device.

A new native Garage Band application is also an outstanding addition to the iPad 2 from a musician’s standpoint. Instruments can be plugged into the side of the tablet, allowing musicians to record and mix up to 8 tracks of audio on their device.

The fact that Apple will be selling the new iPad for the same price as the original makes the iPad 2 a clear winner.

How the Battle Plays Out


Want to see how the battle between the two tablets looks spec by spec? I’ve created this awesome chart to let you see how the iPad 2 looks next to its older brother.

 

iPad vs iPad 2 Comparison Chart

 

 

Display

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

Processor

1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

RAM

256 RAM

TBA

Capacity

16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Wireless and Cellular

Wi-Fi model
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Wi-Fi + 3G model UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi model
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

Wi-Fi + 3G for Verizon model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)

Battery and Power

Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network

Sensors

Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Wi-Fi
Digital compass
Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Wi-Fi
Digital compass
Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Cameras

None

Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom

Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera

Other Features

3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Built-in speaker
Microphone

Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Built-in speaker
Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
Microphone

Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

Price

WiFi only:

16 GB – $ 399

32 GB – $ 499

64 GB – $ 599

 

WiFi + 3G:

16 GB – $ 529

32 GB – $ 629

64 GB – $ 729

WiFi only:

16 GB – $ 499

32 GB – $ 599

64 GB – $ 699

 

WiFi + 3G:

16 GB – $ 629

32 GB – $ 729

64 GB – $ 829

 

 


Conclusion

I feel like the features you get for $ 100 dollars more are indeed worth getting the iPad 2 over the original iPad if you don’t already own the original iPad. If you do own the original iPad, unless you can sell it for what Apple is selling it for now I do not see the need in paying $ 500+ for these new upgraded specs.

That said, I still cannot find myself in the market for any tablet devise just yet. One of the main reasons I would buy a tablet is to watch movies and listen to music. I have transferred all of my dvd’s and cd’s to digital versions and require at least a 500 GB hard drive or support for an external usb hard drive. Since none of the popular tablets out on the market have this large of a hard drive or external usb hard drive support I find myself still playing the waiting game.

These are very nice devices with applications that give it a vast amount of functionality. I highly recommend both of them.

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