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The tablet market is dominating since 2010 by the Apple’s two awesome tablet and it’s iPad 2 and iPad1. To compete with the Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Blackberry PlayBook, Dell Streak 7, HTC Flyer and LG Optimus Pad, Apple recently released it’s second generation iPad that is iPad 2.

Let’s have a close look of both these tablets.


1. iPad 2 is amazingly slim and light, it’s just 8.8 mm (0.34 inches) thin and weighs 1.33 pounds, that is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad. But still the display (9.7 inches, 1024×768 pixels with IPS technology) and the body are the same (Single slab of aluminum in the back and the face is the same scratch resistance oleophobic coated glass). Only a slight different in the design, iPad 2 has angled edges. The edges are tapered to reduce weight.

2. Two cameras are new in iPad 2, a 5 MP rare camera with the capability for 720p HD video recording and a front-facing camera for video chat using FaceTime. There is no flash for the camera.

3. More powerful 1 GHz dual core A5 processor is used in iPad 2. iPad is built with 1GHz A4 processor.

4. Main memory is doubled, iPad 2 has 512 MB while iPad has only 256 MB.


1. iPad 2 offers better multitasking experience with the support of 1GHz dual core high performance A5 application processor, 512 MB RAM and the improved iOS 4.3.

2. The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice faster than A4 and 9 times better (in practice we can expect 5 – 7 times better performance) on graphics while the power consumption remains same.

3. Excellent browsing experience – the Safari browser is improved with Nitro JavaScript engine with the iOS 4.3 upgrade. When both run iOS 4.3, iPad 2 shows about 80% better performance than iPad and pages load around 35% faster than iPad.

Apple iPad 2 will be a benchmark product in Apple’s Smartphone and Tablet Family, it gives an excellent performance.

Additional Features

1. HDMI capability – you can connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter (cost an extra US$39). It has HDMI mirroring capability but mirroring is not available for video playback.

2. The new operating system iOS 4.3 has improved on some features and added additional features like iTunes home sharing, PhotoBooth, improved iMovie ($4.99 from App Store) and improved AirPlay. With improved AirPlay you can wirelessly stream your media content to HDTV or speakers via AppleTV.

3. Preference for iPad Switch to mute or for rotation lock and parental control to restrict access to some applications are two other new features in iOS 4.3.

4. New application GarageBand ($4.99 from App Store)

However iPad is also compatible with iOS 4.3 and iPad users can upgrade their OS to 4.3. Now it is iOS 4.3.1 (released 25 March 2011)


1. Smart Cover – Apple introduces a new bendable magnatic case for iPad 2, named as Smart Cover. Which will cost an extra US $39.

2. Wireless Keyboard – a thin keyboard which can be connected over Bluetooth

3. iPad 2 Dock

Apple Digital AV adapter is same as the previous one. These accessories are not included to the box, you have to purchase these separately. iPad 1 accessories are compatible with iPad 2, however due to the reduced thickness the first generation dock won’t be an exact fit.


iPad 2 will be available in the US market from March 11th and to the global market starting from March 25th.

Check out the full spec comparison below.

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 242.8×1859.7×13.4 mm 241.2×185.7×8.8 mm
Weight 730 g (1.6 lbs) 613 g (1.35 lbs)
Body Color Black, White Black, White
 Display Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Size 9.7 9.7
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024×768 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 iOS 4.3
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 Dual-core Apple A5
Speed 1 GHz 1 GHz
 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
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 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 Yes
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 +EDR
USB Via Cable Yes
HDMI No Compatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter
 Location Service Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
Maps Google Maps Google Maps
Lost-Theft Protection MobileMe MobileMe
 Network Support Apple iPad Apple iPad 2
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 Yes
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

Performance difference between iPad and iPad 2 depends on the iOS version differences and features with relavent hardware.


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