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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
 DesignApple iPadApple iPad 2
Form FactorSlateSlate
KeyboardVirtual full keyboard with swypeVirtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension242.8×1859.7×13.4 mm241.2×185.7×8.8 mm
Weight730 g (1.6 lbs)613 g (1.35 lbs)
Body ColorBlack, WhiteBlack, White
 DisplayApple iPadApple iPad 2
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1024×768 pixels
FeaturesIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coatedIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 Operating SystemApple iPadApple iPad 2
PlatformiOS 4.2.1iOS 4.3
BrowserApple SafariApple Safari
Java/Adobe FlashNoNitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash
 ProcessorApple iPadApple iPad 2
ModelApple A4Dual-core Apple A5
Speed1 GHz1 GHz
 MemoryApple iPadApple iPad 2
RAM512512 MB
 CameraApple iPadApple iPad 2
ResolutionNo Camera
FlashNo CameraNo
Focus, ZoomNo CameraAuto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom
Video CaptureNo CameraHD 720p@30fps
FeaturesGeo 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 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 HotspotNoYes
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 VPNYesYes
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

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


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