iPad vs iPad2 Comparison

After too much hype and myth, Apple finally revealed its new cool gadget – an improvement over its previous tablet – the iPad 2 last week. The iPad 2 features 2 cameras – one front and one rear. It is also one third thinner than its fore runner and runs the latest operating system iOS 4.3 and. The display and battery life remain unchanged. But just after few months of buying your original iPad, is it the time for an upgrade? Lets find out. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s changed, and what hasn’t changed between the original or classic iPad and the new iPad 2 launched by Apple last week.

iPad 2 Comparison

Whats new in the iPad2?

First of all, the iPad2 does not feature any breakthrough improvements compared to the original improvement. Most of the changes are only minor improvements except the new A5 processor and inclusion of camera. Thses few features completely new to the iPad 2 are as below.

1) Front-facing VGA camera
2) Rear-facing 720p camera
3) Gyroscope
4) New Smart Cover (Optional) that is attached by magnets and features a microfibre surface.
5) HDMI output dongle (Optional).

Beefed up Processor

Out with the old 1GHz single-core A4 chip, and in with a dual-core 1GHz A5 chip. The original iPad featured 256MB of RAM while the iPad 2 has 512MB. Again, we’re going to have to wait for the teardowns to appear to know if this has changed.

Same Amount of Storage

The options for storage remain the same – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Updated Radio for more band coverage

While WiFi and Bluetooth ramain the same (802.11 a/b/g/n and 2.1 + EDR respectively) the cell radio in the updated ipad has been updated. The original iPad featured EDGE plus triband HSPA while the iPad 2 features EDGE plus quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) for the AT&T versions and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) for the Verizon model. But it does not mean much to people who are already satisfied with their current networks or those who use Wi-Fi as the primary source of internet on the iPad.

Same price as original iPad

The price remains unchanged for all models – iPad 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model.

iPad 2 Same Pricing

Thinner iPad 2 – Small change in Dimensions

iPad 2 Thinner

The overall size of the iPad 2 is approximately the same as that of the iPad, but the thickness has gone down from 13.4 mm to 8.8 mm. The weight is also down for all models (WiFi model down from 680g to 601g while the WiFi + 3G is down from 730g to 613g for the AT&T model and 607g for the Verizon model.

Same Screen
No change here – The iPad 2 makes use of the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS 1024 x 768 screen as the original iPad. At this point one unknown relating to the screen is what graphics processor Apple has used. The original iPad used a PowerVR SGX 535 chip. We’ll have to wait for the teardowns to find this out.

Detailed Breakdown

If you are still confused whether to upgrade or not, read this article “Is iPad2 Worth an Upgrade?” which throws much more light on this topic to help you make a intelligent decision.

The iPad 2 will be available in the US from March 11th on the AT&T and Verizon networks. Customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, UK and other lucky countries will be able to purchase iPad2 from March 25th. Until then, you can check out the specification comparison of the classic iPad and the new iPad 2 below.

iPad vs iPad2 Specifications

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