Since its launch, Apple’s iPad was a serious thread to classic notebooks and it raised the technology expectations to another level, unthinkable before and hard to defeat today. Now the time has come for Apple to upgrade it’s iPad, bringing it to a whole new level, to confirm its leader position on the tablet market, so since they have announced the release of iPad 2, lots of people wanted to see what exactly iPad 2 means and what are the main differences between iPad and iPad 2.We are going to present a step by step confrontation, a little iPad Vs. iPad 2 match, based on the specs offered by Apple, and in the end we are going to declare a winner, taking in consideration the price. With all the information aboard, let’s start this battle and see exactly what are the new things bought by iPad 2.
iPad was launched on 3rd April 2010 and in 2010 Apple sold 14,79 units worldwide. It relies on online services like iTunes store, App store, Mobile Me, iBook store or Safari to personalize and populate the tablet with applications or content. The main idea of this device was not to use any electrical conductivity when you want to select something from the screen, basically making it very easy to use iPad anywhere. It has also an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense the devices orientation, to switch from portrait and landscape modes. It was a revolutionary device regarding this sensor because unlike iPhone and iPod Touch, it could support screen rotation in all four orientations.
iPad 2 is going to be launched on 17th March 2011 and it seems like Apple understood what features it has to add on it, based on the feed-back received from the previous tablet. The question is, have they managed to change the old iPad enough in order to satisfy the customers demands, or they realized meaningless changes and hope to sell iPad 2 due to its predecessors rename? At first sight, it seems like iPad 2 has nothing in common with the old iPad, except Apple’s logo, but is it? Let’s see exactly what the main changes are.
iPad vs iPad 2 Specs: First sight Confrontation
We are going to analyze some of the most important lines presented in the table above, and at each section there will be a winner or a tie. Let’s see how the two tablets from apple managed to differentiate and who will win this confrontation.
iPad vs iPad 2: Dimensions and Weight
The first thing that you’ll notice between iPad and iPad 2 is the size. iPad 2 is thinner and smoother on the edges, being also a little bit smaller. The huge difference is the weight, where iPad 2 manages to be lighter than iPad, making it easier to handle and less solicitation for your hands if you are using it for a long time without putting it down. At this point iPad 2 has the advantage, while iPad stands behind with a little more weight and over-sized dimensions.
When it comes to battery lifetime, we have a tie situation because both iPad and iPad 2 shares the same battery which can provide 10 hours of continuous usage without recharging. It is a pretty good value, if you think that those 10 hours actually means uninterrupted usage of the processor by surfing on the internet, playing games, running different applications or just watching videos. In a stand-by mode, both iPad and iPad 2 can provide a 1 month period before recharging.
iPad vs iPad 2: Display
Even if iPad 2 is a little bit smaller than iPad, they share the same 9.7 inch display making it again a tie. It can display a 1024 x 768 resolution and it’s made from a fingerprint-resistant and scratch-resistant glass with a great response at the commands. The 9.7 inch liquid crystal display has two important sensors that adjust to ambient light and also the brightness so that you will see the same high quality images even if you move from indoors to outdoors. Nobody wins at this section, let’s move forward.
iPad comes with the classic iOS 4.2.1, as its upgraded version, iPad 2, comes with an upgraded version of the OS: 4.3. The iOS 4.3 brings out a new feature that allows you to customize the side switch button. You can make it a volume button which allows you to toggle between volume on and mute, or to lock the screen in landscape of portrait view. This iOS is going to be available once the iPad 2 launches and the good news is that if you have iPad, you can upgrade it. Considering the last argument, we declare this a tie.
iPad vs iPad 2:Processor
As we can see from the table above, iPad 2 is equipped with new processor from Apple, which can only mean that it is faster. Its dual-core processor can make the difference when it comes on running multiple applications or playing games, but if you add the upgraded version of iPads Apple A4, Apple A5 system on a chip then you have a warranty of this new iPad 2 performance. After you will play a little bit on the new iPad 2, you’ll start to refer at iPad as ancient. This section is won by iPad 2!
Here, Apple didn’t specify any exact info about the new iPad 2 memory, but we an assume that it will be equipped with at least 256 MB of RAM ( which will bring a tie at this section ) or we can hope for more and ask for a 512 MB of RAM ( in this case making iPad 2 to win this section, and if we consider that Apple upgraded the processor, we can afford to be 51% sure that iPad 2 will have the 512 MB of RAM). But because we don’t have an official statement of this spec, we are going to consider this section a tie.
With no doubts iPad 2 wins this section because, as you know iPad has no front or rear cameras and iPad 2 is equipped with a VGA front-facing camera and a 720p HD rear-facing camera, being optimized for video-calls.
Both models, iPad and iPad 2 can be purchased in a 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB version, so nothing new here. Without any further comments at this section: TIE!
iPad vs iPad 2: Wireless and Geolocation
Both models have the same specs at this section, Apple sharing the tech from iPad to iPad 2. This can only mean one thing: if it was applied for the iPad 2 it can assure us that it works well as you probably noticed on the iPad, if you used this function often. Tie at this section also
iPad vs iPad 2: Conclusion
iPad 2 will come trough AT&T and Verizon (the model with Wi-Fi + 3G) in 17th March 2011 and its price will start from $499. As we could see from the confrontation above, iPad 2 definitely win it, but will it win after its launch? Will Apple have at least the same success with iPad 2 as they had with iPad? We think that they will, but do you?