iPad vs. iPad 2: We compare Apple's two tablets

Is the Apple iPad 2 that much better than the original iPad?

Apple's iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but just how much is different?

Apple's iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but just how much is different?

Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 tablet has finally been unveiled, but is it that much better than its predecessor?

Read our comprehensive iPad review and our detailed iPad 2 preview.

The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It is powered by an Apple designed dual-core processor called the A5. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner (8.8mm) than the original, weighs 613g, and will come in both black and white models.

Apple claims the A5 processor doubles the speed of the iPad 2 compared to the original and makes graphics processing up to nine times faster. The screen resolution hasn't changed, and the iPad 2 doesn't get the Thunderbolt connector that was unveiled on the new MacBook Pro range.

Check out our full specification differences between the original iPad and the iPad 2 below:

Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2: Specifications

Feature iPad iPad 2
Display technology Capacitive IPS Capacitive IPS
Display resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Display size 9.7in 9.7in
Processor Apple A4 (1GHz) Apple A5 (1GHz dual-core)
RAM 256MB 512MB (unconfirmed)
Internal memory 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
Rear camera None Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
Front camera None Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
3G networks (3G + Wi-Fi models) HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope None 3-axis
GPS Yes Yes
Expandable memory No No
Width 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (Wi-Fi), 730g (Wi-Fi + 3G) 601g (Wi-Fi), 613g (Wi-Fi + 3G)
HDMI-out Yes, 720p (with optional Digital AV Adapter) Yes, 1080p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)
Adobe Flash support No No

The Apple iPad 2 will be available in Australia on March 25. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the iPad 2 is expected to cost the same as the original iPad.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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31 Comments

Cam

1

So which one is better??

I think the iPad 1 definitely - it will be a lot cheaper now because of the iPad 2, and it's more than good enough for its tasks...

Jmally

2

No Gyroscope on the first iPad. Check your facts.

Ross Catanzariti

Staff

3

Hi Jmally,

Thanks for the feedback. This was an error on our behalf and has since been corrected.

Lee

4

how annoying to have no Flash support grrrr!

ipad1 returned

5

definitely ipad2. Ipad1 had so much problems I had to return it. Not enough graphics processing, even for the basic stuff like when you are scrolling any webpage, it'll crash and restart itself. Apple happily refunded fully without hesitation as they know there is design fault in their product. So not ipad 1 but definitely ipad 2.

Davy

6

I have an iPad 1 and I haven't had any problems with it at all, other than the Flash thing, that is annoying I agree.

Julia

7

How Nice??

melody

8

i like that!!!!!

julia

9

sad my dad what the faster ipad or ipad 2!!!

Darren

10

i'm thinking of getting an iPad 1 as a dedicated ebook reader, and maybe a bit of web browsing. certainly don't need dual processors or cameras for that..

harsha

11

pls tell me.. Ipad 1 & 2 size z deffrent?
ipad 2 pouch are nt matching to ipad 1?

Dave

12

I have the iPd 1. use it for genrsl web (browsing, facebook, email, facebook etc) a few games (scrabble, need for speed, physics bed games) reading books and interactive magzines etc etc and have not hd ONE problem with it. definately ft enough... goodmenough grphicsnetc) no camera but i have no interet in that i dont do video conferences and have a camera for photos. ipad 1 is Fine.

Mona

13

Im using my iPad 2 to look at this and I've been an iPad 1. I think that the second ones are better.

kiwicottage

14

what is the difference between first generation and the next? Does it pay to purchase a refurbished 64 gb for $499.- first generation?

mlynch001

15

I am going to wait for the I-pad 5! This will likely be 8 times better that the 1 and 6 times better than the 2!

Li_

16

I just got new macair. I'm interested in knowing different type of differences:
Will 1/2 sync without connecting to computer?
Will 1/2 send it's calendar/contact info to computer wirelessly after initial manual load.
Can 1/2 manage some apps, computer manage others?
I have only been using my iPad 1, will those apps work on computer?
Will my doc's and stuff move to or intigrate with computer?
Any other operations that 1 can/can't do that 2 can/can't?
Thanks for feedback.

Chris Mansman

17

Have both IPAD1 & IPAD2 as an avid lover (actually refer to them as my I-BABIES) I would say the only noticeable differences are the depth (IPAD2 feels so much skinnier) and the camera. But pics from the camera are extremely low quality, however being able to video-chat in my opinion makes IPAD2 worth it (that & the hubby purchased it, lol)

Anise

18

You can down load flash on the ipad 2 not sure about the 1

James Sandison

19

@Anise, how?? Jail broken??

phizzle

20

Does ipad1 uses the Micro-Sim card?

jaideep

21

ipad 2 is the bast......

Damien

23

Ipad 2 is sooooo much more useful then iPad 1 !!!!!!! No point in buying iPad 1

IN NEED OF INFO

24

So useful thanks guys i'm gonna get the 2nd.
:D

j bastos

25

we are in a new generation ipad 2 is better.

B123

26

If you have a iPad 1 and want to upgrade to a 2 there is NO POINT all the iPad 2 has is a camera and thinner BIG DEAL!! iPads purpose are not for taking photos or vidieos it is made to be a electronic used for meetings-power points, games, web, Facebook and more
You want a camera GET A PROPER ONE
But if you already have a 2 that's fine iPad 1 people don't upgrade now wait for a iPad generation that has more WOW factor.
Thanks hope this helps!!

niggah1991

27

you shit fegs dont know what my ipad can do to you.

Cindy

28

is the Ipad 1 compatible with Instagram and Hulu plus?

billyzack

29

I don't know, ask NIGGAH, he might know!

Vetsky

30

I just bought a demo model on special for ipad 1 for $283, (australian) it had a cable missing, is that a good deal? I really just want it for typing documents etc when Im out & about. Just trying to charge it up now using my ipod music cable. If it doesnt work I'll take it back. I already have a macbook so didnt want to fork out for the 4.

Cam S.

31

Well I have an iPad 3, 2, and 1. All very nice instruments.

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