Tablet Pc Apple iPad VS iPad 2 : Specs | Test | Review | Price. I thinking about how ipad will compare to the iPad 2 — which is probably a more fair comparison. Comparison - iPad vs iPad 2:After spending hours in line today, I managed to get my greasy sausage fingers on a brand new ipad 2 review and test it. We thought we would cram everything into one article here to talk about the Apple iPad, the iPad 2, the new commercial ad featuring iOS 4.2 features and we decided to add iPad 2 and BB PlayBook going head-to-head with its release dates.
So here it is, the most awaited, much speculated gadget of the year after the Iphone 5,the Apple Ipad 2.
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iPad VS iPad 2 : Specs | Test | Review | Price
To upgrade or not to upgrade? That is the question. And if you don't own an iPad but you're thinking about getting one, you may wonder what the differences are between both versions other than the sizable price gap. Sure, all of it is speculation right now and the iPad 2’s rumored specs seem to change with the wind, but I bet that Apple has something up its sleeve — and I don’t think that it’s a barometer.
So whats new with the second gen Ipad ? Lets analyze each of the new addition in spec-sheet of the Ipad 2.
The Processor & Graphics:
As expected the Apple Ipad 2 is powered by Apples’ new Dual core ARM based A5 Processor.The processor promises two times faster experience and it indeed delivers it.
The lucky nerds at engadget had a chance to test the baby hands-on and as you see it running you can’t help yourself but get impressed with its smokin fast performance.
We still don’t exactly know the details of the chip powering graphics segment of the ipad 2 but its said to deliver 9 times better (sweet!) than the first gen Ipad’s PowerVR SGX 535,also the RAM is not disclosed.
Only thing that has not been tweaked is the display.The Ipad 2 features the same old 9.7Inch display with 1024*768 resolution.
The Ipad got slimmer and lighter than we expected.The Ipad 2 weighs only 601gms and is Razor thin.With only 8.8mm thickness and such low weight its the sexiest tablet making the others look obese.
Also the slimmer,lighter,and curved body makes the Ipad 2 a delight to hold on.
The most desirable feature in the second gen Ipad,a front and back camera has been installed.
The front cam is a VGA one (30FPS recording) for facetime and the rear side has 5MP camera with LED flash capable of 720P HD (@ 30FPS) video recording.
oh yeah,you asked for it,apple gave it.The Apple Ipad 2 has both CDMA and GSM calling support.So we will be seeing it on both Verizon and AT&T.
What more ?
we have a Gyroscope for advanced gaming,1080P TV Out (though you would need to spend an extra 39$ for the dongle called as apple digital tv adapter (Damn!)),and the all new IOS 4.3.
The same 25Wh battery what we had in the first gen Ipad is retained in the Ipad 2 with a promise of same 10 hours backup(*depending on the usage).
Here is a quick tabular overview on the diff between the Ipad and Ipad
Not that anyone expected Apple would give away Flash support this time but a surprise would have been sweet.Lack of Flash support is still and always would be a major concern (at least until HTML5 powers the major video web).This lack of flash has been a major deal-breaker and one of the main reasons people should look out for an Android alternative.
Sadly no expandable memory,so you have pick from the conventional 16gb,32gb 64 variants.
The basic 16GB WiFi only model is priced at 499$ and the full fledged WiFi+ 3G 64GB variant will cost you 829$.The Ipad 2 will be available at an Apple Store near you from March 11th.
Here is the quote on pricing and availability from the official Press release
Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps will be available on March 11 for $4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or www.itunes.com/appstore.
iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.
Apple iPad 2: Verdict
The lighter design, A5 processor, cameras, gyroscope, and other enhancements increase the iPad 2's value over the iPad... at the same price.
But the original iPad is now £100 cheaper and Apple has had a full year to innovate further without really delivering much.
We really wanted to see some jaw-dropping new features. In actual real-world speed tests, the most common apps don't perform any faster... yet. Maybe that will change when developers start to optimise apps for the iPad 2's hardware. But for now, only a few apps truly benefit.
So where does that leave the iPad 2?
When pressed into a corner, we have to admit that the new design is attractive enough to make anyone want to upgrade. It's simply gorgeous, and retains the solid, premium feel of the original iPad.
The lighter styling means more mobility, and even less reliance on a laptop. Steve Jobs talks about a post-PC world – we're not there yet, but the writing is most certainly on the wall.
The speed improvements for GarageBand, iMovie, and several games are noteworthy. As with Android 3.0 tablets like the Xoom, the iPad 2's best days are certainly ahead of it.
Will developers start to produce games and apps that make the most of the A5 chip inside the iPad 2? We'd like to think the answer is yes – but those same developers will not want to forget about about the 15 million people out there who already have a first generation iPad – so the extent to which games and apps will be optimised is unclear.
Will the limitations of the first iPad hold the iPad 2 back? Probably. How much, we'll have to wait and see. But this is almost certainly one of the reasons behind Apple's reluctance to really innovate with the iPad 2.
One thing's for sure - the iPad 2 is still not a great multi-tasker. As far as that particular feature goes, Android 3.0 has iOS 4 beaten hands-down. To even say that iOS supports multitasking is stretching it if you ask us. The lack of widgets is also a drawback, and we can't see Apple introducing them to iOS any time soon.
The cameras are also very poor – and that's an area Apple could easily improve upon, but chose not to. And that leads us into the real negative feature of iPad 2 - simply its lack of innovation. This is a refined iPad, with a few extra hardware features and a more powerful CPU.
For all the negatives, for now we think the iPad 2 is still the best tablet around. It is much better for consuming media, has more compelling apps (especially for the larger tablet size), has a better app store ecosystem, and is light and useable. Maybe the Xoom or some other Android 3.0 tablet can keep up…or maybe not.
Did Apple really deliver the next big thing for tablets with its iPad 2 announcement, or did the company simply trot out a moderate upgrade to keep pace with the other guys?
iPad 2While specs don't necessarily tell all, they can be great indicators of a device's progress as it jumps from one generation to the next. A comparison of the iPad 2's specs to the original iPad shows whether Apple's new model truly evolved, and if it deserves to be lauded as the greatest thing to happen to tablets since, well, the first iPad.
So..are u getting one ?