i want to buy an ipad but would like to have a comparison between the two, also do we know any infomation about the ipad 3?
iPad vs iPad2
Dimensions – CHANGED (slightly) While the overall footprint of the iPad 2 is the same as that of the iPad, the thickness has gone down from 13.4mm to 8.8mm. 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.
Screen – UNCHANGED) 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.
Processor – UPDATED) Out with the old 1GHz single-core A4 chip, and in with a dual-core 1GHz A5 chip. The original A4 featured 256MB of RAM while the iPhone 4 has 512MB. Again, we’re going to have to wait for the teardowns to appear to know if this has changed.
Storage – UNCHNAGED) The options for storage remain the same – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
Radios – UPDATED) 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.
Price – UNCHANGED) The price remains unchanged for all models – iPad 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB WiFi-only model.
New features) There are a few features completely new to the iPad 2. Here’s a rundown:
•Front-facing VGA camera
•Rear-facing 720p camera
•New case (optional) that is attached by magnets (how DO they work? and features a microfibre surface.
•HDMI output dongle (optional)
While the front and rear cameras aren’t guaranteed on the iPad 2, the third model of the iPad would almost certainly add the feature along with a three-axis gyroscope set-up similar to the iPhone 4 model. The original iPad currently does not have one despite its advanced movement technology.
Apple might very well be saving the best for the iPad 3 in an effort to assemble the most innovative technologies into a cohesive machine. It’s possible that the company may consider the technology and the form factor don’t really fit together right now. They are definitely going smaller while retaining the same high-definition options and retina support. However, getting smaller and adding certain functionalities might not be feasible at this point.
The company could also be considering HDMI compatibility with the iPad 3, perfect for hooking up the device to a television for movie viewing or other purposes. This would be an ideal business move for those showing off their created apps to would-be buyers or gamers looking to see what’s happening on a bigger screen.
Other improvements could be made as well. The iPad 3 could have an even stronger build than the iPad 2, with even less thickness and weight to it. However, most of the technological features would remain the same, outside of an improved operating system, and additional storage options and RAM.
Sorry for all the info
The iPad 2 has a camera. It is also lighter and thinner than the first generation iPad. As of the iPad 3, I am not sure about that one.
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