Apple iPad 1

Released May, 2010
  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
In terms of basic hardware, the iPad isn't overly impressive, although the 1,024 x 768, 9.7-inch diagonal screen is absolutely gorgeous.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
7.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad 1

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 1
7.4
iPad mini
8.5
Nexus 7
8.7
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 1
n.d.
iPad mini
n.d.
Nexus 7
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 1
6.9
iPad mini
7.6
Nexus 7
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 1
8.9
iPad mini
9.2
Nexus 7
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and techradar.com

7.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 1
7.8
iPad mini
8.4
Nexus 7
8.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 1
457
iPad mini
750
iPad Air
261

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 1
728
Nexus 7
2,282
iPad Air
2,117

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 1
3,484 ms
Nexus 7
1,371 ms
iPad mini
1,426 ms

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad 1


8.5
The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.

7.0
When held in two hands it might be an inch or so too large to type really quickly, but set it down in landscape mode you can type accurately and at reasonable speed.

8.0
Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.

Overall

7.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Network technology

While the benefits of 3G connectivity are obvious, it's not all smooth sailing for the iPad 3G.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Yep, so that's available on the iPhone, and whether you need this 3G variant really depends on if you think you'll need the 3G capability when you're out and about.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Apps

iTunes HD video looks superb, while watching YouTube videos are also an impressive experience.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Of course, there are a great many magazine apps being launched, but books is where Apple is concentrating.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The Apple A4 chip certainly seems to cope quite well with the graphical demands of the device and apps load quickly, too.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Screen

The A6X speeds up the iPad back to levels you'd expect, and it handles Retina Display graphics even better.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
The Retina Display also remains the same, and it's still as lovely as ever.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
It's LED by design, meaning it's extremely bright and the colours exceptionally vivid.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Wifi

It's expensive – and through monthly costs far, far more so than the iPad Wi-Fi.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The iPad will always try to connect to a Wi-Fi connection if one is available anyway, so you'll only use your data connection where absolutely necessary.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
My Wi-Fi review model came in black (64GB); the iPad also comes in white.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Size

The 13.4 mm thickness does make the device feel extremely slim, but it remains fairly weighty.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The 1.4-pound body doesn't feel lightweight, but it's comfortable to hold in two hands.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
The thicker bezel of the iPad is necessary at this size and weight; it helps keep a grip on the otherwise ultra-sleek body.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768
PPI 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.25 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam None
Rear camera None

ports

USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 730 g
Size 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm
Battery life 9.5 hour
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