Apple iPad 1

Released January, 2010
  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • 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 10
9.0
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 1
n.d.
iPad mini
n.d.
Nexus 10
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 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 1
8.9
iPad mini
9.2
Nexus 10
9.1
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 10
8.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 1
457
Nexus 10
1,509
iPad mini
750

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 1
728
Nexus 10
4,082
Nexus 7
2,282

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 1
3,484 ms
Nexus 10
1,371 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

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)

Operating system

But remember this is just the beginning – we'll soon see tablets based on Android (like the Dell Streak) and, later in the year, Google's Chrome OS.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Android, Chrome, even Windows Phone 7 – we'll no doubt see more devices like the iPad.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Exchange support is there – but it's still only for one single account until iPhone OS 4.0 arrives.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Operating System

A Lightning connector replaces the old 30-pin, just like all other new iOS devices this fall.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)
Windows 8 and RT tablets now offer an alternative set of products.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Touch

As usual with Apple, they've taken something established and done it better – and that's even before you get to the apps which take the iPhone and iPod touch model to a completely new level.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The use of the iPhone and iPod touch OS means that the iPad is a great living room-type device.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1025 x 768
PPI 132 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No

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 64 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 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm
Battery life 9.5 hour
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