Apple iPad 2

Released March, 2011
  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
If you've ever used an iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad 2 will feel immediately familiar.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
7.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 2
7.8
iPad 3
n.d.
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 2
7.2
iPad 3
9.3
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 2
7.0
iPad 3
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 2
9.1
iPad 3
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and trustedreviews.com

7.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 2
7.8
iPad 3
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 2
261
iPad Air
261

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 2
1,506
iPad Air
2,117
iPad 3
960

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 2
1,808 ms
Surface RT
994 ms
iPad mini 2
1,426 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 2
3.4 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps
Novo 9 Spark
5.1 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 2
14.8 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps
Surface RT
11.5 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad 2


8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.

8.0
Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Apps

The slew of great magazine and newspaper apps that are now available do provide an arguably nicer way to read the same content you might get online.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
This proves more of an advantage in the home than out and about; bearing in mind how many apps are effectively just pretty, stand-alone web pages, over 3G the connection tends to be the limiting factor in how fast apps run.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
The slight price reduction of the 16GB model is a definite slap in the face to the competition, and one that won't hurt Apple in the slightest - iPad owners are practically throwing money at Apple in return for apps.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Screen

The resolution is low enough, though, that text on websites looks pretty pixelated at times, making it harder to read than we'd like - our eyes have been spoiled by too many super-sharp displays on all the great smartphones now available.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
After all, the iPad/2 has a big screen to play with and having just a huge expanse of icons greeting you on the home page does feel like a less than optimal use of this space.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Pedants might like to know that the width and height are down from 243mm and 190mm to 240mm and 186mm respectively, as a result of a slight reduction of the amount of aluminium at the edges of the iPad 2, but these differences are much less noticeable - the black bezel and display are still the same size.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Camera

Even if Apple had gone the route of using a Carl Zeiss lens and a 10-megapixel sensor, the iPad 2 just isn't a replacement for a camera or smartphone.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
The iPad's rear-facing camera won't replace your point-and-shoot, but the image quality isn't bad.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
We also like the magnetic sensor that turns the screen on and off automatically as you put the case on and take it off.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Network technology

Aside from a negligible added heft of 0.1 pound and the fact that buyers are paying an extra $130 for the 3G capability (compared with Wi-Fi-only models), there's no downside to owning a 3G-compatible model.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
The freedom to surf the Web over a 3G cellular connection costs an extra $130 for any of the three models mentioned above, plus monthly carrier fees.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Data plans and fees differ between the two carriers (and are always subject to change), and the 3G cellular technology under the hood differs as well.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)

Operating system

It lacked not just a front-facing camera for FaceTime, but any camera at all, couldn't handle multitasking and for all that its display offered a great portal to the Internet and a plethora of apps, the Apple iPad was actually a somewhat unwieldy device to sit in bed or on the sofa with.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
You couldn't bounce between applications with multitasking.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Unlike the Tab, in their own ways the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom offer a genuine alternative to the Apple iPad; they have well-designed and well-made chassis, slick operating systems, and are fairly price-competitive.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 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. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 0.92 MP

ports

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

form factor

Weight 589 g
Size 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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