Apple iPad 2  vs

Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
8 Out of 10
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.
by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.8 Out of 10
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.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 2 vs 1


Processing power and speed

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Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 2 vs 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

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passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

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sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 2
1,808 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 2

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Much faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 3,484 ms Around 50% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Has a webcam 0.3 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 0.92 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Lighter 589 g vs 730 g Around 20% lighter
Smaller 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm Around 40% smaller
Newer Mar, 2011 vs May, 2010 Release date 9 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 1

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Much better overall performance 457 vs 261 More than 75% better geekbench score

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 2  vs

The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

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.
iPad 2


8.2 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 2  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 131 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz


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


iPad 2  vs
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 0.3 MP None
Rear camera 0.92 MP None


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

form factor

Weight 589 g 730 g
Size 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 10 hour 9.5 hour
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