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)
VS
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

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 2
7.8
iPad 1
7.4
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 2
n.d.
iPad 1
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 2
7.0
iPad 1
6.9
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 2
9.1
iPad 1
8.9
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and trustedreviews.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 2
8.0
iPad 1
7.8

Winner
Apple iPad 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 2  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 2 vs 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad 2
261
iPad 1
457

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 2
1,506
iPad 1
728

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

Reasons to consider the
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

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 1

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Much better overall performance 457 vs 261 More than 75% better geekbench score
Much newer operating system iOS 4 vs iOS 7 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 2  vs

8.3
8.5
The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

8.0
7.0
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

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

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

network

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

processor

Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

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

storage

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

ports

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
Apple iPad 2
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