Apple iPad 3  vs

Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.1 Out of 10
Whether it's a simple round of Scrabble or an intense romp through Grand Theft Auto 3, the iPad's combination of Retina Display and quad-core graphics processor add up to a dramatic improvement for gaming.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)
VS
Released March, 2011

Apple iPad 2

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad 2
7.6 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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 3 vs 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 3
7.1
iPad 2
7.2
Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 3
9.3
iPad 2
7.2
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 3
7.0
iPad 2
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 3
9.2
iPad 2
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 3
8.1
iPad 2
7.6

Winner
Apple iPad 3 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 3  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 3 vs 2

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 3
958
iPad 2
1,486

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 3
1,817 ms
iPad 2
1,808 ms

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 3
6.8 fps
iPad 2
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 3
27.5 fps
iPad 2
14.8 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 3

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 3

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Much faster graphics 6.8 fps vs 3.4 fps 2x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 5 MP vs 0.92 MP Around 5.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Mar, 2012 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over a year later
Front view of Apple iPad 2

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Apple iPad 2

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Slightly lighter 589 g vs 662 g More than 10% lighter
Thinner 8.6 mm vs 9.4 mm Around 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 3  vs

8.4
8.3
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.
iPad 3

8.0
8.0
The new tablet was unveiled alongside a new iPad 4, a new Mac mini and a stunning new 13in MacBook pro Retina display, and will be arriving well in time for Christmas and Thanksgiving thanks to an iPad mini release date of 2 November.
iPad 3

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad 3  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 263 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad 3  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 0.3 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 0.92 MP

ports

USB support None None
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 662 g 589 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
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