Apple iPad 4  vs

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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.4 Out of 10
Armed with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, we have to admit, the iPad 4 produces some pleasant photos that are worth saving for the memories.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 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
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 4 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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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Apple iPad 4 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its performance, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 4 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

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850 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much better overall performance 1,768 vs 457 More than 3.8x better geekbench score
Much faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 3,484 ms 4.1x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Significantly more storage capacity 64 GB vs 32 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Has a webcam 1.2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 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 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
Longer battery life 11 hour vs 9.5 hour More than 15% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Significantly thinner 9.4 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 30% thinner
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Newer Nov, 2012 vs May, 2010 Release date over 2 years later
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly lighter 652 g vs 730 g More than 10% lighter
Smaller 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm Around 35% smaller
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Much newer operating system iOS 4 vs iOS 6 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 4  vs

You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 4  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 263 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1 GHz


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


iPad 4  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 0.25 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP None
Rear camera 5 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 652 g 730 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 13.5 mm
Battery life 11 hour 9.5 hour
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