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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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 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
Front view of Apple iPad 1

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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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