Apple iPad Air  vs

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.7 Out of 10
Despite being more than a year old, on the hardware front the iPad 2 plays host to an impressive, albeit far from ground-breaking array of specs for its newly attributed mid-range price point with a strong dual-core CPU and dual camera combination keeping the Galaxy Tab rival in line or ahead of a majority of its similarly priced Android based rivals.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2011)
VS
Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.3 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 Air vs 1

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad Air
6.8
iPad 1
6.1
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
7.0
iPad 1
6.9
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
9.3
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 Air
7.7
iPad 1
7.3

Winner
Apple iPad Air 

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

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Air vs 1

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad Air
261
iPad 1
457

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad Air
2,131
iPad 1
727

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad Air
1,808 ms
iPad 1
3,484 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Apple iPad Air

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Air

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Much faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 3,484 ms Around 50% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 2,131 vs 727 Around 3x better passmark score
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
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 35% thinner
Newer Nov, 2013 vs May, 2010 Release date over 3 years later
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Lighter 610 g vs 730 g More than 15% lighter
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Smaller 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm vs 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm Around 40% smaller
Front view of Apple iPad 1

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 1

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Much newer operating system iOS 4 vs iOS 7 Newer iOS; Get all the latest features and apps with a more recent version
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Air  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
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.
iPad Air

8.5
8.0
It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
7.9 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad Air  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
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Single core
Clock speed 1.3 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 Air  vs
Internal storage 16 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

ports

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

form factor

Weight 610 g 730 g
Size 241 x 186 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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