Apple iPad Air  vs

Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
8.1 Out of 10
Naturally, it comes equipped with aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0 as well.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)
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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Air vs 2

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad Air
7.9
iPad 2
7.8
Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

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

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
7.0
iPad 2
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
9.3
iPad 2
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com and trustedreviews.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad Air
8.1
iPad 2
8.0

Winner
Apple iPad Air 

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

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad Air
6.0
iPad 2
10.0

Apple iPad 2 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 2  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Air vs 2

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPad Air
261
iPad 2
261

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad Air
2,117
iPad 2
1,506

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad Air
1,808 ms
iPad 2
1,808 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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Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
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
Newer Nov, 2013 vs Mar, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 30% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.5 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Front view of Apple iPad 2

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 2

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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
8.3
The new spec uses a dual-core A5 processor that promises to be twice as fast with nine times the graphics performance.
iPad Air

8.0
8.0
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 Air

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.2 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 Dual 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 Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad Air  vs
Internal storage 16 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 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 0.92 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0 None
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 589 g
Size 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm 241.3 x 185.7 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour
Apple iPad Air
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