Though they looks the same – see the photo – there are big differences between the iPad 2 and the new iPad. The differences are noticeable when you use them side by side.
The new iPad’s screen has far better resolution – more pixels: 2048 x 1536, yielding over 3.1M pixels and sharper photos, video and text.
While the screens have the same length and width, the new iPad is thicker and weighs slightly more than iPad 2 — noticeable when you hold one in each hand.
Better cameras: The rear-facing camera in the new iPad is a 5 megapixel version. Note that competitors, and even iPhone 4S, use 8 megapixel cameras; still, this is a significant improvement over iPad 2’s camera. The new iPad tools for photo editing are nice touch; most of the edit functionality is now available on the old iPad 2.
The new iPad we demoed came with 4G LTE communications capability from Verizon, meaning it transmits data far faster than iPad 2. This is the first Apple device with 4G capability. For our demo, we had a wifi-only iPad 2 so didn’t do a hands-on 3G versus 4G comparison; previously we observed a side-by-side comparison of downloads on 4G LTE and 3G HSPA network conducted by Apple as part of the launch of the new iPad. In the demo, the 4G iPad downloaded 3 photos before the 3G iPad 2 downloaded one photo. That demo also compared video downloads — an entire short video played on the 4G-connected device before the 3G iPad downloaded it.
Network: Note that only two telecommunications carriers offer iPad — Verizon and AT&T. Verizon has more network coverage and we continue to be impressed by Verizon’s 4G speed available here in greater Cleveland.
Faster microchip brain: The new iPad is significantly faster than iPad 2 and uses a quad-core chip A5X to get there — this makes the new iPad better for watching movies and TV and also makes huge differences in gaming aps.
Price: Apple has maintained consistent pricing on its most current iPad since releasing the first iPad two years ago — consistent from model to model once models change, and generally consistent across all the stores and websites selling iPad.
Availability: The new iPad is widely available at Verizon stores, Apple retail stores, AT&T stores, Best Buy, Walmart and Target.
For more about the new iPad, check this article.
This article compares the iPad’s iOS operating system to its main competitor, Android.
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