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Apple iPad 2 vs iPad: what's new

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Apple iPad 2 vs iPad: what's new

The iPad 2 is finally here in its full glory! But is it nearly as good as it looks like? We quickly summed up the main novelties that the new iPad offers and compared them to the main features of the original one. It all starts from the design – Apple outshines itself with an even thinner tablet. Actually, the new iPad is even thinner than the iPhone 4 and while you might not want to cut cake with it, you certainly could. One of the few rumors that Cupertino didn't fulfil was the higher resolution expected by some. But in all honesty, we're pretty happy with the tablet's current pixel density.


A peek under the hood reveals amazing dual-core works in the face of an all-new A5 chipset with the processor clocked at 1GHz. It promises to deliver a lot more than the A4 chip on the first iPad with 9 times the graphical oomph. We only wish we knew the exact amount of RAM memory on the iPad 2 and the megapixel count of the rear facing camera (cough, Apple). We'll take Cupertino's word for the productivity boost, though, at least until we get the iPad 2 for a detailed review. The wait shouldn't take long – the tablet will hit shelves on March 11, but in the meantime take a look at our breakdown of the specs of the iPad 2 on the left and the original iPad on the right!


The iPad 2 (on the left) brings a dual-core chipset and is noticeably thinner than the original iPad (on the right)

The iPad 2 (on the left) brings a dual-core chipset and is noticeably thinner than the original iPad (on the right)" 


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posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:44 5

1. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Yea, exactly...what kind of RAM?? And mp of cameras?? Why were those not mentioned?? Not very hard to improve the first stripped down version, right??

Go to JFK airport and you will find all the ipads there, waiting to take your order as you wait in the terminal to catch your plane. It looks like ipad heaven :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:41 1

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


If they specified the RAM and the camera megapixels, would you buy it? Probably not. So why ask? Oh yes, because you're just hating :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:15 2

37. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


Apple never announces ram or mp... just wait till isuppli gets one

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 23:35 1

46. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


yea you're only spending 600 bucks- why should you need to know the specs?

posted on 06 Mar 2011, 18:13

57. sgogeta4 (Posts: 390; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Because that's how Apple rolls. Most consumers have no idea what they're getting or why and they don't really care. Besides MP and RAM type are useless information. A camera with higher MP doesn't mean it's a better camera, if you want know quality, they should put what lens type they use. And memory is never the bottleneck of a system, so it's not really significant.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:50 2

2. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)


The HDMI adapter works on the iPad and other iOS devices as well.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:14 1

36. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


WTF WUD U EVER USE HDMI ON A PHONE ANYWAYS...

posted on 06 Mar 2011, 18:13

58. sgogeta4 (Posts: 390; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


1. Using all caps is annoying and stupid.
2. Just because you don't use it doesn't mean it's useless.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:54 6

3. p0rkguy (Posts: 677; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


The most news breaking thing about the iPad 2 is that it offers options now.
BLACK OR WHITE!

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:43 2

8. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


If that's the only worthy feature that you saw with the ipad2, I suggest you stay away from tech sites :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:54 5

4. bob (unregistered)


Yawn..... Failed

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:44 5

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


It didn't fail to catch your attention :) Now that says more that what you actually post :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:47 4

27. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


And apple falls even further behind. Seems like I've heard this story before. Over and over in fact lol.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:09 2

32. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


love how u criticize with no reasons... and ya they r just so far behind huh with >90 of the market...

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 22:32

45. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


90%?? 08 to 09 maybe. Thankfully, people are finally realizing that making your smartphone decision based simply on what your friend has, isn't the best way to go at it.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 20:52 2

40. vollick11 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Jan 2011)


I have android phone i love it. I wouldnt trade it for an iphone because i like what i can do with it. Yes, they do the same things. But you cannot say apple is a bad company. Honestly you just sound like idiot. Look a Verizon's sales now. Everything they release is normally a great product.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:58 2

5. Brad (unregistered)


Hey...where is the KEY PAD for making phone calls? Oh...wait...this is not a phone? Cuz last time i checked...the name of this site is "PHONE ARENA"!!! HUH. leave the iPad where it belongs....in the computer sites.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:02 2

12. agentoj (Posts: 94; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


I agree, keep phonearena for phones only. Tablets are cool, but unless it can make phone calls then it shouldn't be on a phone website. Oh, and stop voting people down just because they tell the truth.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 01:12 2

49. sam_tek (Posts: 62; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)


Dude I might agree with your assessment that tablets are not "technically" phones, but really, give it a break. it's getting old!

I like to read tablet news just as much as phone news, and I don't want to go to ANOTHER website to read just the tab news!

now, will you rest already!

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 17:25 2

22. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


Well seeing as how it's being sold by a phone company and uses a phone company data plan, it should be allowed to be mention on a phone website. I would like to know about all the offerings from Verizon.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:49 2

28. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


ATT sells TV service too. Lets just make the site ET or TMZ just because a phone company is involed. Idiot.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:00 4

6. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


And now the commencing of the "everyone kicking their own a$$ for not waiting to get the ipad 3" can begin. Followed shortly by "everyone punching themselves in the face for not waiting to get the ipad 4". What a vicious cycle of eventual self-loathing apple has created.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:47 5

10. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And how often android tablets will get released this year again? Much more than the ipad.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:10 8

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Another iFail that will sell to a million idiots who already bought the first one. Cuz ya know, its worth another 600 out of pocket to add on a VGA camera and another core. lol. Well, at least apple is sticking to their mantra of "over priced devices recieving minor upgrades every year so idiots will keep buying them".


no thanks. if i ever need a tablet, ill get an android. ya know, the tablets with real options, not just a one size fits none mentality.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:15 5

14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Ahhh, another bitter android fan :) It hurts getting crushed huh? Lol.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:32 5

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I know you hate hatters but the spam is kinda annoying

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:56 5

19. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


OMGAWD thank you!!! -__- douche bags like 530gemini make me sick D; :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 17:09 4

21. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


You're just as bad as remixfa. Why do people have such loyalty to stupid pieces of hardware.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 00:00

47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Haha it must suck being an android fan boy. Always wanting sooo badly for android to win out and yet it never happens. Android always finishes second and the fan boys desperately try to explain why it's better. A vicious cycle lol.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 10:38

53. jacko (unregistered)


crushed lol far from it look at the specs and u can do so much more i owned and iphone sold it after 2mths after i realised what a p.o.s it was then gone to blackberry and android and never looked back ifanboys can ijunk i be sitting back laughing at them

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 17:29 1

23. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


That doesn't sound like a bad idea to me. Sounds like as a company their bottom line stays out the red and their doors stay open. Knock Jobs and Apple all you want, but they're making money and that's what it's all about now a days.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:51 3

29. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


For now, till he's dead and all the foreign talent bails, which is already happening. Then end of a brief blip in history for an otherwise total failure company.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:13

35. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


oh ya way overpriced... so ur telling me the zoom is just perfectly priced at 800. cause who wudnt want to pay more for less? irony with tmobile... and gees, why does everyone have to bash everything apple creates... just cause they always dominate doesnt mean U HAVE TO LIKE IT...

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 08:25 1

50. gg (unregistered)


I got an Ipad for my birthday this summer and loved it. I sold it 2 days ago for 15% less than what it cost.
Whatever you may think of the Apple products, they hold their value. I will buy the Ipad2 next week
(downgrade to 32 gig from 64) for less than what it cost for the ipad1. So No one that already has an Ipad needs to spend another $600 for the Ipad 2.

And when I Pad3 comes next year I'll do the same.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:50 1

17. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Seriously? You're talkin one controlling iOS manufacturer versus an open dev platform with 15-20. If you came at me with maybe one or two tablet manufacturers, it wouldv'e lent your argument some credibility. I might have even accepted two in comparison to one.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:10

33. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


agreed... look at android phones, every week a new one thats better gets announced

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 22:28 1

44. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Sarcasm aside, you really can't compare Apple's business model to Android with respect to product launches. Android is available to too many manufacturers to make that comparison. You can't tell me that Apple hadn't thought a forward facing camera could be useful hardware in the original iPad. Or a dual core processor. Rather, they know people will spend the money every time a new product launch rolls around. The iPad 3, which will probably launch in October, will most likely see a digital forward facing camera as opposed to VGA. But wait, aren't smartphones already out with 1.3MP forward facing camera's? So why can't Apple give their devoted consumers real upgrades so that the $500-$600 they are about to spend all over again doesn't feel like such a waste. Lets not forget the iPhone 2G's lack of MMS. A feature that every other basic handset was capable of at the time. Even a phone without a camera could at the very least receive an MMS. Or the launch of the 3G, the same. Conveniently, an OS update not available as promised by Apple, until several weeks after the launch of the 3GS. Just saying, Apples deliberate withholding of hardware and/or software annually doesn't really come across as consumer friendly. As for Android, typically, anything new device-wise usually does have a true, industry first hardware upgrade that is A)noteworthy and B)of actual value.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:00 2

11. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


Same thing goes for any technology, especially mobile devices, since they evolve so fast

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:41 5

16. cc (unregistered)


Gemini... just what about this "crushes" android tablets? Other than having a lowercase i in front of the name I can't think of much this can do that I couldn't do with a XOOM... yes this is a good device and while I will probably buy the Xoom I will most likely get his for my gf. Its people like you running around saying everything apple is the best that make people like me hate apple products.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:05 1

30. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


.... the only thing crushing will be sales. The Xoom is a Superior Device, but let's face it, this iPad 2 will outsell any other tablet based on fan base and the reputation... kinda sad.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:56 2

18. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Such subtle differences don't substantiate new hype.

Hit me up when you make an advancement with WOW FACTOR. Otherwise, your yearly releases are a waste of my reading time.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:07

31. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Apple doesn't do "WOW" with upgraded products... it is their business model. Hence the reason they make so much money (their customers are always wanting more and more, so Apple gives it to them in increments)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 16:57 1

20. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


:0 thats so right -__- apple is slow with improvments :) but u got to admit it still kicks ass :D(mainly because its simple -__- i love you android but ur too much to control)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:17

24. Shh ;) (unregistered)


I like the new ipad but i think it's not good enough to upgrade for another $499
But, It's a nice upgrade for people who don't already have an ipad.
I just don't think i would use video capture or take pictures.
But overallit's very nice upgrade. (:

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:18 2

25. B (unregistered)


Not really ipad 2 more like ipad 1.3 or maybe 1.5 at most. Guess nobody could have expected more from apple as it is a company which loves to apply minimal upgrades to its models each year and called it a entire new model

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 08:44

51. gg (unregistered)


Come on! a minor upgrade?!
Duel core, new GPU, 2 cameras, Very thin new format, new operating system, HDMI, Gyroscope, white option, Native Verizon option etc etc.. Sure you don't see Flash or removable storage and you will never see them on the IPAD. But what you get is tons of optimized apps. The Android tables have very few and the only tablet out is the $800 Xzoom. This is a major upgrade and well worth to trade in the IPAD1 for.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:30

26. KIANO (Posts: 67; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


Best of iPad 2 is its thickness 8.8mm. Incredibly thin and lightweight.
And also its Smart Cover case is impressive and it seems very useful.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:10 2

34. XoomXoom (unregistered)


Prefer Xoom than this one. Can't stand all its limited and close-shits

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:30 2

38. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


It has upgraded internals but is thinner than ever. Yep, Jobs looked pretty bad...

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 21:27 1

41. Sniggly (Posts: 6495; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Just as I thought. *shrug*

*goes to look for all the comments claiming that the iPad 2 was going to be SO MUCH BETTER than the XOOM*

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 00:37

48. Sniggly (Posts: 6495; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lawl at the n00b who went through and downthumbed all the Pro "Apple does not manufacture technological doppelgangers of Jesus" comments.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 21:43 1

43. thephoneguy (unregistered)


Not gonna sell good, the ipad just got to verizon had prices are ridiculous who is going to go and buy the new one without at least selling the old one to somebody that doesn't know that theres a new one coming out. Apple needs to stop doing this to its brainwashed consumers, end apple hype will live forever it seems, but droids froyo and now honeycomb are killing the game this motorola xoom tablet is not a joke good work android and motorola, spoke if nice but droud are where its at believe it our not. Son people will get understand.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 08:52

52. dr.dante (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


ipad for kids or use that instead of your umbrella...**htc flyer rules**,SCRIBE TECHNOLOGY,POCKET FIT,VIEOCALL,HDMI, 3G,WIFI, MEDIA,ENTERTEINMANT.1,5 GH ect ect

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 14:55 1

54. luxzy801 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


I just had one question:
Why would you want to spend $600 for the iPad2 or $800 for a xoom, both with shit specs when you can go to Fujitsu.com, get a tablet with a 10" screen, Core 2 Duo ULV, 3GB of Memory, much more advanced graphics and a minimum of a 320GB Hard Drive, on top of that a 1280x800 resolution for about $899. Can someone explain this to me because apparently I am not understanding the hype over outdated technology!!!!!!!!

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 23:52

55. p0rkguy (Posts: 677; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Because Apple started this whole new revolutionary over sized phone and is able to sell it to those that aren't actually capable of fully using a computer.
Honestly, how many people do you know actually fully utilizes the use of a computer/laptop?
At least 90% of people that own a computer use it to socialize. Only about 15% of people use their computers for productivity. It's about 70-80% for gaming.
Now take that and use it. Throw out the unnecessary aspects of a computer, maximize the socializing and gaming aspects, stuff that into a portable format and make the product even a simpleton can understand.

posted on 07 Mar 2011, 21:22

59. luxzy801 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


Are you telling me that the Apple iPad will run Need for Speed or even Warcraft? Come on bro!!!
80% of people still use computers (Laptops and Desktops) and about 85% of corporations use regular tablet PC's made by HP, Fujitsu and Lenovo such as business, medical and insurance companies along with apple and microsoft themselves.
Its complete stupidity in my opinion; like I said to begin with, I would rather but a $900 Fujitsu and have a 7 hour battery life with a C2D ULV and play NFS on it all day in the airport than sit on facebook for three hours because that is all these tablets can do. Also, there is way more stuff available for regular tablets that these oversized phones.

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 15:38 1

56. agentoj (Posts: 94; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


Idiotic moderating from phonearena

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