iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad 2: specs comparison
As you can imagine, starting November 1, there will be a lot of users wondering which one to pick up, and so what better way to find out than to take a close look at the exact differences between the two? Of course, keep in mind that specs aren't all, and there are some things that cannot be seen or felt on paper, but still, a good old specs comparison remains one of the most informative ways of finding out which device would be best for you. Isn't that right?
Apple iPad Air vs Apple iPad 4 vs Apple iPad 2
|OS||iOS (7.x)||iOS (6.1, 6)||iOS (7.x, 6.1, 6, 5.1, 5, 4.x)|
|Dimensions||9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)||9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm)||9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm)|
|Weight||16.86 oz (478 g)|
the average is 17.2 oz (490 g)
|23.35 oz (662 g)|
the average is 17.2 oz (490 g)
| 21.62 oz (613 g)|
the average is 17.2 oz (490 g)
|Physical size||9.7 inches||9.7 inches||9.7 inches|
|Resolution||2048 x 1536 pixels||2048 x 1536 pixels||1024 x 768 pixels|
Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.
|264 ppi||264 ppi||132 ppi|
Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Camera||5 megapixels||5 megapixels||0.7 megapixels|
Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)|
|Features||Digital image stabilization||Digital image stabilization||Video calling|
|Front-facing camera||1.2 megapixels||1.2 megapixels||0.3 megapixels VGA|
|Video capture||1280x720 (720p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD)||640x480 (VGA) (30 fps)|
System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.
|Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture||Apple A6X||Apple A5|
Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.
|Dual core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone||Dual core, 1400 MHz, Apple Swift||Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9|
|Graphics processor||PowerVR G6430||PowerVR SGX 554||PowerVR SGX543MP2|
System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.
|1024 MB RAM / LPDDR3||1024 MB RAM||512 MB RAM / DDR2|
|Built-in storage||16 GB||16 GB||64 GB|
|Capacity||8820 mAh||6944 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Polymer||Li - Polymer|
|Not user replaceable||Yes||Yes||Yes|
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.
|800, 1900 MHz|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz||700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz|
|Data||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B||LTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS||HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE|
|MSRP price||$ 629||$ 629|
1. DaHarder (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
iPad 'Air' = Thinner/lighter/New SoC, yet still runs the same apps and has the same functionality/features.
iPad 2 = Same device many have owned and liked for some 3 years now, though this time it won't likely see another major OS update due to its limited SoC/RAM.
iPad Mini 2 = Better display, updated SoC, same design, functionality and features with a serious price hike.
iPad Mini = Same device with (perplexingly) a mere US 30.00 price drop.
... and There You Have It!
2. Commentator (Posts: 1866; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I'm more concerned as to why the iPad 2 hasn't dropped in price. Who in their right mind will buy it for $399.99?
6. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Like they could tell the difference, its all the SAME
4. taz89 (Posts: 1765; Member since: 03 May 2011)
ipad 2 is just a rip off, its that simple, everything else is fine but the ipad 2 at 399 which is nearly 3 year old hardware with no future proofing spec is just ridiculous
5. Arsen (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
I still got my iPad 2 which i bought in 2011 and still using it. No problems atm because i didnt update it to iOS 7. IOS7 is lagging like hell. Btw im no fanboy my phone is htc one
7. papss (Posts: 2166; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I feel you there.. i updated my iPad 4 and regret it.. it's for sure less smooth.
9. greyhulk (Posts: 73; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
Same story on my iPad 3, which is inferior to your iPad 4 hardware-wise. Yet the iPhone 5s runs iOS7 like butter which makes me think that the OS is optimized for the new 64 bit A7.
I have noticed that with the latest software update (7.0.3) it is a LITTLE smoother, though.