Apple iPad 2 Gaming Test

Apple iPad 2 Gaming Test
Already deemed as a venerable gaming machine in its own the regard, the iPad 2 will undoubtedly kick things up a notch, as it should, thanks to upgraded internals found under the hood. If 3D gaming is more your kind of thing, then the 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor is an inviting evolutionary step forward that should bring along some graphically rich titles down the road once developers begin to take advantage of it. In the meantime though, we decided to check out the kind of graphics prowess that the iPad 2 has to offer – and more importantly, how it compares to its brethren.

Since there are no games out there yet that are developed specifically to run on Apple’s blazing A5 dual-core processor, we just decided to go at it with Epic Citadel that utilizes the Unreal Engine 3. Sure it isn’t necessarily an actual game, but it does a great job in providing us a surreal environment that produces some fantastic 3D looking visuals. As we started moving around, it’s quickly evident that the game doesn’t skip a beat as we fluidly traverse through the rich looking environment. From shadows to textures, everything looks rather sharp as it manages to submerse us with some fluid movements. Impressively, it’s even able to keep a steady frame rate when things like smoke effects come into play.

Of course, we just had to pit it against the original iPad to compare and contrast their performance. And surprisingly enough, the iPad 2’s dual-core A5 processor shines ever so brightly. In fact, we experienced just a little choppy movements when smoke effects came into view with the iPad – which didn’t phase the iPad 2 one bit. Although this is just only a snippet of what the iPad 2 can truly produce, it’s going to only get better from here on since developers will no doubt create visually stunning games that are catered to run with the A5 processor.

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iPad 2
  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 0.7 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 6944 mAh



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Why didn't you just use the full infinity blade game instead of the citadel demo? Epic and chair just released an update that allows the game to take advantage of the iPad 2's A5 SoC. Woulda made for a much better demo.

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And while you were at it, why didn't you ever do anything like this for the XOOM?

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Because no one cares about the Zoom. PA is trying to get hits. You don't get that talking about Android.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

People who care about a quality product care about the Xoom. People who don't want to pay for Chinese slave labor and a device which already fails in comparison to its contemporaries care about the Xoom. People who don't want to be dragged into Jobs's iron fist care about the Xoom. Get the picture, Taco?

17. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

clearly you dont get the picture sniggly. people dont want to pay for chinese slave labor? ok then, good bye xoom. dont want a device that fails in comparison to its contemporaries? good bye xoom. how about not paying for a device that fails, period? good bye xoom. your xoom is a turd just like everything else created by the sheep company motorola. the same company that has been trying to cash in on apples success for years now. you say people dont want to be dragged into steve job's iron fist, yet motorola has been shoving it up their own ass for years now. get the picture? or does it need to be written in crayon?

20. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i think you're getting Apple and Moto mixed up there. xD

3. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

PA, your news feed is absolutely RIDDLED with iPad 2. it's actually really sick, you guys are acting like children, nothing but Apple products get this much attention and it's total BS.

15. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Im gonna open a website called just so i can expand and instigate further nerd rage...seriously I picture most you offended, with the most red face behind those bottle cap lenses while reading all this ipad stuff :) If I cared about you not having a heartattack, I would simply advise not clicking on the link.

16. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well it's too bad you don't care coz your advise to me would have been much appreciated. also i didn't even read the article, i'm SICK of reading about the iPad 2 and i only wanted to make my point.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ha! Did I not call it?! See my earlier post in the iPad 2 Benchmark Comparison.... PA is going to milk the absolute last bit that they can out of their iPad 2 purchase. What is next - a discussion about the 3G connectivity?

5. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Great, now they're gonna do it.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I chuckled when I saw this article because I had seen you call it. Good work. :)

6. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Finally, some tests that really reflect the stupidity of apple products. A five hundred dollar toy for grown men to play games on. Pathetic losers. Get a life...

11. android_hitman unregistered

well put :)

10. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it'd be pretty funny actually if they're just trying to piss people off for sh!t$ and giggles with all these iPad posts. xD

12. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

That's why this will be a 3rd rate phone site. Hell, even places like and are much better.

13. Van Allen unregistered

I think Apple's paying phonearena to feature their iPad 2 everyday.XD

14. lukasound unregistered

this wasn't even written by phonearena, it's clearly not their style... they just copied and pasted this from what apple sent them to post. you should all be smart enough to notice sponsored articles... if you are not, well, you will be buying the iPad 2 anyway. i know, it's sad... but phonearena, it would be fair of you to note "sponsored article" where it applies.

18. IOS5 unregistered

And who gives a..... About Android with java apps shit?!

19. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Oh look...Moving picture frames :D

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