Published on April 12th, 2011 | by Bilal Sulehri4
Comparing Apple Ipads
About a year ago Apple launched iPad, it changed the dynamics of tablets market ousting every available option. It was a real step in the future, amazing the ordinary, fascinating the geeks and pleasing the critics. The 9.7 inches capacitive touch screen added a new dimension to tablets as Apple grabbed lion’s share in the market.
Now a year has passed, standards and expectations are higher as the Apple iPad 2 has just hit the stores and is available for pre-order, many people (including me) were doubting the potential of Apple to come with something exciting enough to stir the interest as it gathered in case of iPad keeping in view the fact that charismatic Steve Jobs is out of the picture for the time being.
The release of next generation iPad 2 has been marked by long queues of fans waiting to get their hands on the device as soon as it’s released & stock being finished in warehouses and shops. The first day sales of iPad 2 are estimated to be between 400,000 to 500,000 devices which is a massive boost for Apple as around 200,000 devices iPads were sold on the first launch.
The iPad2 is priced similarly to the original iPad with better specifications, lesser weight and a thinner device with improved aesthetics. It’s smaller than the previous version and is lighter than iPhone 4. It is 241mm tall, 186mm wide and 8.6mm thick & is pretty easy to grasp due to curved edges. The new iPad has the same resolution as the previous one hence no improvement can be seen in viewing high definition pictures.
Weighing 680 grams, the iPad 2 is 80 grams lighter than its predecessor hence making it easier to carry along. When in hand, its weight seems surprisingly lesser and the silver metal at the back appears to be made of plastic. The original device seemed like a paper-weight due to its design, but this one is designed beautifully, you will appreciate the design more if you have used tablets of different brands.
Apple claims iPad 2 to be twice as fast as the previous version because its powered by dual core 1GHz A5 CPU built by ARM, space available for apps has also been doubled from 256 MB to 512 MB. As a result of the hardware upgrades, movies run visibly smoother in iPad2 but there is no clear difference in many apps like browser. A front camera is another addition which sets the new version apart fro the previous one, but the meager VGA resolution is not reasonable.
Some issues (light leak, yellowing) are being reported but the real worth of Apple iPad 2 will be known as time passes by and different classes of users put the device to different uses.
Here is a little comparison:
Apple iPad 2
|Three-axis Gyro sensor||No|
|512 MB Ram||256 MB Ram|
|0.7 MP, 960 x 720 pixels||No|
|900 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9||1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8|
Apple iPad 1st generation & the Apple ipad 2 both have not been officially launched in Pakistan, but I hope Apple recognizes the potential market in Pakistan and launches the iPad 2 soon with full after sales support.
Image Courtesy: apple.com and gsmarena.com
Bilal Sulehri is a CA-Inter & doing articles from UHY Hassan Naeem & Co, Lahore. He loves playing with and exploring new gadgets. He blogs at Sulehri.com.