Browser Comparison Between Original iPad and iPad 2

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    MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TiPb offers this nice comparison video showing the improvements in the iPad 2 web browser over the original iPad. The original iPad came with only 256MB of RAM as compared to 512MB found in the iPhone 4. This relative lack of ram was considered one of the reasons why the original iPad's browser would have to completely reload pages when moving from one page to another.

    As shown in the video, the new iPad 2 is able to cache these additional pages so you can jump back and forth without delay. The new iPad 2 also seems to scroll/redraw each page faster than the original iPads as well. Note that the video's narrator speculates that the iPad 2 may have 512MB or 1GB of ram, but based on software testing, we know the iPad has 512MB of ram, same as the iPhone 4.

    Besides additional RAM, the iPad 2 also has an improved dual-core A5 processor as compared to the original iPad's single-core A4.

    Article Link: Browser Comparison Between Original iPad and iPad 2
  2. markm49uk macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    Kingston Upon Hull, UK
    Much improved

    That looks very impressive - much better Safari performance.

    Hurry up 25th........
  3. Jakeblu macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2008
    No checkerboard effect

    That does look impressive. Not concerned about the reloading tabs as I use atomic and I haven't seen that happen but no checkerboard effect is a great improvement :D
  4. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madison, WI
    Tip-B? I thought it was pronounced Titanium PowerBook.
  5. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Also notable in this video is the difference in the white level. It's fairly shocking, the iPad 2 looks vastly better.
  6. carmenodie macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    I'm sure the lack of was done on purpose. Look, these tablets are not even upgradable except if you look at a possible SD card slots. But other than that, nada. So if you want to keep selling them things iteration after iteration you have to go slow.
  7. iLoveiTunes macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Haha... the guy made a statement in the beginning and was taken by surprise when iPad1 did cache the pages..... :D
  8. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    Why does the screen on the 2 look shorter than the 1 in this?
  9. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    Yeah, he was thinking "damn, I was hoping the iPad 1 is much worse".
  10. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    I know right!! I kept thinking 'Hey I swear the iPad 2's screen looks a tiny bit shorter..'!!
  11. docprego macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    Just watched it again and it does appear shorter!
  12. moseleyite macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2008
    Birmingham UK
    It's dark so we can't see how the iPads are positioned. I imagine (I don't have one of each for comparison :D ) that the differing backs of the two devices and the relative thickness of the iPad 1 makes its screen look a tiny bit closer than the iPad 2 and therefore slightly larger in a sort of optical illusion.

    Edited for clarity.

    If the iPad 1 were tilted towards us in comparison to the iPad 2 this would also have the effect of making its screen look larger.
  13. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    What's more interesting here is the quality of the screen. Could anyone do some more comparisons? Black levels, etc?
  14. hooldus macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
  15. InteriorDEV, Mar 12, 2011
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    InteriorDEV macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    4.2.1 on iPad 1, 4.3 on iPad 2
  16. aapl16, Mar 12, 2011
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    aapl16 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2011
  17. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I am glad that the refresh problem is apparently solved. It was one of the reasons I sold my iPad. Now I will be getting an iPad 2 as soon as it becomes available here in Germany.
  18. kavlo26 macrumors member


    Dec 11, 2007
    Is the iPad 1 jailbroken? The menubar seems to be showing ram available and another icon next to the rotation lock?
  19. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    I can do that with my macbook air 11 and it plays flash videos too :rolleyes:
  20. hooldus macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Than the comparison is not fair in my opinion. The javascript rendering speed was improved in iOS 4.3.

    In the youtube comments some people state that he might have his iPad 1 jailbroken, in that case it is double unfair.
  21. Nobita macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    I feel like I get less checkerboard in 4.3 iPad 1. Maybe it's just me.
  22. caf9128 macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
    512 MB of RAM is still pretty chintzy. Come on Apple, spend the extra few bucks wholesale to give us a product that won't be outdated in 6 months!
  23. Bevz macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
  24. wizard macrumors 68040

    May 29, 2003
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    You have a point, but iPad 2's extra RAM should go a very long way to improving apps and user experience. Not to mention it ought to save people some $$$ as Safari cuts back on page reloads.

    Personally I think it was a mistake to release iPad 1 with less RAM than the iPhone 4. This release however puts the iPad 2 on a new footing giving developers vastly more resources to build upon. We will likely start seeing iPad 2 only apps real soon.
  25. Charlie Sheen macrumors 6502

    Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011

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