Detailed Ipad Comparison

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Antivirus, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Antivirus macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2011
    I was wondering if anyone who has upgraded from an Ipad 1 to an Ipad 2 could provide a detailed comparison review or video on if the 2 is really a significant leap and worth it.

    Now I realize there are tons of Ipad 2 reviews out there but in my opinion they mostly sound like Ipad 2 advertisements rather than objective views in a comparison of the two models.

    Most reviews seem to mention the increase in speed but is it really that noticeable?? Are we talking 1-2 second difference or 5-10?? Is the speed increase only in running certain apps or browsing the web??

    Has anyone with a Ipad 2 experienced significant upgrade in running of apps whether speed wise or smoothness or is it largely the same compared to the 1.

    Also I have read that the Ipad 2 is lighter then the 1. According to specs the Ipad 2 is 1.3 lbs compared to the original which is 1.5.

    I was wondering is this difference really that noticeable. Are we talking a difference in weight like a 12 oz Coke can vs 20 oz Coke Bottle or is it like something else. Does it really feel that much lighter??

    I was just wondering from people who have owned both if they could give an in depth analysis on if the differences are really worth it for the 2 or if the 1 is basically the same thing.

    Also I disregarded the camera since I would most likely use it very seldom.
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Speed difference doesn't seem that significant, but then, I don't play any graphics-intensive games. Opening up larger documents does seem a bit faster, but then again, not like mind-blowingly faster.

    Safari -- tabbed pages don't reload as frequently. Scrolling fast on a long or complex page still causes checkerboarding.

    Thin & lighter -- not like "oh my god, the iPad 1 feels so much heavier now," but for me, this is the most significant improvement. I tend to read on the iPad for hours at a time, so any reduction in weight is a godsend.

    I'd say for a majority of people it's not a "must have" upgrade, unless you want to do video chat. We will probably eventually see apps coming out that runs too slow on the first gen, but they aren't here yet, so...
  3. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    Go to and watch iPad Today from a couple of weeks ago. They give you some good side by side shots of the speed differences.
  4. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    Speed wasn't noticeable for web surfing. I think iOS 4.3 made more difference to speed than the A5 chip. And again I'm speaking on web browsing only. But the entire user experience just feels more smooth on the iPad 2. I enabled the multi-gestures and switching apps was very fluent and hardly any lag. Even the multitasking bar popped up faster. If I can quantify it, I would say that it has saved me 1-2 minutes a day for an average usage of 2-3 hours.

    To me that's worth it. And I'm sure couple months down the line developers will make games that take full advantage of the A5 and graphics processors. Then you'll really want the iPad 2.
  5. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    Cheshire, UK
    So far for me a moderate-to-significant gain in speed, matched by a moderate-significant decrease in battery life. More graphically oriented apps do show considerable speed improvements to date in my experience.

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