Difference between Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3

Key Difference: iPad 2 is the second generation iPad (tablet) of Apple Inc. Whereas, iPad 3 is the third generation iPad i.e. successor of iPad 2. Both the iPads have the same screen size of 9.7 inches with multi-touch display.

The iPad 2 was launched on March 2, 2011. The iPad 2 is the second generation iPad; a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It creates a platform for audio-visual media including books, news, movies, music, games, presentations and web content. The iPad 2 has a lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts up to 10 hours. It also has a dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.

The device was available initially with three storage sizes, 16, 32 and 64 GB. It has two varying connectivity options, Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and Cellular. However, upon the release of the 3rd generation iPad, only the 16 GB variation with two connectivity options and two front glass panel options is available.

The iPad 3 was released in ten countries on March 16, 2012. The third generation iPad is also a tablet computer, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Three million units were sold in the first three days. It is the third device in the iPad line of tablets. It added a Retina display and the new Apple A5X chip with a quad-core graphics processor. It also has a 5 mega-pixel camera, HD 1080p video recording, voice dictation and 4G (LTE). On September 19, 2012, Siri, intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator, was added to the iPad 3.

It also provides a platform for audio-visual media, including electronic books, periodicals, films, music, computer games, presentations and web content with iOS 5.1. The device is available with three storage options, 16, 32 and 64 GB. The WiFi only version was essentially available everywhere, comparatively the WiFi + Cellular version was not available in some countries. LTE connectivity for the device is not available outside North America.

However, the third generation iPad was discontinued on October 23, 2012, after only 221 days of official availability as the fourth generation iPad was announced.

The information for the detailed table about the two iPads has been taken from the Apple website, phonearena.com and GSMArena.com.

 

iPad 2

iPad 3

Launch Date

March 2011

March 2012

Company

Apple

Apple

Size

9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm)

9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm)

Display

9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

9.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

768 x 1024 pixels, (~132 ppi pixel density)

1536 x 2048 pixels, (~264 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

1.33 pounds (601 g)

3G: 1.35 pounds (613 g)

1.44 pounds (652 g)

Cellular: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 (Wi-Fi + 3G)

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model)

4G Network

N/A

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 2100 - for AT&T

LTE 700 MHz Class 13 - for Verizon

GUI

iUI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9

Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR SGX543MP2

PowerVR SGX543MP4 (quad-core graphics)

OS

iOS 4, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3, planned upgrade to iOS 7.0

iOS 5.1, upgradable to iOS 6.1.3, planned upgrade to iOS 7.0

Chipset

Apple A5

Apple A5X

RAM

512 MB RAM / DDR2

1 GB RAM / LPDDR2

SIM Size

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Micro-SIM for 3G model

Internal Memory

16

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

None

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Compass and Gyroscope

Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Compass and Gyroscope

Connectivity

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)

LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 2100 - for AT&T

LTE 700 MHz Class 13 - for Verizon.

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Data

WiFi, USB

GPRS, EDGE, LTE for Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

WiFi, USB

GPRS, EDGE, LTE for Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

Speed

HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 73 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band

For Wi-Fi + Cellular Model

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

v4.0 with A2DP

USB

v2.0

v2.0

Primary Camera

0.7 MP, 960 x 720 pixels

5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus

Secondary Camera

VGA

VGA, [email protected], videocalling over Wi-Fi only detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi + Cellular

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

None

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection

Sound Enhancement

-

-

Audio supported formats

HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG‑4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 6930 mAh battery (25 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Po 11,560 mAh battery (42.5 Wh)

Talktime

Up to 10 h and Up to 9 h (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model)

Up to 10 h and Up to 9 h (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model)

Standby Time

Up to 720 h

Up to 720 h

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White

Messaging

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML (Safari)

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

with A-GPS support (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model)

with A-GPS support (Wi-Fi + Cellular Model)

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • TV-out
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: apple.com, loraleeslooneytunes.com

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