Difference between iPad and iPod Touch

Key difference: The iPod Touch was designed to be a portable media player first, in addition to a personal digital assistant, handheld game console, and Wi-Fi mobile device. iPod Touch is essentially a step ahead of the iPod line with integrated multi-touch graphical user interface. The iPad, on the other hand, is a tablet. Its key distinguishing features are the devices bigger multi-touch screen, a virtual keyboard Wi-Fi connectivity, and on some models, 3G cellular connectivity.

The iPad and iPod Touch are two products belonging to the Apple family. The iPod Touch is also commonly but incorrectly called iTouch, as a refernce to iPhone and iPad. The iPad and iPod Touch were both designed as individual stand alone products with different uses.

The iPod Touch was designed to be a portable media player first, in addition to a personal digital assistant, handheld game console, and Wi-Fi mobile device. iPod Touch is essentially a step ahead of the iPod line with integrated multi-touch graphical user interface.

The iPad, on the other hand, is a tablet. Its key distinguishing features are the devices bigger multi-touch screen, a virtual keyboard Wi-Fi connectivity, and on some models, 3G cellular connectivity.

Each device has its advantage over the other. The iPod Touch offers more storage space for music and is more portable, as it is smaller in size. The iPad can shoot video, take photos, play music, send and receive email, and browse  the web, among other things. It can also be used for gaming, GPS navigation, social networking, and as an ebook reader. While, the iPod Touch can also be used for some of these features, the smaller screen makes it difficult. The iPad also has retina display, a thing that the iPod Touch does not.

Furthermore, the iPad offers more connectivity options, as it also supports 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi. The iPod Touch only supports Wi-Fi. Hence, the iPad will have an internet connection on the go, whereas, the iPod Touch will only have an internet connection in the presence of a Wi-Fi hotspot. Another distinguishing factor is also the fact that the iPod Touch is comparative cheaper than the iPad.

A detailed comparison between the iPod Touch, the iPad with Wi-Fi and the iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G:

 

iPod Touch

iPad (Wi-Fi)

iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Model

5th generation

iPad (4th generation)

iPad (4th generation)

Color

Slate, Silver, Pink, Yellow, Blue, Product Red

Black or white

Black or white

OS

iOS 6

iOS 6.0.1

iOS 6.0.1

Display

4 in (100 mm); 16:9 aspect ratio, 1136x640 px at 326 PPI

9.7 inches (250 mm) multitouch display with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating

2,048 × 1,536 pixels at 264 ppi (Retina Display)

9.7 inches (250 mm) multitouch display with LED backlighting and a fingerprint and scratch-resistant coating

2,048 × 1,536 pixels at 264 ppi (Retina Display)

System on chip

Apple A5 (S5L8942)

Apple A6X

Apple A6X

CPU core

ARM Cortex-A9

1.4 GHz dual-core Apple Swift

1.4 GHz dual-core Apple Swift

GPU core

PowerVR SGX543MP2

PowerVR SGX543MP4

PowerVR SGX543MP4

Storage

32 GB or 64 GB

16, 32, or 64 GB

16, 32, or 64 GB

Memory

512 MB

1024 MB DDR2

1024 MB DDR2

Wireless

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0

Maps: Location-based service4

Nike+ support built in5

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Model A1459

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

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

LTE (Bands 4 and 17)

Model A1460

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)

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

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

LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Data only3

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Cameras

Back: 5 MP photos, 1080p video at up to 30 fps

Front: 1.2 MP photos, 720p video at up to 30 fps

Back: 1080p HD still and video camera

5 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom

Front: 1.2 MP still, 720p video

Back: 1080p HD still and video camera

5 MP, 30fps and 5× digital zoom

Front: 1.2 MP still, 720p video

Dimensions

Height: 4.86 inches (123.4 mm)

Width: 2.31 inches (58.6 mm)

Depth: 0.24 inch (6.1 mm)

Weight: 3.10 ounces (88 grams)

Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)

Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)

Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)

Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)

Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)

Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)

Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)

Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

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