Thread: iPad iPad1 or iPad2?
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Old 08-26-2011, 01:05 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by AlexBell View Post
Thanks to you both.

How much faster would you say the iPad2 is than the iPad1?

So far as I know now whichever one I buy will be used mostly for ebooks, and perhaps games. Movies are definitely not a high priority, and internet access is probably a low priority. From what I saw this morning Maps could be useful for occasional use.
I think if you haven't used both, you won't be disappointed with the speed of the iPad 1-it really is a nice device.

But I can definitely tell the difference in speed between the two on many tasks-in terms of screen responsiveness, graphics, and just overall usage. The iPad 2 also has twice the memory as the iPad 1, which is noticeable when browsing with multiple tabs in Safari-but if you aren't seeing internet access as a priority, that probably won't matter to you.

Games however-the iPad 2 has not just a better processor (dual-core A5 vs. single-core A4), but also a much more capable graphics GPU for games:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4216/a...p2-benchmarked

But again, those are for graphic intensive games-I doubt Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, for example, are any different on both platforms.

And like MGMueller, I always go with 3G as well-not just for GPS (which is nice to have), but just because I take my iPad along with me everywhere, and love having instant access without having to bother with tethering or finding a wi-fi spot.
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