iPad vs. iPad 2: We compare Apple's two tablets

Is the Apple iPad 2 that much better than the original iPad?

Apple's iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but just how much is different?

Apple's iPad 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but just how much is different?

Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 tablet has finally been unveiled, but is it that much better than its predecessor?

Read our comprehensive iPad review and our detailed iPad 2 preview.

The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It is powered by an Apple designed dual-core processor called the A5. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner (8.8mm) than the original, weighs 613g, and will come in both black and white models.

Apple claims the A5 processor doubles the speed of the iPad 2 compared to the original and makes graphics processing up to nine times faster. The screen resolution hasn't changed, and the iPad 2 doesn't get the Thunderbolt connector that was unveiled on the new MacBook Pro range.

Check out our full specification differences between the original iPad and the iPad 2 below:

Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2: Specifications

Feature iPad iPad 2
Display technology Capacitive IPS Capacitive IPS
Display resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Display size 9.7in 9.7in
Processor Apple A4 (1GHz) Apple A5 (1GHz dual-core)
RAM 256MB 512MB (unconfirmed)
Internal memory 16GB/32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB/64GB
Rear camera None Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
Front camera None Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
3G networks (3G + Wi-Fi models) HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP 2.1 with A2DP
Battery life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Accelerometer 3-axis 3-axis
Gyroscope None 3-axis
GPS Yes Yes
Expandable memory No No
Width 13.4mm 8.8mm
Weight 680g (Wi-Fi), 730g (Wi-Fi + 3G) 601g (Wi-Fi), 613g (Wi-Fi + 3G)
HDMI-out Yes, 720p (with optional Digital AV Adapter) Yes, 1080p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)
Adobe Flash support No No

The Apple iPad 2 will be available in Australia on March 25. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the iPad 2 is expected to cost the same as the original iPad.

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