The iPad was one of the most revolutionary devices to have come out of Apple. Designed as a larger scaled version of the iPod Touch, the iPad was the first tablet that really kicked up the tablet market, taking it up in a flurry and becoming the unprecedented king of sales. Upon its release, it was heralded by many as the most innovative invention to have come out of Apple since the iPhone, and since its release, the iPad has seen its popularity increase as newer versions have entered the market. The iPad line now has three distinct models, namely the iPad, the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. All of these devices have been critically acclaimed and have received generally favorable reviews, which is why we have decided to compare the three. Here’s our brief comparison and review:
The iPad was the trendsetter during its release. It came with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, and had a crisp 9.7 inch LED backlit TFT screen that ran at a resolution of 768x 1024 pixels. The tablet had a Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance and had multi touch input. There is an accelerometer sensor inside too. It comes with 256 MB of RAM, and the standard Apple interface. The iPad was introduced running on the iOS 4 operating system.
The iPad 2 was introduced amidst much fanfare given the success of its predecessor. There were two models available, namely the WiFi one and the 3G + WiFi one. The screen size remained the same at 9.7 inches, but the resolution was increase to 1024×768, with each inch packing 132 pixels. It ran the dual Core A5 processing chip from Apple. The back camera featured HD recording at 720p with a 5x digital zoom. The front camera was a VGA. This iPad could provide a maximum of 10 hours of video playback. It included an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor and a gyroscope.
The latest and the most advanced version of the iPad runs the A-5x dual core processing chip, and is available in two models with three variants (16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB). The screen has been completely overhauled, and features a full Retina display at 9.7 inches, with a resolution of 2048×1536. There’s a 5 MP iSight camera and a front FaceTime camera for video calling. It is also the fastest and the most technologically advanced iPad available yet.