iPad 2 vs. The New iPad

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iPad 2 vs. The New iPad

The Apple iPad range includes the four generations of the original iPad and the iPad mini. Choosing between iPads can be a confusing process. Having an understanding of the differences between the iPads, including technical specifications and usability, can help make an informed decision before purchase. This guide aims to compare the iPad 2 with the newest iPad – the iPad 4th Generation – in an easy-to-read, organised way to help buyers make a decision.

Processor and Graphics

These specifications directly impact the speed, fluidity, graphics picture quality and memory space of the iPad:


iPad 2

iPad (4th Gen)

System Chip

Apple A5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 at 1GHz

Apple A6X dual-core Apple Swift at 1.4GHz

Operating System

iOS 6

iOS 6


Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 543MP2 dual-core

Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 554MP4 quad-core

System Memory

512MB DDR2 RAM built into Apple A5 package


Built-In Storage

16GB; 32GB; 64GB

16GB; 32GB; 64GB; 128GB


Battery power can directly impact the user experience as tablets with better battery power being more portable, making it ideal for taking it on trips and for commutes. Whilst the iPad 2 has a 25WHr battery, the iPad 4th Gen has a 42.5WHr battery. Both iPads use a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery which, according to Apple, will retain its power on stand-by for 30 days. It should also give up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a mobile data network. Both batteries can be charged using the provided power adapter or by connecting the USB cable to a computer system. Whilst the iPad 2 uses a 30-pin charger, the iPad 4th Gen uses a lightning charger.

Wireless and Mobile Data

For surfing the web, iMessage, FaceTime and online games, both iPads offer Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth. There are two versions available for each iPad, with the iPad 2, offering a Wi-Fi only model and a Wi-Fi and 3G model whilst the iPad 4th Gen offers a Wi-Fi only model and a Wi-Fi and Cellular Data model. The table below compares the options available:


iPad 2

iPad (4th Gen)





2.1 with EDR technology



3G cellular HSDPA/UMTS/HSUPA and 2G cellular GSM/EDGE




3G transitional LTE


The connectivity options offered by both iPads are largely the same. Both have a 3.5mm stereo headphone mini-jack; built-in speaker; a microphone; Micro-SIM card tray (for the Wi-Fi + 3G/Cellular model); TV-Out; Computer sync and OTA sync. While the iPad 2 has a 30-pin dock connector port, the iPad 4 th Gen has a lightning connector port.


The following table are the design specifications of the iPads including dimension and weight comparisons:


iPad 2

iPad (4th Gen)

Available Colours

Black; White

Black; White


Height: 9.50" (24.1cm)

Width: 7.31" (18.5cm)

Depth: 0.34" (0.8cm)

Height: 9.50" (24.1cm)

Width: 7.31" (18.5cm)

Depth: 0.37" (0.94cm)


601g (1.33lbs)

652g (1.44lbs)


(3G/Cellular Model)

613g (1.35lbs)

662 g (1.46lbs)


The following table compares the display/screen of the iPads:


iPad 2

iPad (4th Gen)

Physical Size (Diagonal)




1024 x 768

2048 x 1536

Pixel Density

132 pixels per inch (ppi)

264 pixels per inch (ppi)


LED-backlit glossy widescreen



Multi-touch with IPS technology

Multi-touch with IPS technology


Supports multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Retina Display; fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating


The following bullet points demonstrate the camera quality and features of both iPads:

iPad 2:

· Front and back cameras: 0.7MP back camera has video recording, HD 720p with audio and still camera with 5x digital zoom; 0.3MP front camera has video recording, VGA with audio and VGA-quality still camera.

· Tap-to-control exposure for video or stills.

· Photo and video geo-tagging over Wi-Fi.

iPad (4th Gen):

· Front and back cameras: 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on front with 720p HD video, face detection, backside illumination and FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or mobile network. 5MP iSight camera on back with autofocus, face detection, backside illumination, five-element lens, hybrid IR filter and tap to focus video or still images.

· Tap to control exposure for video or still images.

· Photo and video geo-tagging over Wi-Fi.

· 1080p video recording with video stabilisation technology and tap to focus while recording.

How to Buy the iPad 2 and the new iPad on eBay

Buying either the iPad 2 or the new iPad on eBay can be easy with these simple steps:

· Either type in ‘iPad 2' or ‘iPad 4th Gen' into the search bar at the top of the screen and narrow down search results as required, or search by category.

· Go to the left-most panel on the home screen or the ‘Shop by category' link next to the eBay logo. ChooseElectronics, then Computers & Tablets andiPads, Tablets & e-Readers. Listings may also appear under the iPad & Tablet Accessories sub-category.

· Once the sub-category has been narrowed down, either type in the iPad model in the search bar, or use the sub-categories on the left hand side to target the search according to criteria such as: ‘Format', ‘Storage Capacity', ‘Internet Connectivity', ‘Operating System', ‘Condition' and ‘Price'.

· Before buying, closely read the seller's product description, shipping conditions and prioritise those with a good reputation who tend to be more reliable.

· It may also be possible to find Apple products in eBay's recommended deals section. Simply click the link on the top of the screen and go to Electronics, Computers then Tablets to browse the deals.


Whilst the iPad 4th Generation is higher performing, with a Retina display and the new A6X chip, the classic iPad 2 still gives a solid performance and includes enough features and graphics support for it to be a viable choice for a buyer interested in buying an iPad. Whether choosing from the classic iPad 2 or the newest iPad 4th Generation, making an informed buying decision on eBay can be simple and fuss-free.

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