Technical specifications of Apple’s new iPad compared with the iPad 2

By Enrique Serrano

With a wonderful screen, tactile interface and compact size, the iPad has become the star of the productivity gadgets as well as a favorite with attorneys and judges. When loaded with legal apps, the iPad can serve as a replacement for your legal pad and allow you to access and edit documents on the go.

With the recent release of the new iPad, Lawyer Tech Review takes a look at how it stacks up to the iPad 2. In this easy-to-understand infographic, we compare the new iPad and the iPad 2 to help you decide whether to buy the new gadget.

New iPad vs iPad 2 comparison infographic

New iPad vs. iPad 2

  • Although the latest iPad is often referred to as the iPad 3 or iPad HD, Apple’s official name for the device is just the "new iPad."
  • The new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. However, it’s just 0.03 inches (0.6 mm) thicker and 0.11 pounds (51 g) heavier.
  • The most important improvement is the Retina screen of the new iPad. While the screen size is the same, the resolution of the new iPad is double that of the iPad 2 on each dimension. The new iPad has four times the pixels of the iPad 2, providing, sharper, crisper images. In fact, the 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution of the new iPad is higher than the resolution of an HD TV – and it fits in the palm of your hand.
  • The new iPad won’t enhance the image quality of low-resolution pictures or apps and when high resolution apps start to flood the market, they won’t function at their best in an iPad 2.
  • The CPU of the new iPad is an improved Apple A5X processor which comes with a quad-core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU.) This gives the new iPad higher graphic performance, enabling it to use image-intensive apps, and potentially opening the doors to a new generation of iPad gaming.
  • The back camera has been improved. The camera of the iPad 2 was a 720 p HD back camera with around 1 MP resolution. But the new iPad comes with a 1080p HD camera with 5 Megapixel resolution, autofocus and face recognition.
  • The new iPad is the only model with versions enabled to work with 4G LTE mobile networks. However, if you live outside the United States, you should check with your carrier. The new iPad might not be compatible with the mobile frequencies assigned in your country, as it fails to support European LTE frequencies.
  • Siri was one of the favorite additions to the iPhone 4S but Siri isn’t available on the new iPad. Nevertheless, voice-to-text dictation capabilities have been added. And there are free alternatives to Siri available, like Dragon Go!.
  • Although Apple states that the battery life of both models is around 10 hours while browsing, some users are reporting that the new iPad has a shorter battery life (see CNET’s review) and that it is slower to recharge.
  • The new iPad is available in 16, 32 and 64 GB models. Apple now only offers the iPad 2 in 16 GB models.
  • The price of the new iPad starts at $499, the old selling price for the iPad 2. The iPad 2 is now available starting at $399.

If you are going to use your iPad intensively with video, high-resolution apps, games or high-quality image presentations, then the new iPad will be your best choice. On the other hand, if you want to use existing apps, you will be fine with the not-so-high resolution of the old iPad 2, which is more affordable than ever thanks to this new $100 discount.