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Successor to the popular iPad 2 and furthering Apple's push towards post-PC computing, the "new iPad" features a Retina display at the same 9.7-inch size as its predecessor but with doubled pixel density. The rear camera shares the optics system of the iPhone 4S for better photo quality. Optional 4G LTE is another addition, with theoretical download speeds of up to 72Mbps.

Description

Thinner, faster, more powerful, and packing dual cameras and a dual-core A5 chip, the iPad 2 is the second generation of Apple's popular tablet. After the announcement of the new iPad, the price of the iPad 2 was dropped down to $399 for a 16GB model.

Whereas the original Galaxy Note was somewhere between a phone and tablet, its enlarged 10.1-inch sibling is clearly in the latter category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features the same S-Pen stylus support and handwriting recognition found in the original Note.

The Kindle Fire has a multitouch-capable 7-inch IPS display, a dual-core processor, and at 14.6 ounces, a pretty lightweight frame. The resolution on that screen is 1024 x 600. The battery is rated to last for eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi switched off).

The Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble features a low-glare ("fully laminated") 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display from LG, 16GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM. Its primary competition is Amazon's Kindle Fire, which costs $50 less.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 11, 2011
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Aug. 16, 2012
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2011
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 17, 2011
  • Price at launch: $249.00
  • Height: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black, Silver / White
  • Speakers: Mono

Hardware

  • Height: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds
  • Color: Silver / White, Silver / Black
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Height: 7.1 inches
  • Width: 10.3 inches
  • Thickness: 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 1.31 pounds
  • Color: Black / Silver, White / Silver
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 4.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.91 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1536 px
  • Resolution (Y): 2048 px
  • PPI: 264
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 768 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 132
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 149
  • Touchscreen type: Dual-digitizer
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 600 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 5.1
  • Media streaming: AirPlay

Software

  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 4.3
  • Media streaming: AirPlay
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: Android 4.0
  • Media streaming: DLNA, AllShare
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Kindle
  • Launch OS version: 2.3.3
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Nook Color
  • Launch OS version: 2.3
  • Notable apps: Hulu Plus, Netflix
  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A5X
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A5
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • Clock speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2

GPU

  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX543MP2
  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM type: DDR2
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 32 GB, 64 GB, 16 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Video framerate: 30

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 0.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Effective pixels: 1.9 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 0.7 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Flash: Single LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: iPod

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: iPod
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Accelerometer
Accelerometer
  • Capacity: 42.5 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 25 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr
  • Capacity: 7000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Capacity: 4400 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 7.5 hr
  • Capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr

Benchmarks

  • The Verge Battery Test: 8 hours 52 minutes
  • Quadrant: 2011
  • SunSpider: 2541.9 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hour 47 minutes
  • Quadrant: 2302
  • SunSpider: 4169.1 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 57 minutes
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