Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

iPad2 vs. the original iPad: what’s changed?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The iPad 2 embraces the vision, innovation and forward thinking of the company’s late founder and CEO, Steve Jobs. The first iPad introduced the world to the future of the computer and how it will operate. With the iPad2 already on our shelves that future we have all been eagerly anticipating for is indeed already here.

Just under one year ago, Apple shocked the computing world with a 9.7-inch touch-screen tablet that few truly expected. Some called the original Apple iPad a large-format iPhone. Now at only just 0.34 inch thin and weighing as little as 1.33 kilograms with over 55 000 applications at your finger tips, the iPad 2 has rendered all its critics speechless.
The iPad 2 feels completely comfortable in your hands sporting an extra slim design. In fact, the designers say the iPad 2 is an extension of you, the user.

What is the difference between the new ipad2 and the original iPad

If you purchased an iPad, should you be regretting it today? Short answer- yes. Long answer- let’s look at the specs on both tablets. Without paying too much attention, it may appear that these devices look basically the same but there are a number additions to the iPad 2.

First of all, there are a bunch of things that essentially haven’t changed at all between iPad and iPad 2:

  • The display is exactly the same as before, as is the resolution: 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution.
  • The storage options, 16, 32, and 64GB have not changed
  • Wifi will still be 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth will still be 2.1 + EDR
  • Accelerometer stays the same at 3-axis

So what’s really improved?

  • You’ll be able to get your iPad 2 in black, but you’ll also have the option of a white bezel
  • iPad 2’s processor has been improved from a 1GHz Apple A4 to a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5
  • The original iPad was either 680g or 730g; the iPad 2 is 613g
  • iPad 2 offers a gyroscope where the original iPad did not include one
  • The thickness of the entire unit has been reduced by 33% from 13.4mm to 8.8mm
  • iPad 2 offers not one but two new cameras. The front camera being a VGA webcam and the back being capable of recording videos (this is a significant step up from having no camera at all)
  • iPad 2 also comes with cellular radio

Overall, the iPad2 is a better tablet and the design is an absolute stunner. There have been no drastic complaints from users of the original iPad, however the iPad 2 offers the advancements that we have come to expect from the Apple brand.

BlackBerry PlayBook vs Apple iPad

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

BlackBerry PlayBookIn the already crowded market of tablet PC’s, BlackBerry has decided to unleash its own version of this rapidly growing nice-to-have item. Yesterday at Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Developer Conference, the CEO Mike Lazaridis announced that the company will soon be releasing its own tablet PC called the PlayBook. Soon after the announcement, BlackBerry PlayBook become the number one trending topic on Twitter and sparked off thousands of “I want’s” across the globe. The number one reason for this is due to the tablet being able to multi-task, unlike Apple’s iPad.

Let’s take a look at some direct comparisons between the two tablets:

iPad PlayBook
Weight 0.73kg (Wi-Fi + 3G Model) 0.40kg
Display 9.7 inch 7.6 inch
Resolution 1024×768 1024×600
Processor 1GHz Apple A4 custom-design 1GHz dual-core processor (1GB RAM)
Capacity 16GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive 16GB
Battery Life 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network Unkown
Wi-Fi / 3G Yes / Yes Yes / Yes via Smartphone
GPS Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model) No
Camera No – optional connection kit available Two – front and rear (5MP and 3MP)
Adobe Flash Enabled No Yes

As you will notice, there are some major differences between the two with both having their pro’s and con’s. What disappointed me with the BlackBerry PlayBook is the fact that it currently does not support GPS and thereby will not support location-based services.

The release date of this exciting new device is set to be the first half of 2011 in the States and most probably only late 2011 for the eager South African market.

Another exciting possibility is that devices such as these could be the first devices to start making use of augmented reality. Time will only tell.