With the New iPad out, the iPad 2 recently experienced a price-cut on its models, with the lowest 16GB WiFi iPad 2 available for $399. And therein lies the difference between models: their connectivity. The 1st type of iPad 2 is WiFi only (iPad 2,1), the second is WiFi and GSM (iPad 2,2), while the third is WiFi and CDMA (iPad 2,3). Which brings us to the topic at hand: the fourth-type, known as "iPad 2,4".
So what's the difference in connectivity? Like the 1st iteration, the iPad 2,4 is WiFi only. It's specialty, however, lies in the SoC (System on a Chip); in the iPad's case, it's more commonly known as the A5 chip, or the processor. Previous iPad 2's all had the same 45nm A5 SoC, while our new contender uses a 32nm A5 SoC.
How does this affect you? A 32nm processor is going to be more efficient overall than a 45nm processor. The end result is that owners will get (according to AnandTech) slightly better battery life.
The only downside is that there's no real way to tell outside of the box whether you're getting one of these new models. Once you open up the box, however, you can run a benchmark test or a battery test to see the specs of your iPad. So if you're going to purchase an iPad 2 sometime soon, start hoping you'll get the better end of this bargain.
August 17, 2011 00:16 by Jeremy
Thinking of buying a new tablet sometime soon? Sure, you can read professional reviews online that provide charts, graphs, numbers - the works. But what's a rating of "over 9000" more points really mean to regular ol' folks like us?
If you're going to look online for reviews, take a few tips from pcworld.com and their guide on how they test tablets; you might want to adopt some of their methods. Rather than always providing feedback through numbers given to them by a testing machine (granted, they still do that as well), they offer ideas to compare tablets through raw data. For example, how long does Tablet A take to boot up, in comparison to Tablet B? If the answer is more than a 30 second difference, then what it comes down to next is... are you okay with that?
Tablet A may take longer to boot up, but wow, does it play these videogames so well! Are you into gaming on tablets? Or maybe you prefer Tablet B since, even though it's not as visually stunning, it just performs faster?
These simple ideas and comparisons sometimes get overlooked when you're digging too deep, so how about we take a step back and look at the big picture: what are you looking for in a tablet?
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A recent article on AllThingsD by Katherine Boehret compared the differences between the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. While the prices are the same for each ($499 for the 16GB WiFi model, $599 for the 32GB WiFi model), differences include the camera, the physical size, and the app market.
Most importantly, however, was the difference in battery life. Boehret's testing (which included 75% screen brightness, WiFi-enabled, and a video loop) concluded that the iPad 2 would last just slightly over 10 hours, while the Galaxy Tab ran at a measly 5 hours 38 minutes in comparison.
Sure, the Galaxy Tab may be just a bit thinner (and really, who doesn't like sleek?) and have better camera quality; but is it worth half the battery life? Granted, it's doubtful people will be using the battery constantly like Boehret did in her testing, so I'm sure that the battery lasts longer than 5 hours on average. Nonetheless, it's something to consider when purchasing a tablet.
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January 19, 2011 19:07 by Ty
When will the new iPhone 5 be released by Apple? Sooner than you think with iPhone 5 and iPad 2 designs submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this morning. The new iPhone 5 and iPad 2 patents suggest they will be slimmer, more powerful, battery efficient, power saving, and possible touch screen redesign.
"In many cases, the size of a portable electronic device can be limited by the size of the operational components used therein..." the application reads. "As such, there can be a desire to make these operational components smaller, thinner, more cost effective, and more power efficient, while maintaining or increasing their functionality to perform operations."
“Apple's proposed invention would have conductive nodes placed on a surface opposite a touch panel or display. The two surfaces would be in close proximity, which would allow conductive electrodes and conductive nodes to sense fingertips on the touchable surface.”
Some other additions could be made with the iPhone 5, including antenna adjustment to alleviate the death grip reception problem, possibly ditching the “Home Button” at the bottom of the screen, glass that is non-smudge and crack resistant, more memory (64GB and up), 4G capabilities, and possible Bluetooth 3.0. We also have the possibility of one chip including multi-band GSM, CDMA, and LTE technology to eliminate Apple making two different phones for Verizon and AT&T and just make one compatible for both cell phone networks.