FOLLOWING OUR new Ipad review, we've now pitted it against the Ipad 2 to see whether it's worth splashing out for an upgrade only a year after the previous model was launched.
In our review of the Ipad 2, we gave it a nine beers rating, with our only complaints centring around the lack of ports such as USB and sub-standard cameras. While Apple hasn't budged on the first issue, keeping the connectors the same with headphone and charger sockets, where Apple has made a real difference is with the Ipad camera.
Apple has included a 5MP Isight camera in the new Ipad, with a grid feature for lining up shots and auto-focus and face detection, plus the ability to tap the screen to focus. Apple said the new Ipad has an ƒ/2.4 aperture and five-element lens to produce a sharper overall image, while the hybrid infrared filter offers more accurate, uniform colours.
The image on the left was taken with the new Ipad camera. On the right, the photo was taken with the Ipad 2.
Apple doesn't list the megapixel rating or many other specs for the Ipad 2 camera, but it's clearly lower quality than the new one. When you zoom into a photo taken with the new Ipad, the level of detail and colour vibrancy becomes apparent, and you can make use of the in-built editing tools, such as red-eye removal and auto-enhance to improve shots.
Photos taken with the Ipad 2 are less vibrant and grainy, and our test shots blurred when we fully zoomed in. On the new Ipad, we could zoom in with no noticeable impact on the clarity and level of detail.