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Apple iPad 1 and 2 Overview

Apple iPad 1 and 2 Overview - we go over the main features and differences between the iPad 1 and iPad 2 and how they can benefit you as a photographers tool. Article by Alex Bacon and Shannon Bryan.

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Apple iPad 2
Basic need to know information about the iPad 1 and 2:


  • 10 hour battery life
  • 140 hours audio playback
  • 1 month standby
  • Dual core graphics 9x faster on iPad 2

Ipad 2:

  • Back camera: 720p video, 960x720 stills camera, 30 frames per second when filming
  • Front camera: VGA quality, still camera

Physical Structure:

Ipad 2:

  • Has a wide 178° viewing angle
  • 33% thinner than the original iPad
  • Rear and front facing cameras.
  • 9.7 in (25 cm) screen


  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Wi-fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)

GSM model includes:

  • CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 Mhz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850,900,1800,1900 Mhz)

Display: iPad 2

  • Fingerprint resistant (oleophobic coating)
  • Advanced backside illumination sensor, lets you capture low light.
  • Flip, landscape or portrait.
  • Can choose between black or white

Is it worth the upgrade?

Apple released the first generation iPad on 03 April 2010 and within 80 days sold 3 million iPads world-wide.

But what makes this interesting concept so popular? The iPad was engineered so people can browse the internet when they please, like a laptop, download apps, view videos and have fun. It measures 189.7 x 242.8 x 13.4mm, weighs 680g and has a LED backlit display surrounded by a glossy bezel. The bezel prevents the touch screen from being inadvertently activated when handled. The iPad 2 however, is roughly the same height and width, but slightly thinner, 33% to be exact.

iPad 2 White

The first generation has a lithium-ion polymer battery allowing ten hours of usage. Its memory consists of a 256 megabyte DDR ram built into a Apple A4 (a processor chip). Furthermore, it also includes some environmental sensors such as; accelerometer, ambient light sensor and magnetometer. The iPad 2 has all these and a gyroscope. The environmental sensors figure out the environment and adjusts the iPad 2's settings to fit the locations.

The iPad, although unable to take photos, is actually quite useful, the applications make it more versatile as you can download apps which can cater to your everyday needs. As well as being great to play with. The iPad has basically the same functions as an iPad 2 but the second edition has been given motion control so games are much more realistic.

Unfortunately, no matter how fun this invention may sound it has its flaws. For example: you can't multi-task (you can only look at one application at a time), it doesn't have a camera, unlike the iPad 2, which is essential for every photographer. It also doesn't support flash, which limits usage on the web, especially on video streaming websites, as it can't be supported.

The iPad 2 has been created with 2 cameras back and front, so it's better than the original model for photography. Even though there is no camera on the first generation, there is still a lot of apps available, for viewing, editing and rating other people's photographs. We wouldn't recommend that you replace your laptop or computer with an iPad, as it hasn't got a USB port. You can buy an adapter but this is costly and because of this, you can't upload any photos onto your iPad and this puts a major spanner in the works! Its functions are very different from a computer or laptop and has no memory card slot. Both the iPad 1 and 2 are great ideas, but how much benefit you get from it depends on how you plan to use it.

iPad 2 Smart Covers

Overall, the iPad 2 does have the advantage of speed, lightness and is smooth to the touch, so more comfortable to hold during use. The camera is also an obvious plus and the gaming graphics have said to be much more vivid and detailed. Apart from this, the iPad 2 is basically the same as the original. But photography wise, the iPad 2 would, of course, be more appropriate with the addition of the cameras. The rear camera is better than the front camera however, the camera does not have any form of light or flash, so good lighting is important. If you're looking for a speedier experience with a less 'labouring' weight then the iPad 2 is for you.

Other ways to use the iPad1/2 Featured on ePHOTOzine:


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Apple Apple iPad 1 Specifications

LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor9.7in
Screen resolution1024 x 768
Movie modeNo
Video Resolution
    Video FPSNo Data
    Other Features
    GPS enabledNo
    Power Source
    Battery TypeBuilt-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsiPad, Dock Connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power Adapter, Documentation

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    Apple Apple iPad 2 Specifications

    LCD Monitor
    LCD Monitor9.7in
    Screen resolution1024 x 768
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1280x720 HD 720p
    Video FPS30
    Other Features
    GPS enabledYes
    Power Source
    Battery TypeBuilt-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsiPad, Dock Connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power Adapter, Documentation

    View Full Product Details


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    lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
    21 Jul 2011 10:31AM
    The iPad camera kit is 25 which may in your eyes qualify as costly but I doubt it would for anyone who is spending upwards of 400 on an iPad.

    Last week I bought a lens. I took my camera to the shop and plugged it in to the iPad which imports the pictures off the camera and displays them on the iPad's screen. Before leaving the shop, I know I have a good lens.

    The ability to display pictures in high quality at almost the size of a 10x7 print straight from the camera is highly valuable to any serious photographer.

    My iPad2 is the only Apple device I have, since I am not generally a great fan of Apple products but for a photographer, this is an invaluable tool. Not only that, my wife uses hers as an internet radio, I play backgammon on it with my daughter, the uses just go on and on. I've just been watching the Parliamentary hearings on TV on it in my garden, for example.

    Funnily enough, the inbuilt cameras don't interest me one jot!
    To Lemmy,

    Been looking for someone who's actually done this!

    Do you mind telling me what camera you used, whether it's JPEG or RAW files you can transfer/load onto the iPad2 and is it a quick, straightforward and viable method of proofing/viewing your images, even just one at a time?

    I need a system whereby I can take a photograph and show it to the client straight away on a decent size screen without the bulk and weight of a laptop!

    Thanks in advance.
    lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
    21 Jul 2011 9:16PM
    Yes, it'll do what you want and very well. If you are not in a great hurry, I've made a little video of how it works and I'll let you know here when I've posted it on YouTube. Over the weekend probably.

    But do PM me if you want.
    lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
    22 Jul 2011 4:10PM
    Here's a video of the iPad in action

    Pete Plus
    19 18.8k 97 England
    22 Jul 2011 4:58PM
    Thanks for the video Lemmy
    I have made it active within the comment box which is a new feature now...just click the youtube button in future and paste the link into that for it to appear Smile
    lemmy 13 2.9k United Kingdom
    23 Jul 2011 12:33PM
    This interweb, what will they think of next Grin
    Many thanks for sharing that video with us Lemmy. Seems that the iPad2 works as a review monitor just fine! Smile

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