iPad 2 vs iPad 3 – Specs and Price Comparison

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In 2012, the dream of every iPad fans became reality. Back then, the iPad3 was launched and it came with a better resolution, with a greater pixel density and a better camera. The price was spicy enough, but when a fan really wants something, he’s ready to spend a lot of money. In this article we’ll make a comparison between iPad 3 and its previous version, to help you decide whether these devices are worth the money.

Displays and designs

Both tablets were equipped with a 9.7 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive smart screen, but the iPad 2 had a 768 x 1024 pixels resolution, while the new version was more improved, having a 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

The iPad2 is weighting 607 grams, while the iPad 3 weights 45 more grams, because its dimensions are a littler higher – 241.2×185.7×9.4 mm, whereas the iPad2 comes with these dimensions: 241.2×185.7×8.8 mm.

Hardware and operating systems

At that time, Apple has equipped its tablets with the latest 1 GHz dual core cortex A9 processor, only that the iPad 2 had an Apple A5 chipset, while the iPad 3 came with an Apple A5X chipset. Both devices had three options of internal memories: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, but doesn’t come with the possibility of expanding them.

At first, iPad 2 ran on the iOS 4 o.s, but it was upgraded to the iOS 6 and later, to the iOS 7. The tablet had only 512 MB of RAM. On the other hand, the iPad 3 was running on the iOS 5 o.s., and it was also upgraded to the operating systems mentioned above. This tablet came with 1 GB of RAM.


The iPad 2’s primary camera isn’t very advanced, having only 0.7 MP, and a VGA secondary camera. The iPad 3’s primary camera has 5 MP (autofocus), but it also has a VGA secondary camera.


The iPad 2 has a non-removable Li-Po 6930 mAh battery and the iPad 3 has also a non-removable battery, which is a Li-Po 11,560 mAh.


On Amazon.com, the iPad 2 16 GB variant (Wi-Fi included) costs 330 dollars, while the 3G variant costs 350 dollars. As for the iPad 3 3G 64 GB variant, this tablet costs around 500 dollars on the same website.

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