iPad 2 vs iPad with Retina Display Comparison

With the onset of newer version of iPad (with Retina Display), everyone wants to know what is the difference between iPad 2 and iPad with Retina Display so that they can make an educated decision to upgrade to iPad with Retina Display. To clarify there is lot of references being made of iPad 4, Apple does not label the new iPad as iPad 4. It is actually called iPad with Retina (Display). The below chart will summarize easily and quickly the difference between the two iPads.

iPad 2 vs iPad with Retina Display

iPad 2

Capacity & Price

  • Available in 16GB only
  • Wi-Fi - $ 399
  • Wi-Fi & Cellular - $ 529
  • Dimension & Weight

  • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
  • Weight (Wi-Fi): 1.33 pounds (601 g)
  • Weight (Wi-Fi + 3G): 1.35 pounds (613 g)
  • Display

  • No Retina Display
  • Resolution - 1024-by-768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Chip

  • Dual-Core A5
  • Camera

  • Facetime Camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Back Camera


  • Video Recording

  • 720p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi
  • Back Camera
  • Cellular & Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Wi-Fi + 3G AT&T
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • UMTS/HSPA
  • Wi-Fi + 3G Verizon
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A





  • Connector

  • 30-pin
  • Intelligent Assistant

  • N / A

  • iPad with Retina Display

    Capacity & Price

  • Available in 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB
  • Wi-Fi - $ 499 - $ 799
  • Wi-Fi & Cellular $ 629 - $ 929
  • Dimension & Weight

  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4mm)
  • Weight (Wi-Fi): 1.44 pounds (652 g)
  • Weight (Wi-Fi + Celluar: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

    Display

  • Retina Display
  • Resolution - 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Chip

  • Dual-Core A6X with quad core graphics
  • Camera

  • Facetime HD Camera
  • Wi-Fi or Cellular
  • Face Detection
  • Backside illumination
  • iSight Camera
  • Video Recording

  • 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi
  • Back Camera
  • Cellular & Wireless

  • Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi-Fi + 3G AT&T
    • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
    • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
    • LTE
    • GPS and GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi + 3G Verizon
    • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
    • GSM/EDGE
    • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
    • LTE
    • GPS and GLONASS
  • Connector

  • Lightning
  • Intelligent Assistant

  • Siri
  •