New iPad vs. iPad 2 – Retina Screen Comparison

This video comparison between the iPad 2’s screen and the New iPad’s Retina Display is best viewed in HD.

Resolutionary it is!

The new iPad is a little bit thicker. It also has a warm color tone compared to the iPad 2 which has a cool bluish tone. And as you look closer, you’ll see that the pixels are very visible on the iPad 2 unlike on the new iPad in which you’ll barely see the pixels.

The New iPad 2012 Review

Surely enough, Pinoy Apple fans are itching to get the new iPad- and I’m one of them! Haha! In fact, I already sold my iPad 2 to fund my new iPad. But I think we have yet to wait until April or May to see the new iPad in the local stores in the Philippines.

I found out that Manila Bulletin already has the new iPad unit and it’s available at TechLab for the public to see and experience. To my excitement, I quickly sent a tweet to Art Samaniego, Technews Editor of MB, and asked him if I can visit TechLab to try the new iPad. And so it happened.

So, what do I think about the new iPad?

1. Retina Display

At first glance, you’ll hardly notice which one is the new iPad. As a matter of fact, people often get confused when the iPad 2 and the new iPad are placed side to side; and when asked which one is the new iPad, they end up (mostly) pointing out to the iPad 2. Why is that? It’s simple: The new iPad’s retina display has a warm color tone as opposed to the cool bluish tone of the iPad 2’s display. And that’s what people notice first. Bluish tone looks new and bright as opposed to the yellowish warm color that looks old- well that’s how the human mind interprets these color tones.

But…

..as you look closer and start browsing, that’s where you’ll notice the BIG difference. I’m sure you’ll get stunned at how beautiful and resolutionary the retina display is- the colors are very vivid and clear. You will hardly see the pixels unless you look at it very close which is very unlikely because the normal eye-to-screen distance when we use an iPad or other tablets or read books is about 14 inches (or 35 cm). Just look at the close up photos of the iPad 2 and the new iPad and the debate is over! πŸ˜€ By the way, I used my iPhone 4S to take these photos.

New iPad vs. iPad 2 Retina Screen Comparison

iPad 2 Screen

New iPad vs. iPad 2 Retina Screen Comparison

New iPad Retina Display

New iPad vs. iPad 2 Retina Screen Comparison

2. Camera

Unlike the iPad 2’s less than a megapixel resolution, the new iPad has a 5MP iSight camera optics similar to that of the iPhone 4. Video recording is also improved to 1080p HD at 30 frames per second with image stabilization (IS). I tested the camera of both the iPad 2 and the new iPad and took still shots inside the MB TechLab. See photos below.

iPad 2 vs new iPad Camera Shot

Sample shots using the iPad 2's rear camera

iPad 2 vs new iPad Camera Shot

Sample shots using the new iPad's rear camera

The camera is obviously much better compared to the iPad 2 but if you have an iPhone 4/4S, the camera improvement is not a big deal, really. πŸ˜€

3. It’s thicker and heavier, but it’s negligible

The iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick, while the new iPad has a thickness of 9.4mm. In short, you won’t even notice it!! Regarding the weight, it’s about 49-51 grams heaver than it’s predecessor- you get to actually feel the increase in weight but for a 9-inch tablet, that tiny bit of additional weight is forgivable. Because of the extra pixels and faster processor, Apple bulked up the new iPad’s battery- a larger and heavier battery so you still get to enjoy an amazing 9-10 hours of battery life.

Thickness Comparison: iPad 2 vs. New iPad

The new iPad on the left and iPad 2 on the right

Wrapping up

There is no doubt that the new iPad is a better and improved iPad 2. It is perfect for viewing and editing photos, watching movies and videos and for reading digital books and magazines. Yes, the new iPad is great but that doesn’t mean the iPad 2 is not great anymore. If you already have the iPad 2 and you are thinking of upgrading to the new iPad, I really recommend you think twice. Do you really care about the Retina Display and the 5MP iSight camera? Are you not satisfied with the iPad 2’s processing speed and you feel the need for a faster one? If you care less about these improvements, then stick with your good old iPad 2.

And to those of you iPad 1 owners or those who have not owned any single iPad, if you don’t care much about the Retina Display, now is the time to get an iPad 2- it will become insanely cheaper when the new iPad arrives in the Philippines! I sold mine for 17,000! πŸ˜€

Pinoy Appler Jaypee David at Manila Bulletin Techlab

Me taking a photo of the new iPad side to side with the iPad 2 at Manila Bulletin's TechLab

DIY iPad Smart Cover: Pimp It!

In case you don’t know yet, iPads are equipped with magnetic sensors located on the upper right side of the bezel. It is used to trigger the sleep/wake function of the device so each time you apply a magnetic field on that portion, your iPad sleeps or wakes. Cool huh?

See this video demo to better visualize the technology behind Smart Covers
(recorded using my iPhone 4S)

This feature is specially made to cater to Apple’s Smart Cover accessories which you have to buy separately. These accessories don’t come cheap and you’d rather buy a typical folio case or cover that are affordable and look even better and stylish than the Smart Covers.

I bought a Speck FitFolio case the moment I bought my iPad 2. And I loved it so much because it is thin and lightweight as if it’s barely there.

And knowing the technology behind their so-called Smart Covers, I decided to pimp my case and add that Smart Cover touch to it.

What you need

1. Magnetic Strip – You can use any form of magnet but I prefer a magnetic sheet because it is thin and it can easily be cut. You can get one of these at National Book Store for P38.50

2. Strong Adhesive – I used a leather glue (contact cement a.k.a. rugby) but be cautious in using this because it might melt certain plastics. Just a small amount will do.

3. Scissors to cut the magnetic strips.

DIY New iPad 2 Smart Cover

Magnetic Sheet

DIY New iPad 2 Smart Cover 1

Doing it is very easy. First you need to cut a small magnetic strip, just the right size to fit to your iPad 2’s border (probably 1″ x 1/2″)

Once your magnetic strip is ready, you first need to find out where the exact location of the magnet sensor of your iPad is. By looking at the first video I posted, it is located somewhere on the upper right side of the border. Mark it down and mirror that location on the inside part of your iPad cover.

Put adhesive glue, just the right amount enough stick the magnetic strip into place.

And voila! A SMART COVER!!

Just make sure the iPad Cover Lock/Unlock option (Settings >;; General) is turned on for you to use this feature. If it’s not appearing yet, you need to trigger it with a magnet so the option will show. Simply place the magnet on top of the magnetic sensor.

iPad Cover Lock/Unlock option (Settings  General)

Here’s a video of my pimped Speck FitFolio Case turned into a Smart Cover by using cheap magnet strips: