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Apple iPad 2 (3G 16GB) vs Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)

Side by side comparison between Apple iPad 2 vs Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, differences, pros, cons with full specifications. What's the better?

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Compare Apple iPad Air 2 XApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)00Point
Apple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)
9.7"
IPS

768x1024

0.7
MP

0.3mp

512MB
RAM

32bit Dual

6930
mAh

(Non removable)

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25PointsApple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)Compare Apple iPad 2 X
Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
9.7"
IPS

1536x2048

8
MP

1.2mp

2GB
RAM

64bit 3s

7340
mAh

(Non removable)

What's the better tablet? Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)

The phonemore's choice is much more technical than personal. Therefore, you shouldn't only consider this. Our goal is to help you, but what's important to us may not be important to you. You decide which one is the best! Comment!

iPad 2 (3G 16GB)0 Advantage Apple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)vsiPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)25 Advantages Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
1Ghz 32bit Dual-Corevs+1.5Ghz 64bit 3-Cores131%
More powerful processor, you can open your applications faster
512MB LPDDR2vs+2GB LPDDR33 times
More RAM memory. Typically more responsive and better for multitasking.
16GB (12GB available)vs+128GB (117GB available)9 times
More internal storage for applications and files
613 grams (21.46 ounces)vs+444 grams (15.54 ounces)38%
Lighter
8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)vs+6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)44%
Thinner
768x1024 pixelsvs+1536x2048 pixels3 times
Higher resolution screen
132 PPIvs+264 PPI100%
Crisper display of text, images and videos because it has more pixels per inch (ppi)
(back) 0.7MPvs+(back) 8MP11 times
Higher resolution main camera
Not supportedvs+AutofocusAdvantage
Best autofocus type for taking pictures
Not supportedvs+BSI sensorAdvantage
The BSI sensor allows the entry of more light generating photos with more detail and brightness
Not supportedvs+HDR photo/video and HDR photo on front cameraAdvantage
The HDR technology produced photos with more detail in dark areas
(front) 0.3MPvs+(front) 1.2MP3 times
Higher resolution secondary camera to take pictures and selfies
HD (1280x720)vs+Full HD (1920x1080)125%
More image quality for recording videos with the primary camera
(front) VGA (640x480)vs+(front) HD (1280x720)2 times
More image quality for recording videos with the secondary camera
iOS 9.0vs+iPadOS 13Advantage
iPadOS 13 is newer and safer
3G HSUPAvs+4G LTEAdvantage
The 4G LTE network is newer and faster
(3G HSUPA) 14.4 Mbpsvs+(4G LTE) 100 Mbps6 times
Faster for surfing the internet and download files
Not supportedvs+BarometerAdvantage
Sensors help you use the device
Not supportedvs+Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)Advantage
Sensors help you use the device
6930 mAhvs+7340 mAh6%
Battery - higher amperage (mAh) allows more device usage time, but it also depends on the hardware and use
Not supportedvs+Active noise cancellationAdvantage
Noise-canceling microphone allows better call quality
802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)vs+802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)Advantage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz) is newer and faster
Not supportedvs+DLNAAdvantage
With DLNA technology you can access and play media files on TV, tablet or DLNA compatible device.
2.1 + A2DPvs+4.0 + A2DPAdvantage
Bluetooth 4.0 + A2DP is newer and faster
HTML, XHTMLvs+HTML, XHTML, HTML5Advantage
Better sites viewing on the internet

19 Common items in both devices
TFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
16 million
9.7"
Only digital zoom
EIS: Digital stabilization
Capacitive
Multitouch
+12 specs and more in the table below

Check the comparison table below for more items that are not evaluated in comparison score above.

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Physical featuresApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
ModeliPad 2 (3G 16GB)iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Other model namesiPad 2 A1396 (Wi-Fi + 3G)iPad Air 2 A1567 Cellular (4G LTE), iPad 6
Country or region available(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
(Global, International)
BrandAppleApple
Release dateMarch, 2011October, 2014
Depth8.8 millimeters (0.35 inches)6.1 millimeters (0.24 inches)
Size (width x height)185.7 x 241.2 millimeters (7.31 x 9.5 in)169.5 x 240 millimeters (6.67 x 9.45 in)
Weight613 grams (21.46 ounces)444 grams (15.54 ounces)
Qwerty physical keyboardNot supportedNot supported
AntennaInternal antennaInternal antenna
Build, materialsfeature not registeredAluminum body, glass front
Protection against water and othersNot supportedNot supported
System (OS)Apple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Operating systemiOS 4.0iOS 8.0
Firmware updateiOS 9.0iPadOS 13
HardwareApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Chipset32bit - Apple A5 APL0498 (45nm)64bit - Apple A8X (20nm)
CPU processor1Ghz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A91.5Ghz 3-Cores Apple Cyclone
GPU graphical controllerPowerVR SGX543MP2PowerVR GXA6850 MP8
RAM memory512MB LPDDR22GB LPDDR3
Internal storage16GB (12GB available)128GB (117GB available)
External storageNot supportedNot supported
DisplayApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Display typeTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCDTFT LED-Backlit IPS LCD
Screen size9.7" inches9.7" inches
Screen-to-body ratio~65.1% (screen-to-body ratio)~71.6% (screen-to-body ratio)
Display resolution768x1024 pixels1536x2048 pixels
TouchscreenCapacitive MultitouchCapacitive Multitouch 10-points
Pixel density (dot pitch)132 PPI264 PPI
Colors16 million16 million
Scratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glassScratch-resistant glass
Display featuresfeature not registeredfeature not registered
Mobile networksApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Dual-SIMNot supportedNot supported
SIM card1 slot (Single-SIM)
micro-SIM (3FF)
1 slot (Single-SIM)
nano-SIM (4FF)
Maximum download/upload14.4/2 Mbps100/50 Mbps
Network technology2G, 3G2G, 3G, 4G
Frequency, bandsExpand band detailsCollapse details
GSM Mhz bandQuad-Band 850/900/1800/1900Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 2G networkGSM 850/900/1800/1900CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Primary 3G networkUMTS 850/900/1900/2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
Primary 4G networkNot supportedLTE Cat4 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
Primary 5G networkNot supportedNot supported
Primary data networkGPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPAGPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev 0, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, TD-LTE, LTE
Secondary 2G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 3G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary 4G networkNot supportedNot supported
Secondary data networkNot supportedNot supported
CallingApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
MessagingSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mailSMS (T9), MMS, E-mail, Push mail
SpeakerphoneSupportedSupported
Video callingSupportedSupported
Call controlVoice recorderVoice dialing, Voice recorder, Voice commands
CameraApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Back camera (main camera)0.7 megapixels8 megapixels
Main camera resolution960x720 pixels3264x2448 pixels
Video recording (primary)HD (1280x720) 30 fpsFull HD (1920x1080) 30 fps
FlashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.4 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registered1.12µm pixel
AutofocusNot supportedAutofocus
Touch focusNot supportedSupported
Image stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilizationEIS: Digital stabilization
ZoomOnly digital zoomOnly digital zoom
Face/smile detectionNot supportedFace detection, Smile detection
BSI sensorNot supportedSupported
HDRNot supportedHDR photo/video and HDR photo on front camera
2ª cameraApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Front camera (secondary)0.3 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Front camera resolution640x480 pixels1280x960 pixels
Video recording (secondary)VGA (640x480)HD (1280x720)
Front flashNot supportedNot supported
Focal aperturefeature not registeredf/2.2 (aperture)
Focal lengthfeature not registered31mm lens
Sensor sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
Pixel sizefeature not registeredfeature not registered
MultimediaApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
RadioNot supportedNot supported
TVNot supportedNot supported
Video formatsMP4, H.264, MOVMP4, H.264, MOV
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, AACMP3, WAV, eAAC+
ConnectivityApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
USBUSB 2.0 proprietary connectorMicroUSB 2.0
TV outputProprietary TV-outProprietary TV-out
Audio output3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Bluetooth2.1 + A2DP4.0 + A2DP
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz)
DLNANot supportedSupported
NFCNot supportedNot supported
GPSA-GPS, GeoTaggingA-GPS, GeoTagging, GLONASS
Infrared portNot supportedNot supported
Other functionsApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
Active noise cancellationNot supportedSupported
Vibrating alertNot supportedNot supported
RingtonesPolyphonic and customizedPolyphonic and customized
Web browserHTML, XHTMLHTML, XHTML, HTML5
SensorsAccelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Compass
Ambient Light sensor
Gyroscope
Barometer
Fingerprint sensor (front-mounted)
Other features- Colors: Black, White
- Oleophobic coating
- iCloud service
- Colors: Space Gray, Silver, Gold
- Retina display
- Oleophobic coating
- AirDrop file sharing
- iCloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- FaceTime HD
Power supplyApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
BatteryLiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)LiPo: Li-Ion polymer (Non removable)
Battery capacity6930 mAh7340 mAh
Charger, watts Standard charging Standard charging
Talk time autonomy540 minutes | 9 hours | 0.4 day600 minutes | 10 hours | 0.4 day
Standby43200 minutes | 720 hours | 30 daysfeature not registered
Radiation rateApple iPad 2 (3G 16GB)Apple iPad Air 2 (4G 128GB)
SAR 1.6W/kg (USA, Mexico, etc.)feature not registeredfeature not registered
SAR 2W/kg (Europe, UK, etc.)1.19W/kg (body)feature not registered
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