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iOS is the same operating system as used on the iPhone and iPod.
iPad 1 vs 2
iPad 1 iPad 2 Display is the same WiFi is the same Bluetooth is the same Processor 1GHz A4 1GHz dual-core A5 Cellular data (1) 3G 3G AT&T EDGE, HSPA EDGE, HSPA Verizon (2) EV-DO (3G) Cameras none Front and rear cameras (lo-res) 720P HDMI output 1080p HDMI out Accelerometer Accelerometer Gyroscope lighter thinner2. iPad 1 only has an AT&T 3G option. You need an external 3G to wifi hotspot to use it with Verizon where there is no WiFi. Mifi (The size of a fat credit card) which you get for free with a 2 year data contract (min. $20/mo for 1GB) from Verizon will work.
See 3G or not below.
www.huliq.com/3257/ipad-1-vs-ipad-2-should-you-upgrade The iPad 2 has front- and rear-facing cameras (both < 1 M pixel). If you need FaceTime, that's an advantage. Both have 3G support (AT&T only for the 1), not 4G. Apple will eventually adopt 4G technology, though it is unclear when.
Bottom line: if you have an iPad 1, stick with it, unless you need FaceTime, and wait for the iPad 3 (Rumored in the Fall 2011), which will be a much more compelling hardware upgrade. On the other hand, if you really, really want an iPad 2, go for it. You almost certainly will not regret it.
3G or not?:
The 3G version is $130 more plus a data plan (min. $20/mo. for 1GB from Verizon or $15/mo for 250 MB from AT&T.
($20/mo. for 2 years at 4% interest works out to a Net present value of $300.)
The 3G verson of both 1 and 2 also have a real GPS unit; The WiFi only version determines your approximate location by triangulating on the WiFi networks it sees.
Verizon's Mifi Card vs. AT&T 3G for iPad? at Forums.MacRumors.com
iPad 2 3G net freeze:
CNET directs our attention to a long and growing thread over at the official Apple support forums. In it, customers who purchased the Verizon EVDO-capable version of the iPad 2 say the device mysteriously loses 3G mobile broadband connectivity for no apparent reason. "The Verizon 3G cellular data intermittently stops working and will only come back on with a reboot of the device,
User tips and forums:
File Transfer and Syncing:
Transferring files from your Mac or PC to your iPad can be convoluted. Some things like contacts from Microsoft Outlook or AddressBook on a mac can be set up to sync thru iTunes or from Google Contacts. Others require a Apple MobileMe (iWeb) or Microsoft Exchange account.
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