Not all iPad 2s are created equal

Summary:Testing has revealed that the $399 iPad 2 being sold by Apple has a new chipset that gets better battery life than before.

When Apple rolled out the 'new' iPad, or iPad 3 as many call it, it slapped competitors with the news it would still sell the 'old' iPad 2. That slap was due to the low price of $399, making the iPad 2 a solid tablet for a budget price. The folks at AnandTech have discovered that Apple has improved the battery life of the iPad 2 for that budget price.

Testing shows the refreshed iPad 2 has a new A5 chipset that is thinner, resulting in improved battery life compared to the older chip. In AnandTech's testing, the newer iPad 2 can get as much as 30 percent better battery life when playing games, a function that hits the battery hard.

Unfortunately, buying an iPad 2 now doesn't guarantee you get the better iPad, as inventories of the older model are still around. There is no way to tell whether your newly purchased iPad 2 is an older model or the refreshed model without taking it out of the box and checking for the new model (iPad 2,4).

Those wanting to make sure they get the new improved iPad 2 may want to hold off with the purchase for a while to give time for the older models to get sold. The older iPad 2 is a good deal at $399, the improved one even more so.

Image credit: AnandTech

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Topics: iPad, Mobility

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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