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Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone 3GS vs. iPod touch

At first glance, the iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch may look very similar to each other. After all, they use the same operating system, run the same apps, and look like larger and smaller versions of each other. But are they really the same?

A close look at the hardware and software features of each device reveals them to be very different indeed. One has a camera, the others don’t. One is a phone, the others aren’t. One offers a big screen, the others are palm-sized.

The chart below shows how these three devices stack up against each other in terms of hardware and software features.

Comparing Features: iPad, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch

iPad iPhone 3GS iPod touch
capacity 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB 8GB, 32GB, 64GB
screen size/
resolution
9.7 inches/ 1024 x 768 3.5 inches/ 480 x 320 3.5 inches/ 480 x 320
GPS Yes (limited GPS on WiFi-only models) Yes (Assisted GPS) No
battery life (in hours) 10 up to 12 talk/ 9 Wifi/ 10 video/ 30 audio up to 6 video/ 30 audio
networking WiFi, 3G on some models WiFi/3G/EDGE WiFi
bluetooth Yes Yes Yes
camera No 3 megapixel, still and video No
video editing app No Yes No
video out to TV No No Yes
phone No Yes No
size (in inches) 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.33
weight (in pounds) 1.5 (1.6 on 3G models) 0.3 0.25
app store support Yes Yes Yes
price $499 – $829 $199 – $299 $199 – $399
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