Reports today indicate that the microphone on the iPad 2 WiFi model is superior to the microphone on the 3G iPad 2.
iLounge reports that the iPad 2 WiFi offers clearer microphone quality since the microphone has been placed in the metal housing on top of the device, where in the iPad 3G, the microphone sits in the plastic antenna band.
iLounge reports the differences in sonic qualities can be experienced in apps such as FaceTime when the iPad’s display is facing the user.
Perhaps due to this change in materials, the Wi-Fi model offers markedly cleaner audio than that of the 3G, which sounds slightly muffled and echo-prone as a result. Curiously, we found the GSM 3G model’s audio to be slightly preferable to that of the CDMA model, which seemed to suffer the issues more severely.
As we saw, the iPad 2 had a hardware redesign which also changed the microphone size and position. This change, along with the material change surrounding the microphone on the 3G iPad 2, may cause a problem with quality.
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