It has been 6 days now since I got my new iPad and so far it's living up to my expectations. In my last post I wrote about the display and the speed of the 4 compare with my iPad 2. In this post, I'm going to discuss battery life and the camera. Regarding the battery, there was nothing really scientific about my tests/observations, I just used it. I figure, what better way to test battery life than doing the everyday things that I need to do. I don't care how many hours music will continuously play, if I can play Infinity Blade for 12 hours straight or if I can have a 6 hour facetime conversation. I want to know how much battery power gets used doing the things I need to do. So how do I use my iPad everyday? I have a pretty simple daily routine. I usually start my day with a cup of coffee and my iPad perusing my twitter feeds(3), reading like some people read the morning newspaper(I follow a lot of local and national news sites), followed by checking a couple of Facebook timelines and then checking email. This usually takes 1 to 1.5 hours. I should point out that I am the Social Media Manager for a Jewish Community Center(hence the multiple twitter and Facebook accounts) . Off to work now, my iPad usually stays in my bag until later in my day. Around 2pm, when I leave my office for the second half of my day, the iPad gets pulled out because for 4-5 hours everyday I also run the after school program at the same JCC. While sitting outside our program room, it's back to twitter, Facebook and email. I also take the time to catch up on some reading using Pocket, (which is a great app for reading webpages. I'll cover apps in another post). Finally, I wrap up my day by(you guessed it) checking twitter and Facebook. All in all, I use my iPad 4-5 hours everyday. For the purposes of this post, I used it for exactly 5 hours on Monday. On Tuesday, it was time to give the iPad 2 a go. I followed the same routine, twitter, Facebook, email and repeat. I also threw in some reading via Pocket, making sure to give it the same 5 hour usage as the new iPad. To my surprise or not, I'm not really sure, my 2 year old iPad 2 ended the day with 67% of battery remaining while my new iPad ended with 72%. Tech geeks might scoff at my scientific method and they are probably right. I'm sure the battery life will take it if I played Infinity Blade or Monopoly for an hour or two straight but for the things that I do every day the battery life is solid. One last note on the battery I notice that charging the higher capacity battery in the iPad 4 does take a bit longer than charging the battery in my iPad 2. Onto the camera. I have to be honest, I used the camera on my iPad 2 two or three times during the first week I owned it. After that I have not touched the camera until writing this post. There are two reasons for this, 1: it is a bit awkward holding up an iPad which is the size of a book to take a picture. 2: the camera on the iPad 2 is abysmal. I don't expect I will be using the camera on my new iPad for any more than I have on my 2 but it's worth noting that the iPad 4 boasts a five megapixel camera versus the iPad 2s VGA camera. If, however I'm at work, and something interesting happens while I'm working on my iPad it might be quicker to grab it and snap a picture rather than grabbing my iPhone out of my pocket and launching the camera app. Here are the tech specs on the the cameras and I'll let you be the judge based on the pictures snapped below. One final note on camera both the iPad 2 and the iPad 4 have front facing cameras for FaceTime video chat. I have Never used face time and I don't see myself using it any time soon. Ultimately like any computer and iPad is only as useful as the software you put on it. In my next post I will give a list of my top 10 iPad apps both for productivity and for fun.