For this indoor photo, we photographed our beloved cubicle mascot, Admiral Sackbar and his armpit-sniffing woodland companion.
The iPad photo is on the top, with the iPhone version below it. You'll notice that the iPhone photo is slightly closer, and tricks the camera into a shallower focus. This was an unintentional, but recurring, quirk, caused by how we naturally wanted to hold each device and view its screen.
Side-by-side shots of telephone lines against blue skies, with the iPad again on the left. The blue of the iPhone photo looks slightly more saturated, but otherwise the photos handle details and color gradients similarly.
Here we have a close-up of some flowers, with the iPad's photo on the left. In both cases, the tap-to-focus feature brought the foreground flowers into a shallow focus. If there's a reason the iPad photo looks a little sharper, I'd credit the fact that the large screen made it much easier to identify that the shot was in focus and framed well.
CNET's Dong Ngo poses for a portrait in the windowless subterranean dungeon known as CNET Labs. Again, we have the iPad photo on the top, with the iPhone 4S photo below it. In both instances the built-in face detection and autofocus worked as advertised.
This hydrant offered an odd mixture of hues and textures to test the cameras against. But aside from the iPhone 4S' camera (below) offering a slightly color richer saturation than the iPad's, both cameras handled the photo identically when it came to focus and details.