Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi + LTE)

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Reviewed by qBitnaut (Currently owns)

If you are in the market for a new tablet, especially for use on the go, the third generation iPad with LTE is a clear choice.

The Retina display on the new iPad, its most touted feature, will deliver crisp clear text and stunning picture quality. No photo taken of the new iPad can do it justice. You must get an eyes-on to truly see how spectacular it is.

The iPad's A5X SoC delivers the same solid performance as its predecessor, the iPad 2. What you will notice is an increase in graphics performance from the new quad-core graphics processor.

The third generation iPad is Apple's first device sporting LTE. If you travel often and happen to land in an LTE covered city, you will blow the doors off of you're hotel's WiFi save your $10 a day. The transfer speeds, depending on your service area, can be phenomenal. During my tests in North Texas I found the download speeds to be approximately 16MB/s with upload speeds near 21MB/s. The latency, or time it takes for your web queries to get to the server and back to start your download, were nearly 60% lower (better) than 3G (HSPA.) [Tests conducted on AT&T LTE network.]

Battery Life:
The new battery has had its density increased by nearly 70% in virtually the same package. This means the iPad, while only slightly thicker and heftier than the iPad 2, will still last 9-10 hours. The significantly increased power draw from the new LTE modem, quad-core graphics, and over 3 million pixels still won’t leave you tablet-less by noon.

The iPad's applications have begun to increase in size to fully utilize the new 2048x1536 display. I would definitely recommend the iPad (3rd generation) in its 32GB or 64GB sizes over the 16GB due to the increased app sizes.

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  • Design 8
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Speakers 6
  • Performance 10
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 10
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