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

9.0
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Reviewed by marcelloc (Currently owns)

Briefly, it's the best tablet on the market, again. The display is now what recent iPhone users may expect in an iOS product. Apps updated for the new display shine on the device. 4G coverage areas may be faster than your home network (we'll see once saturation begins).

At first glance to the the average and below-average computer user, it may be the best all-in-one computer available right now.

Things to consider that second glance:
- Battery charging times have increased from previous models;
- Heavy usage of graphic-intensive tasks (gaming, video) will heat the left side of iPad, a first in the tablet's short history;
- Though nearly identical physically to the iPad 2, it is marginally heavier and thicker; and
- Exact, form fitting iPad 2 cases will not fit the new iPad, though Apple's own Smart Covers and most "sleeve" style cases will fit fine.

I'm not convinced 2012 will be any different than 2011, that is to say there is a tablet market and not just an iPad market. I commute via the train everyday to Boston and I've NEVER, I repeat NEVER seen a pure Android tablet being used by anyone on the train or at North Station in Boston since manufacturers began to "compete" with Apple's offerings. The strongest alternatives in people's hands right now are 7" reader-centric tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook. I believe this is largely due to most people being uninformed or unconvinced of "post=pc" era and others wanting a smaller, less capable companion tablet to strictly consume media and connect to the internet.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 9
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Speakers 6
  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 10
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