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

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Reviewed by Canucker2 (Currently owns)

Upgraded by accident as I went into a FutureShop to buy something else and made the mistake of looking at the new iPad display (there was one guy demoing it - they were running low on stock, no 16 GB left - I bought a 64 GB/LTE version - yes, up-sell suckered!). Seeing the screen in real life was an almost instant sell. This might be the biggest issue with other tablets. At the FutureShop, none of the Android tablets was even switched on. It's the display that is the interface. My wife has an original Pad that I have used and I didn't think the iPad2 was a significant upgrade over it to justify buying a second. In fact, I didn't think the new iPad sounded like a big improvement either, until I saw that darned screen. I used my wife's iTunes account to cross-load her apps to check out the new tablet (I added my own email accounts and deleted hers from the new iPad). I'll probably set up a new account though to make better use of the cloud sync and backup (and pay the devs their due). I got the LTE version but haven't tried this yet (my wife's original iPad is WiFi so I need to get a microSIM). Other positives are the much better Airplay functionality (although apparently this is no different from the iPad2) and the quality of the apps (iPhoto is the perfect demo app - it should really be included for free). Negatives are the speaker quality (but I use headphones) and the price of the Smart Covers and accessories.

Conclusion: it’s the screen, stupid. Seriously, it should come with a warning. Don't peek unless you intend to buy.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 9
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 9
  • Speakers 6
  • Performance 10
  • Software 10
  • Battery life 10
  • Ecosystem 10
  • Dock 5
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