Reviewed by requieminadream (Currently owns)
Despite the "walled garden" which Google is slowly starting to realize is the way to go, the App Store makes the iPad what it is. With a range of apps from productivity powerhouses and triple-A games, to tomes of knowledge on travel, science, math, and so many other topics, the App Store literally has something for EVERYONE. Compare specs all you want, it's the App Store that turns this device into the revelation Apple claims it is.
But of course, there's more. The screen should go without saying, but I'll mention it briefly anyway.
How's that for brief?
The weight of the device is definitely noticeable coming from an iPad 2, more-so than you might imagine, but it's not uncomfortable to hold in one hand, and it is actually perfect while sitting on a bus or train.
The AT&T 4G LTE is blazing fast here in NYC. I'm getting speeds matching my mid-range FiOS connection at home. Last I tested I got roughly 22Mb/s Down, 8 Up. The fact that I'm getting those speeds on a mobile device not connected to WiFi... WOW.
The battery seems to drain a bit faster than my iPad 2 did, though it may be because I'm using it a heck of a lot more (That screen really makes it a joy).
And yes, it's significantly warmer than it's predecessor.
Overall this is a worthy successor to what really is the only Tablet on the market worth buying.
Say what you will about Apple and their "locked down" ecosystem, or the "archaic" OS... The App Store turns this device into something great. I love the idea of the configurability of Ice Cream Sandwich, but without the App ecosystem, what am I configuring? The Home Screen?
- Design 8
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 6
- Speakers 8
- Performance 9
- Software 7
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 10
- Dock 10