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

Verge Review

The moment Tim Cook took the stage and announced the new iPad on March 7th in San Francisco, I immediately started brainstorming on my review for the device. There are clear challenges in comparing generational, iterative products like the iPad — especially when the devices themselves look nearly identical. Looks, of course, are really only half the story with the new iPad (side note: the name is just "iPad," though Apple seems to be using "new" quite liberally). In fact, looks may not be the...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.46 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 5.1
Media streaming AirPlay
CPU brand Apple
CPU family A5X
RAM size 1 GB
Carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 9.5 inches
Width 7.31 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.46 pounds
Color Silver / Black, Silver / White
Speakers Mono

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1536 px
Resolution (Y) 2048 px
PPI 264
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 5.1
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

CPU brand Apple
CPU family A5X
Cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless, AT&T
Other carriers Telus, Bell, Rogers
3G Yes
CDMA Yes
CDMA frequencies 1900, 850
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies 2100, 1900, 900, 850
4G Yes
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies 700
WWAN data standards UMTS, LTE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSPA+, HSDPA
Max. WWAN downlink speed 72 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Front Camera

Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections iPod

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 42.5 Wh
Removable No
Quoted use time 9 hr

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8.5

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  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 9
  • Dock 8

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by Jab0rnal (Previously owned)

    I owned this for 7 months and probably used it for a total of 10 hours over that time, why? Because I'm bored of iOS, it is doing the same thing my original ipad did back in 2009 but with more pixels. The screen is nice but having to make the iPad thicker to accommodate the battery to power the screen is backwards. I was also disappointed with the performance, it wasn't a massive jump over iPad1. I bought a Nexus 7 because i wanted to experience Android and to my surprise i never went back to the iPad, hence to say i have now sold the iPad and I'm over the moon with my Nexus device. The battery life is good but having to wait 4 + hours for a full charge is pointless. I've given design only a 7 because it was a step backward over the ipad2.

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    Reviewed by Paquito (Currently owns)

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  • 5.0
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    Reviewed by pmwws (Currently owns)

    I like the design of the iPad--it is simple. however I HATE iOS I wish I could do whatever I want with something I paid $1000 for with out having to "Jail Break" it. That said the App Store is pretty sufficient for what I need--except emulation and hardcore games. My perfect iPad would have the specs of a macbook air and run Snow Leopard.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by facsimil3 (Currently owns)

    Awesome tablet. Huge upgrade from original iPad and definite, marked improvement over iPad 2. Nothing beats the Retina Display. Once you've laid your eyes on it, there will be no going back to sub-par screens. Easy to hold, awesome to use. Apps are quick and touchscreen is extremely responsive.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by marcusedwardbaker (Currently owns)

    This device is one that has been hotly intacipated by myself and literally millions of other. My device specifically is flawless (besides the laser-engraved typo). The screen is amazing and a pleasure to ready, my only problem is I CAN see the pixels and every now and agian I am reminded of thier existance. Nevertheless, the screen is the best you can find on any tablet today (and 100 times better then my former Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE). The only thing that I find not holding up to my standards is the battery life. On my orginial iPad it felt like the battery lasted much longer then that of the new iPad, but it will still make it through a good day or two with moderate to heavy use. I use the iPad on AT&T and live in an HSPA+ zone (AT&T likes to remind me with the constant '4G' icon). I have yet to speed test it, but, the rates I am getting seen pretty snappy for web browsing and watching Hulu Plus. All-in-all I think this is a great device and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a tablet.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by jobikri5 (Currently owns)

    The best tablet in market today. The new iPad is insanely awesome. I love it. It just screams power. I use it for browsing, gaming, sending e mails, photos, and Music. The New iPad delivers extremely good sound out of headphones. Android tablets are garbage compared to the iPad. Photos and the great retina apps look insanely beautiful. I'ts the sharpest screen in my house.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Schenkenberg (Currently owns)

    What can I say it's the first tablet I own and it's pretty cool.

    The good: The screen is awesome, os is smooth, AppStore, nice design, battery life, browser.

    The bad: the weight, speakers, front facing camera, video player don't support many video formats, no micro sd.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by freetab (Currently owns)

    The new iPad is truly a brand new experience over the original, which is what I upgraded from. For this review, I am writing about the 32GB White 4G-LTE on Verizon version. First and foremost, the screen is absolutely gorgeous. No matter how much you hear about it or see it on your computer screen, you can't truly understand it until you actually see it. If you don't even plan to get the iPad, go to the Apple Store anyway just to see how good it is. After using it for a while, my screen on my MacBook Pro looks like there's grease rubbed all over it! As usual, the design is exceptional and feels really good to see and hold. The speakers are a major improvement, but it would be nice to have them facing towards me instead of away. Performance and battery life are both fantastic with major improvements over my last iPad. As for software, I never really had a problem with the whole iOS ecosystem, but there are a few major areas that are in need for improvement right now, which will likely be fixed in iOS 6. Battery was about 9:30 on WiFi and a little less on 4G. 4G in central NJ on Verizon was really nice with about 25mbps with 3-4 bars on average. The camera is also really nice and even better than my iPhone 4 at some points, but still not too practical. Overall, it is a really nice device that has no comparison at all. Everything from the design to the screen is a complete redesign compared to the original. If you happen to have the original iPad, I'd say get the new one as soon as possible because it really is like a new experience. As for iPad 2 owners, don't buy it. Just think, you can get the iPad 4 next year! Based on other tablets, there are no true competitors to it. However, I do wish that at least one would come about just to provide a useful alternative to potential tablet buyers.

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    Reviewed by fidalgo (Currently owns)

    My one complaint is a very minor one -- the weight. I'm coming from an iPhone and a Kindle universe, and there is a big difference is the effort exerted by the fingers and wrist to keep this thing aloft. Not by any means a deal breaker, but something to consider. That said, it's an awe-inspiring device, nothing comes close.

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  • 9.0
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    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.

    Wow.

    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?

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