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

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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by darkcrayon (Currently owns)

    Improves on the already excellent iPad 2 in the most logical areas by changing one of its few weaknesses (low resolution screen) into one of its biggest strengths (very high resolution screen). Because of this, they made the tradeoff of having slightly heavier device, but considering most people spend a lot more time staring at the screen than curling it, it was the right one.

    LTE is another welcome upgrade if you have coverage (I get about 10 megabit at home with 2 bars, a higher strength area might yield better results).

    The rear camera went from grainy uselessness to actually respectable pictures - I will still be using my smartphone for photography, but it's nice that the iPad now has a decent "eye" on the back. Should be great for photographing whiteboards, etc in the office.

    With Apple continuing to improve its very competent suite of touch apps and continued developer support, the iPad remains the product to beat in the market.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by evansims (Currently owns)

    I purchased my third-generation iPad as a replacement for my aging, Wifi-only first generation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've been absolutely blown away by the gorgeous display and performance of the new model. I purchased the LTE version to take advantage of the tethering functionality, as I work from the road quite a lot, and I've been very pleased with the performance and availability (on Verizon) I'm seeing. I do wish Apple had refreshed the hardware styling a bit, but that is really just idle nit-picking. Having never owned a cellular model before, I was a bit disappointed to see the battery life is much worse than my Wifi-only first gen, but that is to be expected, especially when LTE is enabled.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Feltzem (Currently owns)

    Probably the greatest piece of technology I've ever owned. It should go without saying that the retina display is incredible, and just using the device is such a great experience. All my media is there (and backed up), the app ecosystem is great, the battery easily lasts the day, losing only about 60% by the evening. Awesome product, I highly recommend it for anyone looking to buy a tablet.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by CliftonD (Currently owns)

    Having gone from IPad 1 to iPad 3, it's like going from BMW to an Aston Martin. The iPad has been, since day 1 a fantastic way to interact with the Internet and cloud computing. This latest model enhances that experience and pleasure, so much attention to careful design in every aspect. There is no way back from here, the rules have changed.

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  • 9.0
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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.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by zanneth (Currently owns)

    The display is absolutely breathtaking. It's really hard to describe--it's something you have to see in person to appreciate. The new iPad is just so far beyond any of the competition that you shouldn't look any further when shopping for a tablet.

    It's also interesting to note that when testing Verizon LTE on the new iPad, I was getting 32 megabits down and 12 megabits up. Pretty unbelievable for a wireless network, especially considering that it's faster than my Internet connection at home.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by vatdoro (Currently owns)

    I love the iPad. Coming from the iPad 2 the new iPad is a tad heavy. Some people don't notice it, but I read a TON on my iPad, so it is noticeable. If you are coming from an iPad 1, the new iPad is much lighter and thinner.

    Still the best tablet/e-reader around. Hands down. The screen is incredible! LTE is fast. Dictation is awesome. I wouldn't even consider the supposed "competition". The iPad 2 is now an incredible deal, especially if you buy refurbished from Apple.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Elgeorgino (Currently owns)

    I was not one of the many that jumped at the first generation iPad as I did not know how it would fit into my lifestyle. I didn't want to splurge the minimum $500 without "test driving" the iPad. During the course of the year that the first generation iPad was on the market, I was able to play with it and noticed how easily the device can transform and fit into my techie lifestyle. So, I went ahead and purchased the iPad 2 when it came out and I loved it! I was hesitant on the new iPad but the high resolution screen sold me and I purchased it this past Friday (LTE version). Man-O-Man, is that screen a killer! Hands down the best screen out in the market. Once again, Apple surpassed my expectations. I love the speed of the tablet and coupled with the LTE, it is super fast. One must experience, first hand, the screen and the quickness of the iPad to know what I am talking about. I, however, do wish that the iPad would have at least kept the dimensions and weight of the 2nd generation iPad. I loved the thinness and weight of it and I still notice a difference when holding it. I am sure Apple will fix the dimensions and weight next year once the newer iPad is released and I cannot wait to experience the new and improved iPad. I do recommend to those that have a 1st generation iPad to upgrade to the new iPad as you will see a TON of difference. For those that have the 2nd generation, if you love it then keep it. But if you want to experience the quickness and the amazing screen of the new iPad, I suggest going long on the iPad!

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by DGon71 (Currently owns)

    Have to say that I'm disappointed with the display. Sure it's got mega pixels and everything but on such a small screen you can't really tell the difference. Emperors new clothes if you ask me. Reminds me a little of the 4S upgrade..... Well, I suppose Apple have to keep making obscene amounts of money whilst doing nothing with it. They should really start bringing genuine improvements in their hardware and start being a bit Bill Gates with all that cash. So, yes, I'm disappointed...A great product yes but it's not really worth the upgrade from the Ipad 2. .

    Oh and it's still the wrong form factor, what's the point of having a super duper screen when it's the wrong size for displaying hi-def movie's and TV? Go figure??

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by AndyGapin (Currently owns)

    It's hard to review the 3rd gen iPad since it's so similar to the iPad 2 in so many ways. To put it simply, the new iPad takes an already industry-leading experience and makes it significantly better. Anyone reading this has no doubt already read over and over how amazing this display is, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true. This display is mind-blowingly stunning. You really haven't even seen anything like this before. It's as good as everything you've read.

    The battery life seems on par with the iPad 2, maybe ever so slightly shorter, but the real issue here is how long it takes to charge the new iPad. Your best course of action is to just plug it in when you go to bed every two or three nights. In my completely unscientific observations, it seems to take 6-7 minutes to charge 1% of battery power. Ouch.

    On paper, the only other downsides to the new iPad are the fact that it's slightly thicker and slightly heavier. In all honesty, you may notice the thickness, but it in no way makes a difference in use. The weight can be a bit of a mixed bag though. I can't tell if it's just in my head or if I really do feel the extra weight during use. It's not a lot though. In no way should this factor into a buying decision.

    While the rear camera is a welcome improvement that you'll rarely use, I would have liked to see the front camera updated. Personally, this is the camera that I feel gets more use. Why not put a good camera up front? I use this camera for self portraits and video chatting. Why not make me look good?

    I only gave an 8 for speakers because this seems to be completely unchanged and there was no introduction of stereo speakers. While the speaker is plenty loud, having stereo sound would be nice. Maybe Apple hasn't done this because the default orientation of the iPad is meant to be portrait so they would need to add three speakers so you can have stereo music in portrait and stereo for video in landscape.

    Ultimately, the 3rd gen iPad is absolutely wonderful and the only tablet worth buying right now. Oddly, tablets are fairly mature hardware-wise already. There isn't much to them. It's just a screen. The important stuff is all software. So the new iPad ups the ante a bit on the hardware front, but now iOS needs to do the same on the software front. We'll see if iOS 6 can really take the iPad to the next level, but even still, this is the best table you can buy today...and any day in the foreseeable future.

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