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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Brian Oblinger (Currently owns)

    After spending a few days with the new iPad, it is clear that it is the best full-size tablet on the market (I think about e-reader-centric tablets such as the Fire and Nook in a different light than the iPad - different use cases). Th screen is absolutely amazing and LTE is stupid fast (for now...). It feels pretty futuristic to be out and about with a device getting 25mbps download and a screen that makes most high end HDTV's look like yesterday's news.

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    • Ecosystem 9
    • Dock 8
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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by j00zt1n (Currently owns)

    Evolutionary update to the iPad 2, which was already a fantastic piece of machinery. The new display is gorgeous, the LTE is blazing fast (though no unlimited data plans make me sad) and the battery life is only barely shorter than the older model. Very happy with this upgrade. This sentence is here to make my review longer than fifty words, and serves no functional purpose in regards to the review.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by mdendrijver1 (Currently owns)

    I love the new iPad, though I have not received mine yet... The New iPad has a great battery life, Amazing Display, great graphics, good battery life, software iOS can get a little boring at times. The ecosystem is great. The dock is great. So my review is: The New iPad keeps its crown of Number 1 tablet in the World!

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  • 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.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by qBitnaut (Currently owns)

    If you are in the market for a new tablet, especially for use on the go, the third generation iPad with LTE is a clear choice.

    Display:
    The Retina display on the new iPad, its most touted feature, will deliver crisp clear text and stunning picture quality. No photo taken of the new iPad can do it justice. You must get an eyes-on to truly see how spectacular it is.

    Performance:
    The iPad's A5X SoC delivers the same solid performance as its predecessor, the iPad 2. What you will notice is an increase in graphics performance from the new quad-core graphics processor.

    Wireless:
    The third generation iPad is Apple's first device sporting LTE. If you travel often and happen to land in an LTE covered city, you will blow the doors off of you're hotel's WiFi save your $10 a day. The transfer speeds, depending on your service area, can be phenomenal. During my tests in North Texas I found the download speeds to be approximately 16MB/s with upload speeds near 21MB/s. The latency, or time it takes for your web queries to get to the server and back to start your download, were nearly 60% lower (better) than 3G (HSPA.) [Tests conducted on AT&T LTE network.]

    Battery Life:
    The new battery has had its density increased by nearly 70% in virtually the same package. This means the iPad, while only slightly thicker and heftier than the iPad 2, will still last 9-10 hours. The significantly increased power draw from the new LTE modem, quad-core graphics, and over 3 million pixels still won’t leave you tablet-less by noon.

    The iPad's applications have begun to increase in size to fully utilize the new 2048x1536 display. I would definitely recommend the iPad (3rd generation) in its 32GB or 64GB sizes over the 16GB due to the increased app sizes.

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