Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi)

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...

Read the full review

Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.44 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 5.1
Media streaming AirPlay
CPU brand Apple
RAM size 1 GB

Recent News

No recent news about Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi).

Recent Discussions

No recent discussions about Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi).

Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 9.5 inches
Width 7.31 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.44 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 model A5X
Cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Front Camera

Video resolution VGA
Video framerate 30

Rear Camera

Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

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 10 hr

Recent News

No recent news about Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi).

Recent Discussions

No recent discussions about Apple iPad (3rd generation, Wi-Fi).

9.1

Average User Review

of 15 total reviews
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • Design 9
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Speakers 8
  • Performance 9
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 10
  • Dock 8

Login in order to review this product.

  • 10.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by roberto88 (Currently owns)

    Produduto de qualidade recomendo a todos os crientes ,imagem de qualidade sitema grafico ultima geraçao,quem compra este produto nao esquece , configuraçao boa sistema operacinal de ultima geraçao bom desenpenho, disayne moderno tela com uma boa nitidez.
    este aparelho e o sonho de consumo de todos a queles que tem bom gosto..

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 10
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 10
    • Speakers 10
    • Performance 10
    • Software 10
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 10
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by Ido-TDW (Currently owns)

    Brilliant, unibody design, made out of aluminum. The display is absolutely gorgeous, and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes it very comfortable to hold in any orientation, though it's not as pleasant to watch 16:9 movies on it as it is reading or playing a game. The rear-facing camera has far exceeded my expectations, though the front-facing camera is less than sufficient. The speakers are suitable for watching movies and videos, but they're by no means good for music of any genre, and I wish they were front-firing speakers instead of being in the back of the device. Performance on the A5X is more than adequate, though I do notice some lags and jitters occasionally, that are probably caused by the massive screen-resolution; but streaming Real Racing 3 to an Apple TV through AirPlay on a 20Mbps WiFi connection causes borderlines unacceptable. iOS is easy to use, and connects extremely well with my other Apple products, but I keep hoping for more, and I hate JailBreaking. The battery life is superb - with little-to-no heavy usage, I can get through 3 days on a single charge, EASILY; the only downside is that it's painfully long to recharge. As usual with iOS, the ecosystem is fantastic, both software and hardware - the huge iTunes library of music, movies, apps and games is phenomenal, and the infinite amount of accessories is overwhelming.
    This is the second-best tablet on the market today -- second only to Apple's own 4th-gen iPad. The screen is just begging for better performance (delivered with the 4th-gen iPad), more complex software, a better front-facing camera (this, too, has been delivered with the 4th-generation) and front-firing speakers. I wish it would also recharge faster (which I heard the 4th-gen iPad is better at), but that's far from being a deal-breaker, as battery life is more than sufficient.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 10
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 9
    • Software 8
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 10
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by KiwiC (Currently owns)

    Awesome:
    Display - best screen i have ever used ever. The colours are phenomenal, it looks great at pretty much any angle.
    Apps - huge range, my favourites at the moment are Paper, DC Comics (the retina display comes into its own with comics) and IA Writer. Games are fantastic, currently playing through Bike Baron & Real Racing 2HD.
    Battery Life - It seems to last forever.

    Not awesome:
    Notifications - I just dont like the iOS method for notifications, Android is significantly easier to use and gets more done
    Misc - it can feel a bit heavy with prolonged use, and embarrassingly I have dropped it straight onto my face and it wasn't pleasant (having also done this with the iPad 1, I can say the older is much more face-drop friendly)

    All in all its probably my favourite gadget at present.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 8
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 7
    • Performance 9
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 10
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 6
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 8.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by PleaseInsertDiscTwo (Currently owns)

    A joyous device to behold. Speedy and snappy web browsing, superb display and surprisingly good sound for a tablet. In my opinion there are few tablets on the market that can match it for hardware design, if any. Mostly leave my laptop and Desktop alone now, unless i need to do any proper computing! I wonder how long it will be before tablets can replace full size computers in terms of what they can do?

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 8
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 7
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 8
    • Software 8
    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 9
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 10.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by DillonLarson (Currently owns)

    The new iPad's most obvious new feature is the Retina display, but the screen's true beauty lies in the fact that it becomes less and less obvious as one owns and uses the product (which, I think, is its intended effect). Comparisons to a glowing piece of paper are completely justified. Seriously, you will never look at a display the same way again. It looks beautiful and is fast and speedy, but the biggest attraction of iPad is enjoying apps on that gorgeous screen. iCloud has brought Apple's optimistic dream of cloud services (starting with iTunes and the App Store) to reality, and I am sure it will only get better. iPad is the perfect combination of hardware, software, and services. Wait no longer. The future has arrived. And its name is iPad.

    Good Stuff
    - Gorgeous thin and light design
    - The Retina display is absolutely stunning
    - Back camera is perfectly acceptable
    - Front camera works well for FaceTime
    - Clear and loud speakers
    - Extremely speedy and fluid
    - iOS is mature and covers all the bases of modern OSes
    - Surprisingly great battery life
    - iTunes and the App Store are incredible content sources
    - iCloud brings it all together
    - The Smart Cover is really clever

    Bad Stuff
    - Front camera could be much better
    - iOS on iPad lacks a bit of polish
    - The iPad dock is sleek and convenient, but it is only portrait-compatible and does not work well with cases and the Smart Cover

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 10
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 9
    • Performance 10
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 10
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 5
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by christianoliff (Currently owns)

    Overall, if you have an iPad 2 you really don't need to upgrade, original iPad owners should upgrade though.
    + Much improved camera - 1080P video on this looks really good.
    + Voice dictation does work surprisingly well (UK English)
    + Awesome screen
    - Take a long time to charge
    - Feels a lot heavier than previous iPad

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 8
    • Display 9
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 8
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 9
    • Dock 5
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by tannerpowell (Currently owns)

    I had to totally nitpick to make this a 9—this device is incredible, on many levels. I think it's going to further change the segment, in which Apple has a sizable lead already. High-res text looks significantly better.

    I downloaded:
    ArtRage — The painting app from the commercial. Paint over a picture. It works surprisingly well.
    AirSupremacy — Immersive flying/dogfighting game, solid graphics, too.
    MC3 — 1st person shooter, awesome graphics but hard to get the hang of using touch for me.
    Penultimate — Can a drawing/notebook app be fun? Yes.
    RealRacing2HD — Again, graphics feel like a console, wish I had a better car starting out.
    Garageband — Totally worth $5 for smart strings alone.

    I got iMovie and iPhoto, too but haven't really played with them. Load screens look slick.

    I don't regret any of the purchases, I'm really impressed by what it's capable of. Battery life isn't as good (on a wifi model), but I'm comparing to 1st gen one I had before which I hardly used because of the resolution and weight. This is a pretty powerful machine now.

    The screen looks like glowing seamless liquid or something, everyone is having a difficult time describing it for a reason. It makes interacting with any content a delight. Mentally, it seems to have removed a subtle layer of abstraction from the interacting with software that I hadn't noticed before, but now I do.

    The *experience* feels more seamless than anything else I've ever, uh, experienced. The attention to detail is incredible, and so is the potential. Like the iPhone before it, it's an iPad world from now on.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 9
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 9
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 9
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 8
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 9
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by Code.Red (Currently owns)

    Upgrading from a first generation iPad, this is a pretty huge leap. Performance is so much better all around. The multitouch gestures to close and switch between apps have no delay, and apps load so much faster. Oh, and ohmygod that display. The display is something you need to see in real life , even if you've already seen the iPhone 4/4S. Apps, text, everything is just so silky smooth. I often see myself turning to the iPad to visit websites or check Twitter even with my desktop right in front of me, just so that I can use that beautiful display. It's that good. The cameras are now identical to those in the iPhone 4, and although it's a bit unwieldy to take pictures or video with, the results for the rear camera are pretty good. It's still just an iPad (don't expect it to cook your breakfast or project holograms), but they took an already very polished product and just polished it even further. It's an experience that is unrivaled by any other tablet.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 9
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 9
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 10
    • Ecosystem 10
    • Dock 9
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by Milesoftech (Currently owns)

    The iPad, a tablet that was going to failure and would not sale. Well we are in the 3rd gen of the iPad and it is simply the best tablet hands down , but does Apple and the new iPad live up to the hype in with the 3rd gen iPad. Find out all that and more in my short review of the new iPad. Im going to start with the display, in one word fantastic. It's unlike anything I have seen. The text on apps and websites are sharp and clear. Photos look great and full of detail . You would have to see it to beleive how great this display is.The new proesseor that powers this display is no slouch. It handles the software nearly flawless and pushes all the pixels across the screen with ease. The battery life is great I'm more than able to get through a full day of uses. Everything else is great. Solid camera that takes dencent pictures. Simple design that has not changed much, but I'm fine with that . It's not much else to be said if your in the market for a tablet then the iPad is the only choice Great screen, easy to use, yet has powerful software and insane user base that will insure the apps will keep on coming. The iPad is a great product rivaled by nothing but the shear amount of hype it has to live up to every year it comes out. Not only is the iPad a great buying choice it's your only choice in my opinion.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 9
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 8
    • Performance 10
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 10
    • Ecosystem 10
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
  • 9.0
    Show all User reviews

    Reviewed by cruffenach (Currently owns)

    What more can be said? The iPad is a beautiful refined piece of hardware that has no match. I am disappointed how obvious non retina graphics seem on the fantastic display, but this of course is a temporary problem. Also would love an HD camera on the front for FaceTime. But real talk, nothing else on the market currently is even comparable to this device. Windows 8 tablets may bring some competition but for now this is the only game in town.

    The most striking thing I found when using the new iPad is how you may never hook it up to a computer. I have 4 macs in my house, but setting up my iPad was all on the iPad. iCloud really has evolved to a very functional storage mechanisms for both root level items like apps, and important data around these apps. Instacast is a fantastic example of how great this integration can be, check it out if you dig podcasts. I now understand why Mr. Cook focused so heavily on the "Post PC Era". All I need is a decent way to code on this thing and I'm set.

    The Breakdown

    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
    • 9
    • 10
    • Design 10
    • Display 10
    • Camera(s) 8
    • Speakers 9
    • Performance 10
    • Software 9
    • Battery life 9
    • Ecosystem 9
    • Dock 9
    Show the rest of this review and the breakdown
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5345_tracker