Apple iPad (4th generation, Wi-Fi)

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Last week at an event in San Jose, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced two new iPads. One, the iPad mini, is a legitimately new product. The other was a small upgrade to the 9.7-inch iPad, bringing a new processor and new Lightning port to the device. But Tim Cook didn't just call the latest iPad a minor, iterative upgrade, or a poorly-disguised excuse to get a Lightning port on the tablet. He called it the "fourth generation" of iPad. Cook touted faster performance thanks to a new A6X processor,...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 1.44 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6
Media streaming AirPlay
CPU brand Apple
RAM size 1 GB

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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) 2048 px
Resolution (Y) 1536 px
PPI 264
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

CPU brand Apple
CPU model A6X
Clock speed 1.4 GHz
Cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 128 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p
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 Lightning

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 42.5 Wh
Removable No
Quoted use time 10 hr

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8.6

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  • Dock 8

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by FrogRabbit (Currently owns)

    The iPad 4th generation is a good product, with a few mentionable short-comings.

    The first short-coming is the amount of storage. When Apple released the iPhone 4 with the Retina Display, it also doubled the base amount of storage to accommodate for increased app sizes. The base amount of storage stubbornly remains the same despite the addition of the Retina Display on the iPad, and it definitely isn't enough. All 16 GB was used in the blink of an eye.

    Another disadvantage is its weight and thinness. The full-size iPad is too heavy to hold in one hand.

    The iPad mini's size and form factor is actually more practical and useful than the full-size iPad.

    Poor speaker location.

    Performance isn't slow (especially relative to the competition), but it could be smoother.

    In summary, what Apple is selling right now as the full-size iPad is an incomplete product. The Retina Display is not quite ready, and it would have been better if they went with the MacBook Air approach instead. This is further proven with the iPad mini, which does not have a Retina Display yet. The Retina Display is something you want to implement across a whole category of products to spur adoption and creation of appropriate content.

    The second part of the review is about the tablet experience.

    What tablets differ from traditional computers is their immersiveness. Tablets offer an intimate and passionate experience for reading the web, and reading just about anything. The purpose of a tablet is presentation and simulation. "Skewmorphism" is part of the full screen experience.

    Some tablets are widescreen, but the iPad isn't. Part of being a tablet and a mobile device is having a valid portrait orientation. The portrait orientation is easier to hold - center of gravity. It also is part of the point in losing the physical keyboard - so one is not actually selling a touchscreen laptop. I don't use my full-size iPad in portrait orientation while browsing the web much, but that is a result of the outdated web. Many websites should offer a valid portrait orientation layout, which does away with sidebars.

    Tablets aren't quite a traditional computer replacement, yet. Sophisticated tablet tasks take many more steps than the same task on a traditional computer. The iPad still feels a bit tacky, and could do more to offer a true tablet experience. Many OS X features could be adopted still. When I traditionally set my app index background to black or dark grey, the small size of the app icons was apparent to me. App icons could be enlarged and more detailed, with OS X as an example.

    8.5/10

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    Reviewed by john.farmer.562114 (Currently owns)

    Apple ipad is one of the best tablet ,some of the features are

    9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
    Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A6X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
    5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
    Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
    Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

    i bought it from here with free shipping http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009W8YQ6K?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B009W8YQ6K&linkCode=xm2&tag=dismarket-20

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    Reviewed by TheJediRevan (Currently owns)

    I have owned an iPad in the past but couldn't commit to what they are really used for. After finally deciding on what I would user for it, I picked one up for Christmas and I am glad I did. The 4th Gen iPad flies! Alongside my iPhone 5 and MacBook Pro, I feel like the king fanboy of my Apple friends. Having the Lightning connector is great and I anticipate the available products that are slated to come out that will use it.

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    Reviewed by Kavax (Currently owns)

    The best tablet I ever used, cant imagine how smooth and high high quality preview.
    The IOS and itunes ecosystem can be much better but my 6 sens says it'll be the pioneer in next years.
    Buy it use it enjoy it and dont forget tell your freinds that Apple is the BEST...!

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    Reviewed by lbrinsmead (Currently owns)

    The display is the centre of attention, and deservingly so. Text is crisp, high resolution photos are shown in all their beauty. Performance is very good, everything happens almost instantly. The interface is simply brilliant, no unnecessary complexity. The device however is a bit weighty compared to other iPads. I recommend it.

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