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The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on

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The day has arrived people! The new Apple iPad is finally here, ready for that ceremonious unboxing that you’re probably starving to see. With that in mind, we didn’t hesitate to get started on the ritual, but interestingly enough, it seems and feels oh so familiar right from the onset. Indeed, we’re certain that you’re familiar with the news surrounding this latest iPad, especially when it’s rocking one super high-resolution Retina display of its own to put all others before it to shame.

Honestly, we’ve seen this before. Why’s that you ask? Well, that’s because the packaging of the new iPad is nearly an exact facsimile to the one we’ve seen with its predecessor – the iPad 2. Dominated by that milky white color, it’s undeniable an Apple product we’re dealing with, even more when the front is plastered with a profile view of the tablet in question. Flip it over to its rear, the only noteworthy thing found on it, is the mention of what version iPad it is – and in our case, it’s a white 64GB Apple iPad with 4G LTE connectivity for AT&T. Inside, we’re greeted with the usual assortment of Apple accessories, like its 30-pin USB cable, wall charger, documentation, and those adorable Apple decals we’re used to finding at this point.

The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on


So what can we say about this new iPad? For starters, it’s nearly indiscernible to actually tell the difference with this one and its predecessor. Although it’s minutely thicker and heavier on paper, there doesn’t seem to be a noticeable difference as we hold onto it, and in fact, it seems like the same solid feeling tablet as before – well, that’s mainly due to its milled aluminum casing and glass-covered display. No doubt, it’s an iconic look at this point, but it still proves to be a testament in industrial design.

The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on

The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on


Turning it on and getting through the setup screens, it’s difficult to ascertain the new iPad’s superior detail, which as we all know, is carried by its amazing 2048 x 1536 Retina display. As we stare at its sheer prowess, we notice that text seem to float with plenty of clarity and detail – though, we’re giddy to find out its true potential. As for the rest of the iPad, it boasts all the same buttons and ports as before – even more, they’re found in their usual locations too. However, one huge improvement worth noting is the new 5-megapixel iSight camera it’s flaunting in the rear, sans flash. Even though we feel there are still some awkward feelings regarding taking photos with a tablet, we might not be as concerning this time around because of the expected improvement in quality it should no doubt bring to the table.

The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on

The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on
The new Apple iPad unboxing and hands-on


Without spilling the beans and going all out regarding this latest iPad, we’ll be checking it out more in-depth to give you our full and deep impressions, so expect our review very soon! In the meantime, you can drool over the lovely photos and unboxing video below.

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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:26 5

1. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


For all the HOOOPLA, it still has the sAme ole iHome button. WTF happened to no Home Button PhoneArena; I remember that stellar article back on March 7th oh so well.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:45 4

4. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


If it ain't broken ... why fix it?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:06 5

7. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Then, 'if it ain't broken … why' release a "New" one?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:39 6

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Why would u not release a new one? That was a stupid comment. If that's the case,then y should Chevy release a new vette,or Ferrari release a new 360 medina? My point is improvements don't always come in the form of a redesign. Under the hood is what's counts most. That's what I told a guy,after my vette beat his 360 medina.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:23 1

15. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


And every new car has ... guess what ... a steering wheel!

Why release a new car if it has to have a steering wheel!

If you have an interface that works ... why change it?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:26 2

17. andro. (Posts: 1949; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple is founded on money gouging principles so a yearly re-release of a product is a necessity

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:47 3

23. greathero1 (Posts: 476; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


What company isn't? Samsung lol? GTFOH lol!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:37 1

29. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


That comment could go for anything. With electronics they are always bettering themselves from the previous model this should be obvious. My old nokia still works but I have a better phone in replace, my old ponitac runs amazing but they kept replacing newer models out in replace off it its an unavoidable thing. This should be a known fact competition drives the electronics to always put something new out there even if they did 2 weeks prior.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:43 1

19. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


it is broken. it's boring. it's old. Time for some new blood. Windows 8. Oh, by the way, i have both.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:06 3

6. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Galaxy S line (international version) has the physical home button and I absolutely love it.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:14 1

8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2279; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Well, iLove the sleek feel of the capacative "Home" button on my DROID RAZR™; no cracks and crevaces to clean. Besides, think of all the iGerms living under that little plAstic iCap.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 13:41 1

28. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I understand what your saying about a change in design, but the iPad is simple and the design does work, so why risk it?

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 01:59

30. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


I'd probably have much more faith if the button was a touch one.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:42 7

2. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


The screen is impressive and the praise goes to Samsung, LG and Sharp. Not apple.

Other than that its the same design which has now become boring (yes its still a good design but I want something new) and the same boring OS.

My friends Iphone and Ipad are identical, what's the point, waste of money.

If I had a galaxy s2 and Tab 10.1 Both would look completely different, set up different and different widgets.

bore off apple with your restricted closed eco system.

Good work to the manufactures who help make it tho.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:03 3

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the Galaxy Note and the Note 10.1 will also look the same.. want to comment on that

know what nevermind.. I know the answer

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:44

20. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That's why i'm going to get a Samsung windows 8 tablet. woo hooo!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:50 1

24. greathero1 (Posts: 476; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Actually sice Apple designed the screen in-house, they will ans should get the credit.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 10:44 3

3. rocknessalex (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


So this is it? Long awaited iPad 3? After Jobs left, all Apple can do is copy its previous design. Dear Apple, you are in deep trouble if you don't rush out some designs. Your queue out there at each of your shops are getting shorter and shorter... Really disappointing as a whole.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:18 4

9. binerry (Posts: 95; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I think you really got through to them. They'll definitely listen to you.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:02 4

5. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Quote from text: "it’s undeniable an Apple product we’re dealing with"

Wait didn't SuperAndroidEvo said that the ipad was just a samsung product with an apple logo?
http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-new-iPad-to-launch-with-Samsung-and-LG-display-panels-Sharp-still-working-out-the-kinks_id28035

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:31 2

10. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I just got the iPad from FedEx and I gotta say while the screen is beyond belief, I am waiting for the transformer infinity t700 :)

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 11:42 4

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Just picked up my new 64 gig 4g LTE iPad. I sold my 32 gig on Craigslist for 400. So far this puppy is sweet. Killer screen,killer speed,and I can't wait to watch the walking dead on it.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:45

21. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


wow...really? i'm going to watch the walking dead on my 60 inch plasma with my xbox. somehow i think my experience will be better.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:59 3

26. greathero1 (Posts: 476; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Let's see you drag that 60 inch TV around to school, work, vacation, etc lol.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:54 2

25. greathero1 (Posts: 476; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Got mine this morning and I was very skeptical but after 3 hours of continuous use I can honestly say this is my tablet of choice. I guess an Android user can like an iOS device lol

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:01 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6437; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Can't believe this guy spends 879$ on a 4G version

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:46

22. SuperEd (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


i KNOW! I hope he has ALOT of money, and/or his company paid for it...or is going to have his company pay for his data plan...if they don't cut his bandwidth speed before that happens. total waste.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:23 2

16. andro. (Posts: 1949; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Weve already seen this unboxing last year under the heading ipad 2 unboxing

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 12:28 3

18. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you like Apple huh?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 13:34

27. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


Shaddup, drone.

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