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The new iPad (3) Review

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Behind the theatrics of the iPad’s physical characteristics, the thing that’s driving the actual show, the experience, is nothing we haven’t seen before. That’s because it’s the same iOS 5.1 experience that the iPad 2 has been running for the last week since the unveiling of the new iPad. In tandem to the iconic design of the tablet, iOS 5.1 doesn’t deviate from what we’ve gotten used to with the platform – and that’s something we have to accept at this point. Sure, we dream about some kind of over-the-top transformation with each new update, but in the end, the simplistic look of iOS is what makes it memorable in so many ways. Of all the platforms out there, this is by far the easiest to learn – especially for first time users, as its grid-like styling is as barebones as you can get.

Still, there are some noteworthy new features found with iOS 5.1, but most of them are catered to the iPhone – like access to the camera from the lock screen and Siri in Japanese. With the new iPad though, there isn’t anything at all that it can call its own, since everything it has to offer is available to the iPad 2 as well. Nevertheless, the evolution of the platform is slowly moving along with each update, but it feels that more can be accomplished to make it an even more refined tablet platform. However, we still find some usefulness in some of the iPad-only gestures, like the 5-finger pinch gesture to get to the home screen, or the multi-finger swipe gestures to move between opened apps.

The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review
The same old interface - iOS 5.1 - The new iPad (3) Review

The same old interface - iOS 5.1



Processor and Memory:

Although it might not come to thought at first, there’s no arguing that the iPad requires some serious processing power to handle the ridiculous intricacies surrounding its remarkable display resolution. Rather than starting anew with a totally different generation chipset, the new iPad opts to use its own A5x SoC, which consists of a 1GHz dual-core processor and a quad-core graphics processing unit. To further help things out, the new iPad is also graced with double the amount of RAM at 1GB. So how does it all come together? Well, it’s just like before – seamless, effortless, and willingly responsive with all operations. Everything, and we mean everything, is accompanied with that charismatic fluidity that we’re fond of seeing. Of course, it could be due to the A5x SoC, or tweaks to iOS 5.1, or even the combination, but one thing is evident throughout it all – it’s a speed demon. 

Unsurprisingly, the iPad is once again available in the same capacities as before – so it’s 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. To tell you the truth, we were hoping to see it increased considering the media-centric nature of the iPad, as well as the storage busting capacity of 1080p video recording.


Contacts:

Again, for anyone familiar with the iPad’s Contacts app, there isn’t anything new found with this iPad, as its presentation is laid out similarly to a physical address book. So whether it’s in portrait or landscape, it displays the listing in the left panel, while the pertinent individual information is placed on the right. It’s simple, self-explanatory, but then again, we’re not surprised since this is the theme with iOS.


Organizer:

Not a shocker people! The iPad’s core set of organizer apps look and function like they did before, so there’s nothing new here. Certainly, those who have grown fond of them already will have little issue, but still, it would’ve been nice to find something new.

Just like before, the calendar fully takes advantage of the iPad’s roomy confines, but thanks to the higher resolution, appointments noted in the monthly calendar are more visible than before. Aside from that, the experience is unchanged as we have the ability to create different calendars, each with its own color, so you can easily distinguish them.

The calendar of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
The calendar of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
The calendar of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
The calendar of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review

The calendar of the new iPad


The notepad - The new iPad (3) Review

The notepad

There is a notepad function available. When a new note is added and saved, a small description is shown on the main screen with the time that the note was added. When adding a new note, the keyboard will appear, and from there, you can begin typing whatever you want. Luckily, you can now sync notes you have stored with your email services so that you’ll never have to worry about losing them.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? That’s the motto that’s clearly evident with a lot of things with Apple’s products, but we’re still perplexed as to why, in the day and age, that the iPad still lacks native apps for things like an alarm clock, calculator, stocks, timer, weather, and a world clock. Mind-boggling to say the least, especially when the iPad’s notifications panel is in serious need of something to rent out its space. You might say we might be nitpicking because the App Store holds a ton of free apps, and that some people don’t use them all that often, but it would’ve been nice to still see them nonetheless.


Messaging:

Comforting, useful, spacious, and accurate. These are the profound words that can best describe typing on the iPad. Already versed in the intricacies and layout of the various on-screen keyboard options of the iPad, we find ourselves typing out long passages of text with minimal mistakes. As a challenge though, the split-style option will undoubtedly be a departure for some people, but even then, it proves to be ever so useful once it’s mastered. Add in one of the best auto-correct features, combined with its new and precise voice dictation service, its usefulness is now arguably spaced out.

On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
On-screen keyboard of the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review

On-screen keyboard of the new iPad

Email with the new iPad hasn’t changed as well, though, it’s good enough to handle our needs without much complications. Structured like before, the paneled layout is great in giving us full view of our inboxes, while selecting a message overlays the email’s contents. Yeah, it’s instrumental in getting us organized, but it still doesn’t have the depth of functionality found with Android’s Gmail experience. Nonetheless, we’re still able to set up most generic email and exchange accounts by providing our email address and password.

Email - The new iPad (3) Review
Email - The new iPad (3) Review
Email - The new iPad (3) Review

Email



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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:16 6

1. atree (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 May 2011)


still only last 10 hours on wifi!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:48 7

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I picked mine up at 8 am in Vegas,and have been on it super heavy since
,due to my being on vacation. When I got it it was at 91% now its at 64%. That's 27% drop in basically 6 hrs of very heavy usage. So it no doubt will get a lot more than 10 on wifi... That's what it's on too,wifi.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:31 8

26. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


nice story bro.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 06:12

60. greyhulk (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


Considering the fact that it's accomplishing this with a screen that has double the resolution and LEDs and 4X the number of pixels, not to mention twice the RAM and a quad core graphics chip, it's pretty impressive that it's not less. As it is, Apple had to cram 70% more battery into the form factor to keep it where it was.

I suppose Apple could have just doubled the battery on the iPad 2 and called it the iPad MAXX.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:19 11

2. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Good review John. If you have an iPad 2 there really is no diar reason to upgrade.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:13 4

38. cheetah2k (Posts: 869; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Its good to see that the most significant mind boggling awesome thing about the new ipad is the Samsung made IPS LCD screen.

This is perfect advertising for, and gives us all great hope for some brilliant Samsung Android tabs to be released in the not to distant future :)

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 20:32 7

50. imkyle (Posts: 1023; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Samsung has the best screens. My Galaxy s II is perfection

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 06:29

61. greyhulk (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)


My Note's screen is pretty badass, as well. Not sure I could ever go back to a lower resolution AMOLED display.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 06:28 1

78. aligx2001 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


the glaxy s II may have a good screen but its not retiena

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:58

79. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Retina is a definition only used by apple for advertising. In fact they changed the definition for the new iPad under the pretense that people hold it farther away making the pixels harder to see. Therefore if i hold an SII far enough away, according to apple it is a retina displa!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:30 11

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


"Surely, it’s enough to catch most people off guard, but that’s just the kind of magic found with it."

so now PA is saying its magical. lol.

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 21:06

81. Ipaboy (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


I want Ipad3

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:34 15

4. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I see Pa is still claiming the main new feature of the 'new' ipad being the screen is made by apple. Apple have truimphed everyone with the screen and the reviewer is amazed at how apple have done it. Apple did not make or invent this screen but leave the apple propoganda continue

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:13 9

19. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Does it matter that they did not make or invent the screen? Apple is not a hardware company like HTC is not a hardware. The screen is good, why don't the other company use the same screen, this an apply article so why are you being a hater?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:22 3

22. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Apple engineers designed the screen and it's the best screen on the market. You guys complain when Apple doesn't have the best specs and also complain when it does.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:24 20

23. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Wrong,apple did not engineer the screen

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 18:02 10

29. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Oh my gosh. Another one of you. Apple didn't engineer the screen. It was the work and supplies of Sharp, LG, and Samsung.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 18:36 7

30. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Please, do yourself a favor in order not to look like a stupid blind isheeep. Do some research before posting nonsensical statements. =]

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 02:12 4

58. asrr62 (Posts: 46; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


Its really funny how many silly iSh33p thumb down the comments lol

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 08:23 1

67. imgod (Posts: 13; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Get your facts right

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 18:48 18

31. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I totally agree man, and we talk bout 9/10 iPhonearena? 9 for a device that
-has NOT a File manager
-it is NOT compatible out of the box with SD and micro SD
-same UI as the 2007 iPhone (and there are NOT ways to edit it)
-is compatible with FEW video codec and file format
-it is NOT compatible with USB drivers
-the most important camera in a tablet (the front facing) has the LOWEST resolution of all the tablets in the market
-NO led flash for rear camera
-NO autofocus for rear camera (in video recording)

And i can continue for all the damn night...

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:19 3

40. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


And is still being rated the best tablet on the market and will outsell any other tablet 10-1. Must be a reason people want it. Maybe one day you'll try Apple and find out why.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 21:09 7

52. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Have you perhaps considered that we've tried Apple and found it lacking?

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 07:17 2

63. SleepingOz (unregistered)


No, he's too biased towards apple to think about that by himself.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 03:42

75. sbmhome (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


And that's fine that its not for you, but you are obviously in the VAST minority.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 03:45

76. sbmhome (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


That's fine if you don't like the iPad, but you are obviously in the minority.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 22:00 1

53. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


it got a 9 for being "simplistic."

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 03:34 2

59. dil2abu (Posts: 201; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


PhoneArena always gives high rating for Apple Products..

Xperia S best and powerful mobile got only 8.5..

s**t.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 08:45

68. saiki4116 (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


"NO autofocus for rear camera".ya,auto focus for rear camera helps to quickly take a pic of documents(macro shots).

posted on 18 Mar 2012, 05:58 1

72. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Do you know something about jailbreak?
oh yes...''jailbreak is another sh*t isn't it?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:38 9

5. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


How is the resolution "unbelievable"? It's perfectly believable, and not even groundbreaking, just evolutionary. Since it's a Samsung display (soon to be LG and Sharp as well once they get QC figured out) we'll see the same thing (if not better, due to aspect ratio) on many other tablets in the market within months

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:42 4

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you are right bro but since its an apple its magical and changes everything again.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:52 8

8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Samsung is indeed the supplier, but Apple engineered the screen.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:10 9

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


wrong apple did not create the screen...it was engineered by sharp and another....

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:20 8

13. blade19 (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)


I think the other is LG

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:29 9

25. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its just typical how Ifans think its all apple 'magic' when it turns out their rivals produced the technology

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 20:25

49. tddesk (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


You think so? Think again!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:50 6

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Jus go get ur android tab,and leave the iPad to the people that want the best.

posted on 18 Mar 2012, 06:00 1

73. tahnik (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


man,apple engineered the screen....sam,sharp,lg just supplied them....get a life....

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:51 4

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I have to say I was quite impressed by the new iPad. Extremely peppy, gorgeous screen, and the color saturation is quite nice. I played a few HD videos on YouTube and again, extremely impressed by the quality. Reading is far easier on the new iPad as well. I think screen resolution was one of the major problems with trying to read for a long period of time on the original iPad and iPad 2. That problem is no more. Definitely a bigger step forward than the iPad 2 was to the original.

I think my only complaint is the weight. I know it's that much heavier than the iPad 2...but I remember even holding the iPad 2 and my hands just getting tired after a while. We may be a few years away from the iPad being as light as say a Kindle, but I look forward to that day. I think I'm also kind of disappointed that there aren't too many extras. I loved the addition of the SmartCovers and was disappointed not to see any other cool accessories debuting with this guy.

Still, I think this takes a nice step forward. I'm excited to see what graphically heavy games will result from this.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:54 3

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The reviewer isnt a fanboy or anything lol jk

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:18 6

20. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Why are all the Android fanboy acting like little baby. If apple people want it so be it. It is a good update, a higher clock cpu, a quad-core GPU ( same as the vita), a better camera, a better screen and for the same prices. So ya it is a good update.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:40 4

47. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I was joking and basically refering to the fact that he kept calling it magical. I wasn't bashing Apple or the product, but by saying a device is magical is over the top and silly.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 22:07 3

54. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


"Some might complain about the lack of manual settings, but therein lies the iPad’s beauty as staying firm with a simplistic interface."

Umm, kinda does sound like spinning negatives into positives...unless unbiased reviewers are supposed do those kinds of things.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:01 7

10. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Terrible review with misleading info such as (faster processor?). ITS THE CPU (1Ghz Dual-Core), and an upped GPU. And the camera is hardly earth shattering since all other tablets have been doing 1080p for months and months now. Please re-review, lots of other stuff that is misleading.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:52 4

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U don't need to do too much to upgrade a Bentley do u?
iPad is the Bentley, or phantom rolls of the tablet world. Stop hating.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 12:15 1

70. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


What you said makes no sense, so you would rather see tiny incremental updates to the same product then an entire better product. I can tell you bentley doesnt sell a 2012 model and then tells the people well the 2013 only has shinier rims and the interior dash board looks prettier. Are you serious?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:19

21. ngo2dd (Posts: 793; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


You are pretty dumb, just because it is the same clock speed does not make it is the same as the normal A5

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 22:26 4

55. tmcr7 (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Yes you are right! It is NOT the normal A5 despite still being a dual-core processor. It is the A5X!!! They just added an X can't you see? You dumb!

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 12:28

71. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


Ya its like when you buy a car and its the G37 and G37S, oh wait there is actually a difference there!

Ipad Processor A5
Dual-Core CPU Rated at 1Ghz
Dual-Core GPU PowerVR SGX543MP2

Ipad Processor A5X
Dual-Core CPU Rated at 1Ghz
Quad-Core GPU PowerVR SGX543MP4

Again as i stated before only difference in GPU, Processor still years behind todays standards and not 4x more powerful the Tegra3.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:14 7

12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


had a play with the new ipad and my thought is that if you not bothered about the high res screen then stickt to the ipad 2 as speed wise its the same...i will say though the screen on the new ipad is AMAZING....probably the best screen i have seen.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 22:32 2

56. tmcr7 (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


You should see the screen of the Galaxy Tab 7.7!

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:26 1

14. denmcdon (Posts: 88; Member since: 07 Jun 2009)


CPU I hear is now clocked at 1200 MHz

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 15:41

15. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Phone arena and Apple S old S

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:24 3

24. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's quadruple the iPad2 resolution, not double. Seriously, PA, you need to invest in writers who are knowledgeable in tech.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 16:37

27. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Bet you failed maths at school.
1024 x 2 = 2048
768 x 2 = 1536

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 18:58 1

32. tedkord (Posts: 5261; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Resolution is the total number of pixels on the screen. They've doubled the number horizontally and vertically, which comes to 4 times the pixels. Try it yourself.

(2048x1536)/(1024x768)

Better use a calculator, as this 7th grade math is clearly above you.

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 07:44 1

65. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Thanks you for correcting my understanding of what it is.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:01 2

33. drtech (banned) (Posts: 135; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Typical fandroid making himself look like an idiot

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 19:41 4

48. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sorry drtech are we stealing your stupidity spotlight?

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