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The new iPad (3) Review

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Thinking back to the unveiling of the iPhone 4S, we were all eager to find real 4G support, but it was sadly missing. Thankfully, Apple didn’t skimp out this time around, as they’ve blessed the new iPad with 4G LTE connectivity. Well, it’s actually two variants where one is meant to play nice with AT&T, while the other being Verizon (sorry, Sprint and T-Mobile customers, you’re out of luck for now). With our AT&T variant, it’s able to deliver some delicious speeds that are indicative of any LTE driven device. Complex pages like ours load in a jiffy, and to sweeten the whole deal, the web browsing performance is still as immaculate as before. Even better, the Retina display enhances the experience as it brings text and pictures to life.

Web browsing on the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
Web browsing on the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
Web browsing on the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review
Web browsing on the new iPad - The new iPad (3) Review

Web browsing on the new iPad



Connectivity:

As we’ve pointed out already, AT&T and Verizon are blessed with 4G LTE enabled iPads, but for the rest of the world, they’re given a model that will be compatible with the many  HSPA+ networks out there. Rounding things out, the iPad has been outfitted with the usual suspect of incremental connectivity upgrades – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. For those picking up Verizon’s version, you’ll be glad to find mobile hotspot functionality out of the box – and it’s free too!


Camera:

Finally people! We remarked about the unfriendly nature of the iPad’s camera interface, but now that iOS 5.1 is here, it seemingly corrects some of the dissatisfactions we’ve had with it. Visually, it’s still uncomplicated and clean looking, as the on-screen shutter key is now positioned at a more accessible area on the right side – whereas before, it was annoyingly placed on the bottom edge. Still, it you prefer a physical response, you can accomplish taking a snapshot by pressing on the volume up button. As for the rest, it’s identical as touching the display adjusts focus and exposure accordingly – while long pressing enables AE lock. Some might complain about the lack of manual settings, but therein lies the iPad’s beauty as staying firm with a simplistic interface.

Camera interface - The new iPad (3) Review
Camera interface - The new iPad (3) Review
Camera interface - The new iPad (3) Review

Camera interface


Along with the friendly new placement of the on-screen shutter key, we’re ecstatic to find the iPad bearing a much more capable camera – whereas the one on the iPad 2 distracted us with its abysmal quality. Much like the iPhone 4 and 4S, the new iPad’s 5-megapixel camera is seemingly well adept to capturing those precious moments, though, it’s still kind of awkward to whip out a tablet in public to snap a shot. Overall, it delivers some exciting results as details are robust and colors maintain neutral tones to exemplify its prowess under perfect lighting conditions. It’s also pretty decent for low-lighting shots, seeing that it properly adjusts exposure to lighten and draw out details. However, it would’ve been nice to see an LED flash along for the ride, but it’s sadly omitted this time around.

There’s no arguing that the 720p video recording quality of the iPad 2 didn’t impress us, but rather, we questioned its validity since it was far from anything deemed as “high-definition.” Perhaps, Apple has learned from its hard lesson, as they’ve been able to sooth thing outs with the new iPad’s 1080p recording. Coughing up some crisp looking visuals, it’s indeed appealing to watch, even better when it’s complemented with clear audio recording, natural looking colors, and a smooth frame rate. Well, we can’t think of many occasions when it’s necessary to shoot video with a tablet, but if you find yourself in an unusual predicament where it’s needed, the iPad  delivers the goods.


Multimedia:

So yeah, the “Photos” app of the iPad is still the same one we’re familiar with, which is a shame in a way, but that’s just the way it is. Basically, its purpose is to display photos and videos (obviously), but beyond that, there are some basic editing functions for photos – such as rotating, cropping, and auto-enhance. However, you might want to look into purchasing Apple’s iPhoto app (or some other capable app) if you plan on doing some professional grade editing work with your photos.

The Photos app - The new iPad (3) Review
The Photos app - The new iPad (3) Review
The Photos app - The new iPad (3) Review

The Photos app



To tell you the truth, if there’s one area that sorely needs a visual upgrade, it has to be the music player of the iPad. Simply put it, the conventional look it has going is too tiresome at this point, and pales in comparison to the eye candy found with others. Like seriously, it needs a makeover to somehow bring Apple’s tried and true Coverflow mode found with the iPhone, to the big leagues with the iPad. Overlooking that, the iPad’s single speaker is still properly dispersing audio, since it’s placed at an angle.  Emitting a decent amount of oomph with its output, there’s no evidence of crackling or strain at the loudest volume setting.

The music player is good but old - The new iPad (3) Review
The music player is good but old - The new iPad (3) Review
The music player is good but old - The new iPad (3) Review
The music player is good but old - The new iPad (3) Review

The music player is good but old



Delighting us tremendously already thanks to its unbelievable high resolution, the iPad is more than capable of producing a wonderful video watching experience. Besides the hassle of having to convert videos to have them load properly on the 4:3 aspect ratio display of the tablet, our eyes are entertained by a visual masterpiece on screen. Many thanks can be attributed to its Apple A5x SoC, it provides the raw power to smoothly play our test video with no fluff whatsoever.

The new iPad produces excellent image quality thanks to the Retina display - The new iPad (3) Review
The new iPad produces excellent image quality thanks to the Retina display - The new iPad (3) Review
The new iPad produces excellent image quality thanks to the Retina display - The new iPad (3) Review
The new iPad produces excellent image quality thanks to the Retina display - The new iPad (3) Review

The new iPad produces excellent image quality thanks to the Retina display



Requiring the aid of an optional digital AV adapter, just like the iPad 2 before it, we’re given the added functionality of having a mirrored experience on our high-def TV. Fortunately, the interaction with the iPad is instant with no delay or lag with its response.


Software:

The new iPad (3) Review
Witnessing very few new features thus far with the iOS 5.1 experience, we can tell you that nothing has changed with some of the customary software preloaded with the iPad. Whether its iBooks, Newsstand, Google Maps, or YouTube, nothing has changed with them in terms of functionality and presentation – they’re in fact, unchanged. Well, in order to experience some freshness, you’ll need to look at some of the Apple’s lifestyle apps that consist of iMovie, iPhoto, and Garageband, which all incur a $4.99 charge from the App Store. Some will grumble over the required out of pocket cost, but they do enhance multimedia aspect of the iPad.

One key area that’s bound to see an aggressive focus in the near future is gaming. There’s no hiding the fact that it’s an increasing venture for the iPad, especially now more than ever thanks to its four graphics processing cores, but as of right now with the current crop of titles, we don’t notice much of a drastic improvement – say like Modern Combat 3. However, we can expect developers to tap into the iPad’s new processing power to really accentuate new titles down the road.

Preinstalled software - The new iPad (3) Review
Preinstalled software - The new iPad (3) Review
Preinstalled software - The new iPad (3) Review
Preinstalled software - The new iPad (3) Review

Preinstalled software



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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: 12024; 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: 120; 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: 1010; 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: 844; 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: 1010; 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: 120; 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: 1962; 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: 787; 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: 1962; 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: 31; 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: 402; 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: 7126; 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: 356; 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: 3826; 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: 1962; 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: 12024; 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: 3034; 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: 787; 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: 3034; 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: 12024; 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: 787; 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: 159; 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: 159; 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: 4988; 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: 4988; 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: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sorry drtech are we stealing your stupidity spotlight?

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