The new iPad (3) Review9
battery life right from the onset. Well, as Apple so carefully mentioned at its press event, the new iPad is capable of getting the same battery life results as the iPad 2 before it. Rightfully so, we can confirm those allegations as the new iPad has the absolute capacity in getting us through a solid one day of heavy usage while constantly connected to the network. Naturally, relying solely on Wi-Fi increases its output, but in any event, battery life isn’t much a concern with this one.
Exactly one year since the iPad 2’s release, Apple has seemingly upped the ante in the tablet space with its latest model – yet again! Call it magical, call it surreal, but whatever you want to say, the new iPad thunderously establishes itself as the benchmark for all other tablets going forward. As we’ve come to expect, it employs all the incremental upgrades to make it a feared competitor – like its new camera, faster processor, larger capacity battery, and unbelievable display. Thinking about it more, it’s amazing to know how much they’ve raised the bar in terms of display technology. Absolutely, it’s one that’s bound to attract people far and wide not only for the stupendous hardware that it beholds, but for its intuitive and simplistic platform experience as well.
For those of you looking to buy any sort of tablet or simply holding dearly to that first-generation iPad, this new one should be a no-brainer consideration, but if you currently lay claim to the iPad 2, it’s rather complicated. Unless you require 4G LTE connectivity or prefer a sharper looking display, there’s very little reasoning to make the upgrade. Then again, after taking a sneak peek at the new iPad’s Retina display, you might find yourself enchanted by it – thus, making that impulse decision to switch. Surely, it’s enough to catch most people off guard, but that’s just the kind of magic found with it.
Pricing, as we’ve come to know all too well, has some major implications on whether it can make or break a device. Taking into account all of the wonderful hardware it’s packing, it astonishes us to find it sporting the same price structure as before – meaning, it has a base price of $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, and on the other end of the spectrum, there’s the $829 64GB 4G LTE version. Whichever one you look at, it boasts a ton of value for the buck, but more importantly, it provides us with an endearing testament as to what we expect out of a $500 tablet.
Software version of the reviewed unit:
iOS Version: 5.1
- Unbelievable 2048 x 1536 resolution
- Solid build quality
- Above average battery life
- Consistent, solid performance
- Shoots good-looking photos & videos
- Not enough noteworthy enhancements with iOS 5.1
The new iPad (3) Review - Performance and Conclusion