The new iPad (3) Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.