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.


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.

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.


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




1. atree

Posts: 25; Member since: May 20, 2011

still only last 10 hours on wifi!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

26. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

nice story bro.

60. greyhulk

Posts: 181; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

2. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 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 :)

50. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

61. greyhulk

Posts: 181; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

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

78. aligx2001

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

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

79. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 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!

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.

81. Ipaboy

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

I want Ipad3

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

19. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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?

22. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

23. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Wrong,apple did not engineer the screen

29. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

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. =]

58. asrr62

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

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

67. imgod

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Get your facts right

31. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 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...

40. drtech

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

52. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

63. SleepingOz unregistered

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

75. sbmhome

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

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

76. sbmhome

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

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

53. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

it got a 9 for being "simplistic."

59. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

PhoneArena always gives high rating for Apple Products.. Xperia S best and powerful mobile got only 8.5.. s**t.

68. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

72. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

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