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The new iPad (3) Review

Posted: , by John V.



The new iPad (3) Review
Knowing that this beast is packing a speedy Apple A5x SoC, 4G LTE connectivity, and an intense Retina display, one would hands down question its 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
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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: 24899; 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: 162; 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: 1086; 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: 1746; 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: 1086; 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: 162; 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: 1999; 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: 896; 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: 1999; 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: 56; 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: 435; 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: 7305; 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: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)

it got a 9 for being "simplistic."

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 03:34 2

59. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

PhoneArena always gives high rating for Apple Products..

Xperia S best and powerful mobile got only 8.5..


posted on 17 Mar 2012, 08:45

68. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; 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: 189; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)

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

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