Performance:

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.


Conclusion:

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



Pros

  • Unbelievable 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Solid build quality
  • Above average battery life
  • Consistent, solid performance
  • Shoots good-looking photos & videos

Cons

  • Not enough noteworthy enhancements with iOS 5.1

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

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86 Comments

1. atree

Posts: 25; Member since: May 20, 2011

still only last 10 hours on wifi!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; 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: 1112; 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: 2190; 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: 1112; 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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