New iPad Review

March 28, 2012

Hello “New iPad Wi-Fi + 4G” – it is certainly a mouthful for us advocators of brevity. Think it’s safe to say that most of us will begin terming it the iPad 3 – resistant to Apple’s world domination plans! It is what it is! One of the most irksome phrases we tend to hear. But in this case. We will allow it.

Apple’s US headquarters have indeed branded the iPad 3 with 4G but unfortunately in the UK, this is no use, as the tablet’s cellular radio doesn’t work with UK frequencies.

It does seem to look remarkably like the iPad 2 but with a slight overhaul of technicalities maybe undetectable to the untrained eye.

Apple New iPad Spec

Price: £499 – £659
Screen: 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 pixels
Processor and RAM: Dual Core Apple A5X; 1 GB of RAM
Storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64 GB
Cameras: VGA front-facing; 5 megapixel rear
Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.37 inches
Weight: 1.43 pounds

What’s the difference?

The difference in power between an iPad 1 and a new iPad is dramatic; but when you compare Apple’s latest tablet to the one that came right before it, the difference is imperceptible unless you’re running a heavy application.

There are 3 main improvements which clearly differentiate the iPad 3 from its predecessors:

Pixels and weight

The new iPad is nearly 60g heavier than the previous iteration, and while it’s not terrible, it does bear for those who like to hold it whilst reading or watching a movie.

The added pixels have definitely made a difference for things like internet browsing; photo viewing and movie sessions which are much improved over the iPad 2, and is one of the main reasons to pick up the new iPad.

The experience can be quite dramatic, with the screen bursting with color and sharpness  that make  high-res photographs look impossibly good.

Text looks sharper on the new iPad than on any other electronic device.

There are a million more pixels in the new iPad than in a 1920 x 1080 HDTV. That means:the little 9.5-inch tablet has more dots than the 50-inch flat screen. Quite impressive.

Bigger battery

To achieve the better pixels and LED back lighting they have installed bigger batteries to drive it all.The extra weight and thickness of the new iPad is largely due to a battery almost double the size of the one found in the iPad 2, to cope with  increased power needs.

Rear facing camera upgrade

The third and final material difference in the new iPad is the revised rear-facing camera. For us, this camera is only really called upon for occasional webchat use, in order to show our caller what we’re seeing, switching cameras from the FaceTime or Skype interface. But Apple at least is touting the new iPad’s 5Mp iSight camera as something to film and snap the family with.

Should I get one?

Nice to have but maybe not necessary. The extras that you now get in the cloud (such as films and music) are great, and extend the iPad hugely – but the hardware extension isn’t, in the end, what it’s about. The experience is what it’s about.

If you don’t have a tablet and you want to buy a tablet, buy this tablet. It’s excellent. But unless you are a comic book fanatic or do a ton of reading on your previous-gen ‘Pad, there is no reason to upgrade from an iPad 2. It’s simply not that much of a difference. Yes, it’s better brighter faster stronger, but the hard truth of this new iPad is, it’s not very new.

What’s missing

No SD slot or USB connection, no direct HDMI out.

No function for AVI or Flash Files

No function to browse file system

No function to add extra storage

…and to conclude.

Let’s face it, the iPad 3 is definitely the best tablet on the market. This cannot be refuted.

And tablets are the future of home computing.

If you are buying your first tablet, we would recommend going for this one, however if you are wanting to upgrade, be warned that you could be disappointed with the lack of “resolutionary” progress with Apple’s newest addition.

The iPad 3 puts Apple a mile ahead of any of the other Android tablets.

The interface is unchanged. Incrementally there have been additions – especially the screen and also the camera capability and graphics as well as the mobile broadband capability.

However, if you don’t think you’ll be able to tell the difference in the screen then relax as the iPad 2 is now cheaper than before.





Written by abica

Abica is a Glasgow based business telecoms and IT provider. Together with our IT Division, pcr, we provide businesses with a full range of high quality telecoms and IT products and services tailored to fit around your business.

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