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Apple iPad (Gen-3) Review

The now discontinued 3rd gen. iPad features a particularly incredible screen.

March 16, 2012
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Science Introduction

The 3rd generation iPad proved to be an impressive and well-adjusted performer. Its screen is especially clear, promising a very accurate color gamut. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the 3rd gen's battery life, which was a little underwhelming.

Screen Performance

The first true retina display on a tablet.

The screen of the new iPad is 7.5625 × 5.875 with an enormous resolution of 2046 × 1536 pixels. What does this mean for you? Well, aside from its net DPI of 264 pixels, its resolution makes it very close to a true retina display, meaning that the human eye can not distinguish the pixels in the screen if viewed by a person with 20/20 vision at a distance of over a foot.

When we initially heard Apple’s claims that its gamut was “40% better,” we weren’t sure exactly what to think. Well, looking at what we found, we can see that there was a drastic improvement, and possibly the best color gamut so far. While there is a certain level of error, and a shift in the blues, this screen is by far and away the most accurate on the market.

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Battery Life

We finally finished our battery tests, and the results are extremely underwhelming.

While we believe that there’s the high probability the screen brightness plays a factor in this battery life test, the new iPad lags behind the competition, and even its previous iteration, the iPad 2. Not only did the iPad fall behind in battery life with all additional processes terminated and the backlight cranked, but it did so with the Wi-Fi and location services turned off.

Considering the size and weight of the battery, it’s a little baffling that it can’t quite defeat the competing Android tablets in battery life, especially considering that they outperform the new iPad in terms of screen brightness by a large margin. Perhaps in time Apple will release a software upgrade that will help the new iPad with resource management, but this score is just bad considering the iPad’s former throne as “best on the market.” On top of all this, the battery itself takes far longer to charge than most tablets, often taking 5+ hours to charge completely.

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