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Apple iPad (Gen 3) Tablet Review

The new iPad is here, with an incredible screen.

March 16, 2012
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Apple iPad 2

Device & Specs

The device comparison here really isn't fair, but let's recap how the new iPad is different from the iPad 2: it has a quad-core GPU (though only dual-core CPU), a much larger battery, it's 1mm thicker, bluetooth 4.0, a better camera (5MP), and oh yeah, an incredible screen. The iPad 2 isn't a bad tablet either, but the new iPad is definitely going to be closer to what is competitive for the next year. The iPad 2 has a much smaller resolution, smaller battery, smaller processor, smaller camera, and smaller amount of RAM (512MB vs. 1GB).

Screen

Another unfair comparison, the new iPad blows its predecessor out of the water by having around double the resolution, better contrast ratio, and an unbelievable color gamut for a tablet.

Battery

eReader

Because both operate off of the same operating system, there is virtually no difference here outside of text crispness, which really shouldn't matter to you.

Internet

Here too, both have virtually identical internet features, as both run off of iOS 5. The new iPad is more likely to be updated for longer, though, so this might change in 2 years.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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