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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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Music & Audio Controls

Users of the iPod touch will recognize the playback screen anywhere. While the scale of some of the elements are very different, the layout is essentially the same. There's a scrub bar at the top, along with track information, album art in the middle, and volume slider at the side. Advanced playback options can be accessed by tapping the appropriate icon.

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Rock out.

Music & Audio Management

The iPad uses virtually the same interface as the iPod touch does, and if you're familiar with that, you're golden. If not, we can walk you through it. All of your music is managed by the iTunes program on your home computer, which you can sync your device with. Once you do that, your library of music (what you've selected to be synced, anyway) should be uploaded onto your device, and you can easily navigate through your music by song title, artist, album, genre, or playlist.

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It's not perfect, but it works.

If you'd like, you can even create your own playlists from the iPad. As far as portable media devices go, the iPad makes it easy with its straightforward process. Visit our iOS explored page for a more detailed description of the process.

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Music & Audio Battery Life

Over 24 hours, the iPad was able to play back music consistently and without interruption. We're not surprised, as the screen automatically turning off saves a ton of battery life.

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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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