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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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Conclusion

Now that we've finished testing the new iPad, what we've seen so far is very impressive: its screen is amazing for a tablet, it has the same established operating system that other iOS devices have, and it doesn't try to re-invent the wheel. Many of the features on the new iPad are things that exist on the old ones, but they've been improved to compete with 2012's crop of tablet contenders. It's a smart release for Apple.

That's not to say that there aren't a couple areas of concern, as the device itself is still a bit on the heavy side, and it doesn't have some of the features that set some of the better Android tablets apart from the pack. On top of this, there is the issue of the unit overheating rather quickly, and a battery life that fails to compete with other high-end tablets. While the screen is impressive, the hardware itself doesn't do much to make a name for itself, especially considering Apple stuck with a dual-core CPU, and seems to be playing catchup to other tablets.

Where the iPad does shine is its software: with Apple's great interface, and a stunningly-crisp screen, the iPad is probably the most polished machine we've run across. While there are fans and detractors of everything Apple, the performance points stand on their own, and if you believe that this is the tablet for you, we feel that we've given you the best picture possible before buying it.

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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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