Apple iPad (Gen 3) Tablet Review
The new iPad is here, with an incredible screen.
Video controls are the same as they would be on any other iOS 5 device: the play/pause button at the bottom of the screen along with the fast forward/rewind buttons disappear after a few moments to make way for your video content. Overall, it's a fairly simplistic interface, but that's great: you don't want an overly complicated mess of control governing your video usage.
Videos are managed by iTunes on your computer, and on the video app of your iPad. Their layout is more or less analagous to how music is sorted, keeping a uniform interface for downloaded media.
This tablet can handle most of what's thrown at it in terms of video files, which includes H.264, H.263, H.263, MPEG-4, M-JPEG,.m4v,.mp4,.mov,.avi, and the ever-classic.mpg file formats. With this list of format support, you shouldn't have any troubles unless you have a huge library of outdated or foreign video file formats.
The iPad remains one of the best streaming platforms on the market (or at least, easiest to use). With the presence of several different clients in the App store, and a YouTube app pre-installed, you can choose between a boat-load of streaming clients for your online video, assuming you have a reliable connection. Controls are very much the same as they would be with another file, unless the app itself has a native control scheme (like Netflix does).
Video Battery Life
After playing back one of the most terrible movies ever made on repeat, we discovered that the new iPad's battery life while playing videos is about 5 hours, 55 minutes if you crank the backlight all the way, shut off WiFi, location services, and all other processes. While this isn't a great result, it certainly isn't the worst we've seen. Still, considering that the screen of the new iPad isn't even close to as bright as some of the Android competition, this result is not good enough to impress from a hardware standpoint.
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