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Apple iPad (Gen 4) Tablet Review

The fourth iPad is here, and is extremely similar to the previous version.

November 02, 2012
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Video Controls

iOS 6 (the iPad's operating system) has a somewhat outdated, but still very functional stable of video controls during movie playback. If you tap the screen while your video is playing, a small bubble with a play/pause icon, and TKTKTK. While it is a rather bright and annoying overlay, it disappears rather quickly to allow you to use the full screen of your iPad to watch your video file.

Video Management

Videos can either be filed in the music or TKTKTK app. TKTKTK

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Video Formats

According to the Apple website, the iPad can handle playback of H.264, M-JPEG,.m4v,.mp4,.mov,.3gp, and.mpg files with its video player. Unfortunately, due to the fact that additional file support requires a new video player app, you'll have to try your luck in the App Store to find a video player app that supports other filetypes.

Internet Video

One of the major advantages of having a device with iOS on it is the ability to stream video content from all the major players. Amazon instant video, Netflix, Hulu+, you name it. The YouTube app is suspiciously missing, though after Apple's messy break from Google services, it's not all that surprising. You can still access it from the Safari Browser, however.

Video Battery Life

Clocking in at 5 hours and 38 minutes playing back the ever-so-terrible Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the Apple iPad (4th Gen.) has somewhat lackluster battery life. Keep in mind, though, that there's a bunch of things you can do to raise or lower the performance, as we test with the backlight maxed out, and the WiFi turned off. Changing either of these settings will alter your battery's performance.

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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. Conclusion
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