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The new iPad (iPad 3) Review

The new iPad (iPad 3) Review

The new iPad Review (3rd Generation)
The new iPad

 

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Shown above we have a comparison with the iPad 2 (left) and a black model is also available. As can be seen the two devices look near identical from the front with a plain white bezel around the edges only broken by the front facing 640×480 pixel camera (matching the iPad 2 version). The front camera may be the same but the screen itself is completely different. Gone is the 1024×768 (132ppi) model from the iPad 2 and in its place is a 2048×1536 resolution "Retina" display (IPS) which uses 264pixels per inch and has improved colour saturation. The screen also has fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating and of course has multi-touch capability.

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By looking at the sides of the two devices we can see that the new iPad is around 0.6mm thicker with the other dimensions being identical at 241.2×185.7mm. Weight has changed also, the new model hitting just over 660g (wifi-4G) compared to 610g (wifi-3G) on the older device.

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As with the last generation the back of the new iPad is metal, aluminium in fact and in the centre we have the Apple logo with the iPad detail further down. At the bottom edge we can see the speaker grill and the standard iPad connector for charging and data use. Also worthy of note is the black panel at the top of the new iPad, this signifies the 4G version with the Wi-Fi only model looking more like the design on the left.

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The top left corner of the iPad is where we find the 3.5mm headphone socket as well as the sim slot and microphone and over at the top right is the power/lock button. Turning round the corner takes us to the mute/screen rotation lock slider and next to that is volume. The other item of note in this area is the back camera, this like the display has received an upgrade from the last iPad along with an updated (yet re-used) name… iSight. This is a 5 megapixel camera with 5 element lens and the ability to record 1080p video.

Apple A5X Processor

Inside the new iPad we have the latest A5X dual core CPU with built in quad core graphics (rather than separate as with the last generation) which runs at 1GHz, the same frequency as the last generation. Power is provided to the unit by a 42.5W-h lithium-ion battery and storage volumes of 16, 32 and 64GB are available and paired with 1GB of memory.

Elsewhere in the new iPad we have Bluetooth 4.0, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer and GPS. Wi-Fi-n support includes 5GHz networks for those on higher specification connections.

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