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The iPad is dead, long live the iPad... although only an incremental upgrade, the new iPad 4 has been released to usurp this model.
However, at only £359 the iPad 3 is still on sale and still offers a strong experience with the latest version of Apple's operating system, iOS 6.
However, the iPad 3 is a device that from the outside looks remarkably like the iPad 2 but with an overhaul on the innards.
The question most people ask us when it comes to the third iteration is: what's different from the old one?
Well, in this case it's pretty easy: there's a Retina Display that makes everything looks superbly crisp, an updated A5X processor bringing quad-core graphics and a 5MP camera on the rear with a VGA sensor on the front.
Before we get onto all the normal insight over the frame of the new iPad, it's worth talking about the main feature: the Retina Display.
Apple has packed a huge amount more pixels into the 9.7-inch screen - 1536 x 2048 to be exact. However, despite the fact that the Cupertino brand makes a big thing about the 330 PPI density of the iPhone 4, we're looking at a screen that's technically a lot less sharp than its smartphone brethren
The colour reproduction will also appeal to many, as it's pretty close to reality - it lacks the punch of the Super AMOLED HD screens seen on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note for instance, but it will depend on personal preference as to whether that's a good thing.
We like the vivid colours of Samsung's screens, but we know plenty of people that loathe them too.
The main thing is things like internet browsing; photo viewing and movie sessions are all much, much improved over the iPad 2, and is one of the main reasons to pick up the iPad 3.
I bought the iPad 3 at release, which at the time of writing was about six months ago. This review is not so much about the technical abilities of the iPad (which are well covered elsewhere), but more about the difficult-to-define allure of the product.
People I know who also own an iPad, or who are considering buying one, often seem to spend some time coming up with justifications for the purchase: it'll help with their work, it will be great to watch movies on the train, it will keep the kids amused. After all, no-one *needs* an iPad; we can all get along quite adequately without one and at the back of our minds we are well aware of this. The iPad is expensive and for most of us it's a lot of money to fork out on what is essentially a luxury item. Deciding what you want to get out of the iPad, and whether there's a cheaper alternative available might be questions worth considering before committing.
Having thought through the sensible stuff though, I, like many others was seduced, and parted quite happily with £500 odd in the expectation of...what exactly? You often see the words "Apple" and "magic" in the same sentence, and this ability to produce products which go beyond one's expectations are at the core of the company's success. Having bought an iMac a year or so ago, I was confident that I would again have my investment in an Apple device repaid several times over in the sheer enjoyment which goes with an amazement at the uncanny perfection of the product's capabilities. So, there I was in the Apple store, seated at a table, an attendant at the quasi-mystical ceremony at which my own iPad was removed from its packaging and prepared for set up. As this was the first day on sale, various people gathered to watch in awe. I was required to do the unboxing and unveiling, instructed in every move by the assistant. After removing the protective sleeve it was time to flick the button and bring life to the screen. A hush descended. As smooth as silk, the interface appeared in all its cool beauty. This truly was a work of art. Six months on and it's almost always in constant use, whether by me or another member of the family. Interestingly, different aspects seem to appeal to different people. For me it's the mail which is probably the singularly most useful feature. I have my work email as well as private email accounts all in the mail application. The messages are clearly laid out, and writing and responding I find is easy enough on the keyboard, though I know a lot of people don't find it so; it takes a while to adapt your hand shape to the keyboard, but the predictive text ensures that even if you hit the wrong key the word will probably still appear as you intended. Somehow Apple have made even such a mundane program as mail glamorous, and Excel, Word and pdf documents look spectacularly clear and professional on the retina display.
Kids love the apps, particularly the gaming ones of course, and there's always a new one coming along in this seemingly inexhaustible supply of the new and extraordinary.
Photos look a million dollars on the new screen and iPhoto ensures that albums can be easily organised. The iPad cleverly syncs with your PC so not just photos, but music moves seamlessly between the two.
iTunes, YouTube and the BBC app mean you could be entertained for hours, if you should so choose. Whatever you watch you'll be treated to pin-sharp definition. The sound is fine on the basic headphones.
All these things, in my opinion, make this a luxury worth having. However, the iPad is somehow more than the sum of its parts, and the robustness of its manufacture (I can attest to this as it's been dropped from a height on more than one occasion) together with the absolute lack of any indication whatsoever that there are actually processors whirring and chips buzzing below that crystalline surface, instil a confidence that this is somehow more than just a mass-market device. I defy you not to be beguiled...
I love apple products as they are very stylish, simplistic and easy to use. The iPad is perfect for browsing the Internet in front of the television. It has a high resolution camera which is perfect for capturing spontaneous home moments and then being able to send pictures back to family and friends.
There is not much difference between this iPad and the previous model. You get a higher resolution screen which is noticeable and it is faster browsing. One of the major downsides of the iPad is that it has a short battery life and it takes a long time to re-charge. Thus can be quite annoying.
The best thing about the iPad is that it is so portable. You can carry it around in your bag and use it on the go. For example I bought the keypad to go with it and I often use it in lectures to take notes. I also like to use it in cafe's. It is a lot less cumbersome than a laptop.
I use my iPad a lot to contact family. It is perfect to use for Skype and FaceTime and you can carry it around the house easily which allows you to show things to friends and family and to switch rooms easily whilst you talk.
If you are not used to Apple products it will be difficult to use. I believe that you pay a premium for Apple products because they are stylish and desirable. There are plenty of tablets on the market that are as or more capable and come at a cheaper price.
Overall the iPad has a desirability that the other tablets can't rival. It is simplistic yet stylish.
I absolutely love my ipad! I've had it for about 3 years now and I'm addicted to it. I use for almost anything, watching catch up tv and using my social media accounts. The screen is more than large enough for watching tv on and is great picture quality. The sound quality is again, perfect even at higher volumes and allows for amazing music to be played. The set up is of course just like that for the iphones and ipods and so allows for an easy transitions between all three. It also allows for pictures to be shared across all your devices on the same apple account, however the device itself is rather too large to be taking photos in everyday life. A sim card is needed if you wish to access the internet when not in a WiFi zone and so I use it only in WiFi zones, although this is not really an issue.
The settings allow for notifications from social media to come through, which is great and means that when watching a movie you never have to be apart from your friends. Obviously, huge numbers of games are downloadable from the app store to help you to pass the time and it allows for excellent balancing on your legs when you aren't near a table.
The easy to use home button is located on the side and is a perfect size for use on a large device such as this. The device, whilst being large, is small enough the be carried in a handbag for use on public transport etc...
I would definitely recommend you to buy the ipad as it is a wonderful device.
This is another fantastic product created by Apple. Its light, hard to break, and slim which ensures that you can carry it around with you everywhere. I am not a technician, so understand that this view is from the perspective of an average user . IOS7, the latest apple software, is extremely quick and easy to navigate, and has a plush feel which makes using the device feel almost luxurious. I have never experienced any problems with this device crashing or being unable to load which means it is reliable. Additionally, the high-definition graphics are a major plus. However, are from the graphics achieved if you purchase a later ipad with retina display: on these you will realize that the clear viewing and sharp colors will have a great impact on your view of the item.
Everyone in the family will enjoy using this product, whether for browsing, working, social networking or just playing games- the possibilities are endless. Also, siri is very helpful and i would definitely miss not having it if I had purchased an earlier generation of the ipad.
The only thing that I would say about this ipad is that although it is a decent increase in price, is not much different from the ipad 3. The speed, image, and content do not really vary. So, unless you are highly bothered about being able to upgrade to later apple software in the future, I may recommend purchasing the second generation as most of the pros and cons are the similar or the same, and the price tag will be a lot less.
I must say, Macbooks and Mac computers do not interest me in the slightest. There, I said it. They are a bit out of my price range for the sort of activities I would be using them for. (Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that they are worth the money for somebody that would be able to take advantage of the Mac-specific programmes out there. They're just not for me.)
That said, I really do not know what I would do without my iPhone and iPad.
Having had iPhone's for about five years now, I was intrigued to see if the iPad could outdo my love affair with this ingenious piece of technology.
To be perfectly honest, the iPad for me is just a larger version of its relative the iPhone. But what you don't realise until you get an iPad is just how useful this is! No more squinting and page scrolling while you're trying to read a webpage, no more zooming in and out (well, not much anyway). For me, this was a real bonus as I play a lot of 'board games' as apps (e.g. Carcassonne, Ascension, Agricola etc). Without a doubt, the screen size and the crisp quality of the 264 ppi, 2048 x 1536 resolution, made this experience so much better. All of the text in-game was easily readable and the games run smoothly. It is altogether a much more enjoyable experience.
Another great feature to use on the iPad is the Newsstand. You can have newspapers and magazines sent instantly to your device for a subscription fee. My partner has a subscription to BBC Focus magazine on a monthly basis and he really enjoys the readability. It is just like reading a hard copy magazine but with extras - e.g. they frequently intersperse the articles with videos (instead of just pictures that you would see in a hard copy). This really makes the iPad interactive and takes advantage of its capabilities.
Facetime and Skype are fantastic to use on this tablet - especially if you buy a cover that doubles up as a stand, which leaves you handsfree (handy if you have a baby). Another great feature is that you can sync up YouTube to your TV or PS3 and watch it on the big screen while controlling it from your iPad on the sofa.
The main feature of the iPad that I love so much is the ease of use. It is so accessible for any age - it is simple to navigate around and the App Store is sometimes too easy to buy from. A good proportion of Apps are free to download, especially the popular ones such as Facebook, Twitter and BBC News.
Although I really like this device, as usual there are a few negative points.
As tablet computers go, it is at the pricey end of the market.
One thing that really annoys me is that you can't get Flash Player on the iPad. This makes certain games, surveys and other content unusable.
I also find the keypad annoying if I want to type for a long time. It simply does not compare to a proper keyboard in my eyes. You can, however, buy keyboards that you can hook up to the iPad but I cannot comment on the effectiveness of those, having never used one.
Finally, the camera is not the best on the market by any means. However, what it lacks in megapixels it makes up for in ease of use and accessibility to programs such as Instagram where you manipulate your photographs to accentuate them.
Oh wow I must say this product is definitely handy. Its ability to take it anywhere makes it useful in nearly every way from looking for coupons to checking in places. This iPad does it all and I really mean that, I am yet to find something that it cannot do and bearing in mind i have this iPad a while. First of all let me say buying this product is quite a setback so I would say only consider buying if you are sure you can afford it as it is a hefty sum of money.
Although the memory of this iPad is only 16Gb I find that it is capable of storing a big amount of data/memory and bearing in mind i have quite a few apps on it as well which leads me onto my next point. Due to it coming with the app store you literally have access to the one of the widest range of apps that can enhance your iPad in various ways. The design of this product although plain I find that is what makes it the more 'magnificent'
The size of this contrary to many others opinions I feel does not hinder you in any way whatsoever. Personally I have found i can put this in a range of different sized bags and dues to its width not being wide therefore allows me to take it with me out and about.
The rate of the internet on the iPad is great! Its one of the fastest I have ever seen and probably am likely to encounter for a while. Comparing its connection and WiFi to the iPhone this is definitely a worthwhile gadget if you are looking for something that is fast, reliable and worthwhile. The only problem i ever had is it tends to slip out of my hands quite often but maybe that is just me?
I LOVE my ipad it's great for games and university work as it fits nicely into any rucksack or medium size bag. It's easy to use and great fun for playing games with friends online or even two player. My favourite thing about the ipad is the iplayer app as it allows me watch pretty much anything on the go or at home. The only problem is it needs to be more like a laptop for me personally. It has pages and Evernote which is great but a word processor or something where I can submit university work from would make this product 10x better. The camera that the ipad has is decent quality and the variety of different apps available for it are incredible. One minute I could be playing flappy bird and next I could be learning a different language. The keyboard is very big once turned on its side so very good for short sighted people like myself. Would recommend it everyone.
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16GB
Ask any tech savvy geek and the main pros of the iPad 3 are the high resolution screen and epic graphics - which, if I am honest, doesn't really mean anything to me; it certainly doesn't justify the hefty price tag.
What I want from a tablet is something which is easy to use, enjoyable and non-demanding.
My pet hate of any "SMART" device is when you are in the middle of doing something vitally important, such as stalking your crush on Facebook, your battery dies and you are left pacing the room for 30 minutes waiting for the battery to charge enough to be able to turn it back on. Although the battery life itself isn't shocking, the iPad 3 is no different.
I am fairly disappointed that there are still no advances in the connectivity of the iPad to other devices e.g. an SD or USB slot and you are still unable to use many websites fully without Flash Player.
As with many other apple products the overall usability of this device isn't fool proof - if you aren't an apple fan already then this product will do little to convince you otherwise.
Not being a technical wizard (aka COMPUTER GEEK), the only major benefit of the iPad 3 is that it makes the iPad 2 cheaper! Hallelujah.
~ My Opinion ~
Apple I-Pad 3 is a really useful tablet with the ability to entertain, multitask, play multimedia seamlessly and be your very own modern notebook.
~ Best Deals and cost ~
When I bought my I-Pad 3 I bought it from John Lewis as it came with a two year guarantee better than any other stores which were only selling them with one year. The price I paid was £349 but with the extra years guarantee this turned out to be the best deal for me.
~ Interesting Facts ~
Glue - The screen is glued to the device so removing it is just a case of heating the glue up and then using suction to prise the two elements apart.
Battery - Apple managed to increase the capacity of the battery by a massive 70%. The battery is made of a 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-ion and delivers an impressive ten hours of multimedia tasking. Lithium is used as it is the lightest metal and its properties allow it to be recharged at any time. Additionally it doesn't suffer from crystal buildup, which can affect other forms of battery.
iSight camera - The camera has been upgraded to a five-megapixel sensor and this may not seem like a lot, Apple is keen to point out that lens tech is as important as megapixels. In the new iPad Apple has utilised the same five-element lens that currently resides in the iPhone 4S. This works by filtering light five times to ensure that the colours you see on screen are the same as those you see in real life. This is done by cutting out frequencies we can't see like infrared and ultraviolet.
~ Memory ~
The RAM is built on the A5X chip and doubled from 512MB to 1GB. This provides the random access memory needed to run your apps better and quicker.
~ Using the App Store ~
Using the app store is relatively easy but the most important thing especially if you have children is to lock the purchases from happening in apps as you may find yourself with a hefty bill from little fingers buying little bits and bob with in app purchases.
~ Useful Web links ~
~ Conclusion ~
Overall the camera is high quality, the range of applications (apps) is massive, the size of the screen is decent and the overall quality and reliability is top notch. The price is expensive but so are most high quality tech gadgets these days. These days you are looking to pay around £200 - £340 for a used or new I-Pad 3 although the new I-Pad Air is the new kid on the block. The touch screen is perfect and is easy to use and the battery life tends to last a long time which is good for car journeys. My I-Pad has been dropped multiple times by the children and still no lasting damage and working well.
I would recommend this to anyone especially those with young children and the applications you can buy these days really does get them thinking and interacting in ways that we had not thought of. I have taught my children the alphabet and numbers through apps which talk and are interactive with touch.
A wonderful device.
I really like this product. I bought this item to use myself, and for my partner to use sometimes. I like the range of apps that are available from the apple store, but don't like the fact that I am tied to the apple store.
I think the software is fast, and easy to use. The only standard feature I don't like is the alarm clock, as it is hard to use when displayed as a graph.
The product is light, easy to handle, and becomes a part of your life, just like a mobile phone. I used to have the ipad two, and due to the fact that the apple ipad is the best of its kind out there, I made sure I upgraded to the newer version when I needed a new one. I know there is a lot of competition with tablets in the market place at the moment, but apple thought of it first and are still the best.
I would recommend this product to a friend, and already have, to many.
Before purchasing my Apple iPAD I looked at other makes of tablets such as Samsung and the Nexus but the iPad stood out for me.. maybe because I love my Apple products and seem to pay the price for the premium of it!
The IPAD is a sleek, fast tablet device which is not too heavy for you to carry around in your bag, it's a great gadget to possess if your a commuter. You would be able to stream videos and movies on the go.. you can upload movies from your laptop to your iPAD as well which is also a great feature to have.
The App store is excellent with Apps from any type of Genre you can imagine-- my favourite Apps are the most popular ones such as Candy Crush Saga.. a really addictive game, you will start playing it and then an hour or so would have passed without you realising it!
They are well worth the money-- also even better if you have an IPHONE then you can sync all your music and contacts etc to your IPAD which is great!
After giving up with my laptop I decided to find something more portable to carry Around aswell as an upgrade, something that works quicker more efficient and I can do more on. This came to me in the form of an iPad. You can download apps search he internet and check emails and social networking sites all from one place. With a massive so App Store with thousands of potential apps to download I am never bored wih my iPad. I also bought an attatchsble keyboard which I find very useful. It lasts well for battery life and charges quickly so I am never running low on charge. You can also buy data plans so you can access the internet from anywhere, this is what I did and I find it useful if I need the internet quickly but there is no wifi. The camera is good but I wouldn't rely on it on a family holiday or something because it is much bigger than a camera.
There is an app for practically every occasion available on an iPad. These range from things like centimetres to metres or paid to do apps like Maximiles. These are highly useful if you are not good at mental maths or want to earn a bit of cash while out and about.
The interface is easy to navigate and you can get accustomed to it extremely quickly even if they do change the entire interface like with IOS 7. The IOS 7 is not as good as previous versions however and anyone that has used the pervious version is unlikely to enjoy using it. There is one good difference here between iPads and iPhones as the iPad has some extra hand gestures that make things easier to access.
The battery life is excellent in the iPad but IOS 7 has reduced the life by quite a small amount like the iPhone. Fortunately the battery life is not an overly large issue as if you can still get about 24 hours of pure playing on games out of it without having to charge it. You can play music on with the screen turned off on holiday for about 2 weeks without having to charge it. This makes it an extremely good device to have on an aeroplane as the kids can play away on it giving you peace and quiet to sleep or just relax.
The performance of the iPad is brilliant as it will open webpages, switch between apps or even just open apps within seconds. There is nothing that will make you frustrated when using this product. There is also some extra apps that are not available on the iPhone.
I have found however that their is not enough storage space as if you have a lot of apps, music, photos and videos stored on your phone then you can be guaranteed that you will be constantly be getting the "not enough data storage available" message. Much like the iPhone I think a 32GB device is better.
I personally was not interested in buying an Ipad when they were first released, however I was bought this as a present and I was surprised by how addictive the tablet was.
I use mine mainly for the apps and for surfing the internet, and many of the apps are extremely addictive and you have a wide range to choose from, including games and magazines. The kindle app is especially useful, it provides you with all aspects of the kindle within your Ipad, saving you spend more money on both devices.
Whilst the Ipad is a handy device I believe it isn't worth the cost compared with other tablets that are currently being released in the market, but hopefully Apple will lower the cost or make them more unique to keep them relevant in the expanding tablet market.
I had previously heard of the screens on apple products breaking easily and was nervous as I am extremely clumsy! However, I have dropped my Ipad several times, even on hard flooring and have only got a small chip of the edge of it. I would recommend a case for it though to prevent any accidents!
The battery life is very short on the ipad, especially if you are consistently running apps on it.