Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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A tablet with a display so beautiful it'll make your eyes bleed!
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: Anewfoundglory82
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Advantages: Retina Display = stunning! Fast, powerful, reliable, great battery
Disadvantages: Could be considered costly, compared to a used iPad 2. Depends if you want the Retina display..
After owning an iPad 2 since launch, I decided to sell it before I even knew the exact specs of the new model (assuming it would be released in March and reading numerous rumours of a retina display etc.) so I could get more of my money back before they started decreasing in value. As it turns out, I made the right decision..
The iPad 3 (actually known as the 'New iPad') is a beautiful device. I have always been a fan of the iPad since it was first released in its original form, and it just keeps getting better and better, with each hardware and software update.
Let's just get on with this and discuss that amazing new Retina display. Yes, it is amazing. Yes, it is pin-sharp and I still marvel at how crisp and clean text looks on it when reading, or viewing a web page etc. What you really need to ask yourself though, is if it's worth the upgrade, for you personally.. I'd say since the display is the biggest part of the iPad, the fact that the new one features a screen with a much higher resolution, makes the upgrade a valid one. Being very much into photography, I thought it would be good to have the higher resolution display for photo editing etc. but it makes the whole experience of using the tablet more enjoyable, since text, photos, video and games are all enhanced (once updated on the app store!) and it feels great!
The battery life is still about the same, from my experience, as the iPad 2, which is perfectly acceptable and not something I ever have a problem with. The new A5X chip seems snappy enough, with the quad-core graphics providing plenty of grunt for gaming in retina resolution: I haven't experienced any slow-down, frame-rate issues, sluggishness or crashes at all yet, so I guess everything is doing its job well :)
The new Dictation feature isn't something I have even tried yet. It's not Siri (which I do find quite useful on my iPhone) but it might come in handy for some users, I suppose.
I got the 16GB model because I already have a 64GB iPhone 4S. My thinking was that I would be using my iPhone to record video, take photos, and store movies and music, so I wouldn't need all of that space to be taken up on the iPad. I can connect my iPhone to the TV for viewing etc, so really I wanted the iPad just for apps, gaming and Internet. This means 16GB is enough for me, and so far my theory seems to be working as expected! 16GB is plenty for apps and games, and doing things like browsing the Internet and watching YouTube videos doesn't eat up any flash storage space anyway. I select certain photos that I want to edit on my iPad, and beam them from my iPhone to the iPad so I can just edit the photos that I choose, thus saving space on the device.
The new iPad is actually slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2. I wasn't really too keen on this to begin with, as it is actually noticeable when coming from the previous iPad, and I did love how thin and light the older model was. However, it's not a deal-breaker, and I think the very slight difference is a fair trade-off for the awesome retina display, while still retaining the great battery life and speed etc of the iPad 2. Besides, if you keep your tablet in a case then you probably won't notice the difference as much as I do, since I like to use mine 'naked'. And no, that doesn't mean I use it while sitting on the sofa without any clothes on!
To sum up: The new iPad is a worthy successor to the tablet throne. The Retina Display is simply stunning, and a really big upgrade from the previous model. You'll get used to it quite quickly, but if you go back to using an old iPad again, it'll be like moving from the PS Vita to a GameBoy Advance (OK maybe not THAT bad, but everything will look a bit blurry).
The new iPad is fast, sleek, solid, smooth, reliable, gorgeous and offers great battery life. Oh, did I mention the display is bloomin' lush?
Summary: Brilliant tablet, very powerful with great battery life, & the Retina Display lives up to the hype!
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