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Thick, Sharp, Fast: The New iPad Review

posted 4 months ago

The new iPad launched successfully to much fanfare last week to the delight of Apple fans. Yet while it sports a truly unbelievable display along with a faster processor and 4G capability, is it enough of an upgrade for iPad 2 owners or a really convincing product for those hesitant to buy into the iPad experience? Let’s take a closer look at Apple’s latest device with this new iPad review.

Display

From Apple’s email invite to all of its promotional efforts, the new iPad’s Retina display is touted as the best feature of the device. At a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels, it really is the best display you’ll see yet on a tablet. In fact, it’s so incredibly good that once you get used to the new iPad’s screen, you’ll notice how fuzzy other tablets look. Simply compare by looking at the same thing with both old and new iPads and the difference is pretty apparent.

Performance

Compared to the iPad 2, the new iPad is a tad heavier, but this only serves to make it feel solid. The chassis design remained the same and it’s a bit hard to tell one from the other when they’re turned off. Inside though is a powerful tablet, with Apple finally jumping in to the 4G LTE bandwagon that they’re able to maximize with new battery technology, along with a quad-core A5X processor. Even with the enhanced features, expect the same solid 8 to 10 hours of battery life having fun with your device.

Camera

The camera has been upgraded to use those of the iPhone 4S but at a lower megapixel count. However, photos still look stunning and sharp, especially compared to the iPad 2. Video recording has been upped to 1080p so expect better looking vids with it. Still, taking pictures or capturing videos with a 9.7 inch device remains as awkward as ever, so an upgraded camera shouldn't be a really good consideration. However, looking at those pictures with the upped Retina display is much, much better and definitely more enjoyable.

Pricing and value

A complete new iPad review should include value proposition so you can see if this device is a worthwhile investment. It costs the same as the iPad 2 did a year ago, starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, with additional $100 increments for double the memory. For the LTE capable versions, it’s an additional $130, to a maximum of $829 for the 64GB 4G model. However, you should also consider your data plan pricing when figuring out how much you’ll be spending to get the new iPad.

Recommendations

While some have pointed out that the new iPad doesn’t have that much of an upgrade over the iPad 2, you could actually say they don’t really need to. Right now, the iPad series is the king of the hill, thanks to superior interface, display and ease of use. With the new iPad, Apple is favored to continue its dominance in the tablet market by making sure that there’s no other device that can match the total package that the iPad can deliver. If you’re looking to buy your very first tablet, this new iPad review recommends that this is the best argument yet to go for the Apple experience.

Photo Courtesy : toucharcade.com

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