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This review is mainly about the advantages of Ipad 3 over the Ipad 2. See my review for Ipad2 if you want to know about pros and cons of the Ipad over others.
Well, as you know , it is the screen resolution. I thought buying it maybe useless as there is no use of such high resolution, as we dont use such high res videos. I was wrong. The screen is worth the money if you are using the Ipad to browse the net or read magazines or read pdf notes or see photos. Reading books on the Ipad3 is much easier and the app Goodreader works with no hiccups. Compare the screens of the 2 Ipads side by side for the above, and you will find using the Ipad 2 screen difficult and irritating.
The processor is fast enough to play HD videos like mkv without any hitches ( with app avplayer hd), which was an issue for me with Ipad2. Surprisingly, the HD video quality are better on the Ipad3, than watching them on the Ipad 2 or HD tv( which I didnt expect, or is a subjective error of judgment on my side)
The increased weight and thickness is not noticeable, but with HD videos playing well, 64GB seems a bit less storage, and its not expandable (maybe because Apple does not make microSDs). Battery life is as good as before, and it will last longer if you reduce the screen brightness( in long flights with dark cabins).
The voice recognition for dictation is moderately accurate, more if you are speaking directly over the microphone, than from the side. Apple will add Siri in the upcoming update of IOS 6 soon. I thought it was already in the Ipad3 when I bought it.
I did not notice much difference with the games, compared to the Ipad2.
At the end of the day, I'm happy with the screen clarity, which imposes less eye strain for my reading on the IPad3. Its like electronic paper( well at least till a higher res IPad come out.
Aged 59 i am no techno geek but having a mac apple lap top for over 5 years it was going to cost me a fair bit to upgrade the mac pro. I read a lot on here re the new i pad and lion os x operating system.both good and bad. In the end decided to take the plunge. Mac shop Kingston really good, bought the 16 Gb then 2 days later,after realising i was going to use it in place of my lap top far more,I exchanged it for the 64 GB .Its excellent, cant rate it enough easy to follow commands instructions speech dictation auto spell correct ETC ETC the list goes on,camera excellent quality easy to include pics straight into emails I COULD GO ON well Done apple 5 Gold stars I have now also downloaded the APP for lion and up graded my Imac 21 in, so both working in harmony with one another using the Icloud facility.
I am a technophobe so this is not a technical review. I cannot compare it to previous ipads as I've never owned one before. I was persuaded that it would be easier to use than my laptop (I am disabled and sometimes find the laptop a bit heavy in bed).
I would have like an instruction book instead of online. I do not use most of the features. I could not get my contacts list into the email programme (but I did manage to set up the email facility) so I rarely use it . I could not find out how to get my contacts list from PC to pad anywhere in the instructions.
I have mainly downloaded games apps plus a very few tunes to play instead of games background sounds.
For me, it was rather a waste of money. I cannot add any games or programmes I already own. Few of the games have strategy guides, so I am constantly going back and forth to the downloaded ones on Safari. Tedious +++. I didn't realise I could not use CDs or USB links
Is there a virus protection on the pad??
I would not recommend it to other OAPs who do not have an iPhone or Ipod (I have neither)unless they have plenty of money to pay for downoads.
To me it is rather a money drain.
It works beautifully and technically I have not had problems once I found out how things worked (except for contacts list!) - but I have never looked at most of the apps!! It gets left unused most of the time -not my best buy!
The Ipad is an excellent little gadget,
I find it very useful when having little time but wanting to check things like my email or facebook,
it loads in seconds unlike the desktop PC.
It also save me money as I now get my newspaper delivered to my Ipad, this saves me in the region of £50 per month.
I would recommend buying an Ipad anytime, as you can see from my experience just having my paper delivered to it has helped me recoup the cost in just a few months,and now ime saving money every day.
Sharper, smarter, and better, the Bluetooth-enabled 3rd Generation Apple iPad is nothing short of a technological breakthrough. The Retina display of The new iPad, with 2048-by-1536 resolution (that’s four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an 1080P HDTV) and 44 percent greater color saturation, yields amazingly detailed and sharp images. Featuring a 5 MP iSight camera with a backside illumination sensor, this Apple iPad will delight you with its exceptionally rich photos and the ability to take 1080p HD videos. The Ultrafast 4G LTE wireless technology in the Apple iPad 3rd Generation lets you browse the web at blazing speeds. The built-in Apple A5X chip with quad-core graphics powers the 3.1 million pixels contained in the 9.7-inch display and generates an unfaltering response for all sorts of operations on this Apple iPad. Your voice will be its command - the Dictation feature in the 3rd Generation Apple iPad types as you speak, be it e-mails or status updates on social networking sites. What’s more, the AirPlay feature in The new iPad lets you wirelessly stream your favorite stuff to your speakers or an HDTV.
I bought this as I wanted something more portable than a laptop but don't like using a phone to surf the net etc. I never thought that I would buy one of these as they were too expensive, but, as I bought this when it was only a couple of weeks old, I didn't pay a huge amount for it. I do like it's portability and it's generally really easy to use. However, I don't like the way that it interfaces with a Windows PC but there are ways around all of that so for me not too much of an issue. I can't really compare this to other products as I went straight for this as my son had one (a slightly earlier model) and it gave me a good idea how I would use it. So all in all Apple win on this one, great piece of kit that does exactly what I need it too and it is fairly future proof as well. If that wasn't enough, the battery life is easily 10 hours - I tested it @ 75% and havinf ran for 3 hours on day 1, then 6 hours on day 2 was only down to 20% and then put it on charge and it didn't take too long to get to 100%.
I looked at a few tablets before deciding on the ipad. There is no doubt that this was the start of the tablet revolution and is really a bigger ipod touch. Others are cheaper but have less memory or a smaller screen. I bought 64gb as I have thousands of picture, I have taken music off as I use my ipod touch for music the ipad for pictures, book and finally magazines. Reading magazines is one of my reasons as with the ipad I can enlarge the image as my eyes are not what they used to be. The retina display was another reason; the image quality is superb. For me the ipad mini is half way between the ipad and the ipod touch so why have one?
I am not an expert on apps and have only a few. The map app is not a patch on google maps.
I have a windows 8 PC and frankly accessing the internet is simpler quicker with the ipad than Windows 8 which for some reason has 2 versions of internet explorer one of which does not work from the opening screen.
Sound is very good. Charging is slow.
It is heavier than I thought on arrival but I have become used to it.
Have seen so many iphones and ipad with broken screens I advise that a cover is bought immediately.
Came with a free plug.
I had a HTC windows 8 phone and found it so unser friendlyi ended up not using it at all, along with phone signal behinding shocking where i live! so wanting something better for apps and music i decided for an ipad!! Though alittle pricey i was worried i wouldnt get on with the touch screen as didnt with HTC, but apart from the price its easy to use,and not to heavy!! Of course you can't make a phone call so tospeak but you can skype and use over ahundred different apps for social networking. On the down side to no phone it doesnt have great range for wifi but then againthey could just be down to where i work. One Plus and emense camera andplenty of photo storage space being 64gb!! plenty of assesoires out there too and thousands of apps but sorting through them can be mernotinus!! I can't compare unfortunatly to other ipads as ihaven't had one before!! It does kick the behind of the windows phone though even so much so that i'm waiting for my iphone 4 to arrive (will also review) So overall a worthwhile perchase.
So far I am struggling to see a big difference between the iPad 2 and 3 other than the 3 is noticeably heavier. The retina screen is not knocking me dead but the voice recognition is neat. Not explored the front camera quality improvements yet but will I realistically use by iPad to take snaps or a video anyway? Big disappointment forward facing camera not HD on this "HD iPad" as I intend to use FaceTime a fair bit so wanted the best experience possible - looks like I'll have use my MacBook Air instead, the iPad will have to be a present for my old man to bring him into the 21st century.
I previously had a 'Viewsonic' android tablet and the Ipad has proved to be just technologically light years ahead, in terms of convenience and userbility. Its battery life is very good and Ipad works virtually straight away from 'sleep' mode and connects to the internet immediately. It worked 'straight out of the box' and continues to give excellent performance all-round. I am pleased I made the change, however, the only gripe I have is that I find Itunes not too willing to accept or download music or data from sources other than from 'Itunes' origin. And some video format won't run as Apple software is not compatible with 'competitor's' players.