Apple's New iPad Review

Posted: March 19, 2012
Apple's New iPad Review

The new Apple iPad is here with features like Retina Display, a dual-core Apple A5x chip with quad-core graphics and 4G connectivity on Verizon or AT&T. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the Apple tablet that starts at $499.

What You Need To Know

  • This next generation iPad remains largely the same with a little more power and a lot more pixels.
  • The tablet weighs a little more and is slightly thicker, but holds almost exactly the same physical form as the iPad 2.
  • The speaker grill is still there and works a lot better on this one.
  • The Retina Display has a staggering resolution of 2048 x1536, which is the highest tablet resolution yet.
  • When you first power the new iPad on, you will notice how clearer the Apple logo is.
  • Icons are also noticeably sharper.
  • The colors seem a bit less saturated on the new screen than they do on the iPad 2.
  • The clarity is fantastic.
  • There's still no flash for the on board camera but they have bumped the quality to 5 megapixels.
  • The image sensor isn't the 8 megapixel sensor from the iPhone 4S but you do get a welcome upgrade.
  • Pictures looked substantially clearer than those taken with the iPad 2.
  • The video also looked much better.
  • Apple unveiled the A5x with quad-core graphics, but the CPU component was left largely unchanged from the iPad 2.
  • As a result, the performance was very similar.
  • Opening apps was often as fast as the iPad 2.
  • The screen is still the most responsive to input in the business.
  • The real change came with the graphics rendering.
  • There are so man more pixels on this that the GPU is doing much more work than it ever had to before.
  • The other thing that separates this iPad from its predecessors is the addition of Verizon and AT&T 4G LTE.
  • The version we tested was for Verizon, which as of right now is the only one to be HotSpot enabled.
  • Speeds averaged around 30 megs down, which again was phenomenal.
  • The graphics processor does get hot when using the iPad for a long time.


  • $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version.


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The iPad 2 was already the best tablet on the market and this one is better at the same price point.
  • The resolution is the next step in displays.
  • The camera has been bumped up enough to calm the masses.
  • The welcome addition of 4G connectivity was long overdue.
  • That being said, if you have an iPad 2, don't run out and buy one unless the screen wows you that much.
  • If you have an original iPad and are on the fence, donate it to Teach For America and buy this one.

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Comments are Closed

  • billclinton2006

    Wow i didn't see the 5 out of 5 coming.... they have rated way better devises with 4 out of 5 tons of times. this was so lame. 5 out of 5 for a crapple product once again that is the same design as the last one. They know that all the crapple fan boys will run out and buy this because crapple said so. Way to suck that teet a little harder guys. also way to be fair to all products you review.

    Posted: March 23, 2012 9:59 AM
  • DarthHerter

    i love how apple has brainwashed the entire world to buy the same products every year thinking its something new or different from the previous.

    Posted: March 20, 2012 8:04 PM
  • mattmira

    Yes Spartan 433, Now is the time.

    Posted: March 20, 2012 12:14 PM
  • gateman21

    let the apple fandom comance by the way i want one

    Posted: March 20, 2012 11:06 AM
  • spartan4333

    Is this the IPAD for the consumer that has not bought any of the other ones? I have waited, is it finally time to buy?

    Posted: March 20, 2012 9:36 AM