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New Apple iPad : Review of Reviews

Now that the highly anticipated third generation iPad is finally here, we should check out what we know, so far, about the latest tablet from Apple. Without too much ado, let's dig into the technical specs and features of the nameless, but "resolutionary", new iPad.

Main Improvements Over iPad 2

The technical specs sheet of the last two iPads reveal that the tablet market has a new leader.

Feature iPad 2 New iPad

Processor: A5 dual core A5X quad core graphics

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G Wi-Fi, 4G LTE

Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR technology 4.0

Back camera: 0.7 MP 5MP

Video recording: 720 p 1080 p

Resolution: 1024 x 768, 132 ppi 2048 x 1536, 264 ppi

Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB 16, 32, 64 GB

Sizes: 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm

Weight: 613 g (1.35 pounds) 662 g (1.46 pounds)

Prices: Wi-Fi £329.00 16GB £399/ £479/ £559

Wi-Fi+3G/4G: £429 £499 / £579 / £659

Now, that we know what we can count on, let's dig a little deeper. Despite its impressive features, the new iPad doesn't seem have sacrificed the higher specs for battery life. The Cupertino based company advertises "up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using mobile data network", for both the iPad 2 and the new iPad. However, we need to be more cautious, particularly after many users complained about the new iOS 5.1 having a negative impact on the longevity of the device.

Speed and Resolution

The high-resolution screen of the new iPad is what we expected it to be, although it is not technically the same Retina Display, as featured in the iPhone 4S. The iPad does however, sport the display with the highest resolution currently on the market. Apple has even pointed out that the third generation iPad offers 1 million more pixels than a HD TV. The text is apparently sharper on the new iPad screen than it is on the printed newspaper. The only downside to this is that the specially revamped apps for the new iPad are up to five times larger, than the earlier versions.

Recent tests reveal that at the highest zoom level possible, the new iPad is capable of displaying a similar video quality to Blu-ray technology. This comparison shows that the new iPad owner can enjoy the same colour accuracy, the same text sharpness and about the same level of details as they would - while watching a Blu-ray disk. The only shortcomings are when the images are poorly-lit or too bright, then the details are noisier and more blurred on the iPad screen.

The new iPad, Ready for 4G?

When it comes to the Long Term Evolution technology, the new iPad could prove to look good only on paper, on press releases and in ads. Many customers around the world could soon find out that the support for 4G LTE networks is only theoretical, and their preferred subscriber cannot provide these high data speeds. Even luckier Apple fans, who have contracts with carriers able to provide 4G networks might discover that those networks, currently lightly used, will soon be overwhelmed.

We really don't like to be the bearers of bad news, but in the UK Apple fans will not be able to get their shiny new iPad to work at the fastest speed possible, because simply there is no typical 4G coverage here. In the UK there are different radio frequencies. While at home, Britons will only have 3G speeds of up to 42Mbps, on their new Apple tablets. Still, this is pretty impressive and this speed might prove more reliable, than what could overwhelmed the 4G networks elsewhere in the world. There is a loophole, if the UK customer really wants to test LTE support of the new iPad he or she needs to get the device with an AT&T contract, and then travel to the US.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.