iPad (fall 2012) review: The best 10-inch tablet gets a little better
22 October 2013
Summary: The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
Pros: The newest iPad's faster A6X processor adds extra system speed and graphics power. Improved worldwide cellular compatibility makes the LTE model a more appealing proposition. And the iOS App Store remains best in class, with the widest selection.
Cons: The fourth-gen iPad is otherwise identical to its recent predecessor -- same size, weight, and Retina screen. It's heavy to hold in one hand, and most older accessories won't work without investing in a pricey Lightning adapter.
Excerpt: The Apple iPad was the highest scoring tablet overall in our test and the best for all-around use
Pros: Very large screen for its size, Very high resolution, Excellent screen and sound quality, Excellent camera/video, Very fast system speed, Consumer testers loved the design and feel, Consumer testers loved the camera functionality
Cons: Slightly heavy for its size, Few connectivity options
Excerpt: The forth generation iPad has a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 pixels Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back, front-facing camera for video calls, A6X chip coupled with quad-core graphics, and 16, 32 or 64 GB of built-in storage. Additionally, you will be able to choose between Wi-Fi only model, 3G (CDMA or GSM-based) and 4G (LTE) one.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: The fourth generation iPad feels more of a refinement. If you invested in the third-generation tablet don’t feel too hard done by. 4G is still at early adopter level in the UK and will be until there are more compatible phones and greater network choice. The processor boost will appeal to 3D gamers and although the iPad 4 is faster, in day to day use for email, apps and browsing, it’s not dramatically different and the new connector and front-facing camera boost aren’t...
Review: Fourth-generation iPad is faster, stronger, better
8 November 2012
Excerpt: (1 items) The release of the fourth-generation iPad so soon after the third-generation iPad may have come as a surprise to even diehard Apple watchers, but the device itself won't. By now, we all know what an iPad looks like, and the fourth-generation iPad looks nearly identical to a third-generation iPad, which itself looked more or less like the second-generation iPad .
Pros: Incredibly fast performance, Lightning connector improves over dock-connector, Better camera performance overall
Cons: Slightly decreased battery life, Lightning accessories still in short supply
Conclusion: Unless you simply must always have the latest and greatest, iPad 3 owners don’t need to upgrade yet—this new iPad is basically an iPad 3S. But iPad 2 owners will love this...unless they fall for the iPad mini first.
Pros: Faster than iPad 3. Better graphics performance. Lightning connector.
Cons: No further improvements to the camera or other design tweaks just yet.
Conclusion: As much as we’d love to believe that this is the successor to the iPad 3 , partly due to the fact that there’s a “4” attached to its name, we figure that it’s more indicative of being an iPad 3S – since you know, it’s employing the same design as before, but with subtle hardware improvements.
Pros: Premium construction, Impressively detailed and accurate Retina Display, High caliber performance, Above average battery life