Summary: While the likes of Google, Asus and Samsung have been giving it a good crack lately, the Apple iPad remains the very best tablet you can buy today - and now that Apple’s got global 4G and its new Lightning port on board, don’t worry about an immediate follow up.
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.
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.
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
Summary: The fourth-generation iPad with retina display introduces a faster A6X processor, 4G in the UK and the Lightning connector dock. These are minor tweaks, but secure the iPad's spot at the top of the tablet heap, even if there are now much cheaper alternatives out there.
Pros: A6X chip delivers even more speed; 4G-compatible in the UK; Best-in-class app selection.
Cons: Still feels heavy to hold in one hand; Lightning port means older chargers and accessories won't work.