Summary: Apple had an opportunity to throw its weight around and definitively claim the tablet crown, but didn't do that. As it stands, a case can be made that the third generation iPad is the best tablet available, and we certainly feel that it is, but it doesn't deliver the knockout punch that it could...
Pros: Sexy Display:, High Octane Graphics:, 4G LTE, at Long Last:, A Camera that Doesn't Stink:, Say It Don't Spray It:
Cons: CPU Hasn't Changed:, FaceTime Still Stinks:, Technically Bigger/Heavier:, Still Missing Features:
Excerpt: An Apple iPad has never looked so awful. No, I’m not referring to the new iPad, the one with the ballyhooed Retina display. I’m referring to last year’s iPad 2, whose screen now looks grainy and pixelated when viewed alongside Apple’s latest tablet.
Pros: Breathtaking, stunning display — the best in all of mobile computing. Super-fast Verizon LTE allows hot-spot tethering. All key components have been prudently upgraded to their effective limits. Tablet hooks into the world’s best app store.
Cons: Aside from the Retina display, the latest iPad lacks mindblowing new features that advance the state of the tablet art.
Summary: Apple could be accused of delivering more of the same with the new iPad. More pixels, more speed, better camera. And that's exactly why it's our favorite tablet. This sequel builds on everything we loved about the iPad 2. Is it worth the upgrade? For owners of the original iPad, definitely.
Summary: Entertainment Tablet. Is the iPad the heralded revolution? Can it replace a notebook or a netbook? We have dealt extensively with Apple's tablet over several weeks in our long-term test.
Pros: Precise touchscreen use, Outstanding IPS screen, Silent, Good battery life, Appstore and iPhone compatibility, Workmanship, design, interaction
Cons: Arrow keys are missing (virtual and hardware), Only Apple Apps permitted (no alternative browser), Few expansion options, iOS4 not yet available, A few functions of a full-fledged operating system.
Conclusion: A difficult-to-pinpoint target customer and a few pesky omissions are overshadowed by the excellent overall experience you get with Apple's iPad. And it sets the bar high for competing products in this nascent Internet tablet category.
Pros: Sleek design. Gorgeous, sharp, accurate touch screen. Improved iPod, Safari browser, photo and e-mail apps. iBooks look fantastic and titles are easy to purchase and download. A plethora of downloadable apps.
Cons: Lacks Flash support. No camera or video recorder. No multitasking capability. Cover Flow is missing from the iPod app. Doesn't ship with a case. Earbuds aren't included. Watch our Apple iPad video review
Summary: Look and feel Apple’s fourth-generation iPad is the spitting image of the third-generation tablet, and still packs a decent heft. It’s not as portable as many rivals or the excellent iPad Mini, but it’s still a great-looking machine.
Pros: Impressive Retina display; Surprisingly good battery life; Great range of apps; 4G support; Updated FaceTime camera
Summary: Sleek and elegant, the new iPad is ever so slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, but you can forgive it for the hyper-crisp Retina display, which clocks in more pixels than most HDTVs iOS 5.1 is a beautifully simple OS and iCloud is a one-click way to keep settings, apps, and media synced...
Pros: Incredibly sharp, realistic display super-enhances movies, gaming, web and photos, gorgeous hardware and software design, 200,000 iPad-optimised apps, upgraded camera
Cons: Comparatively little on-board storage, especially for a HD-media-oriented device, front-facing camera still only VGA quality