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Apple iPad 3rd gen Wi-Fi 4G 32GB black Review

Apple iPad 3rd gen Wi-Fi 4G 32GB blackThe new iPad has been officially unveiled and it's not called the iPad 3 or iPad HD, simply the "new iPad". It keeps the same winning looks and design but provides plenty of benefits over the old iPad 2 model, specifically a 2048 x 1536 pixels screen and a more powerful quad-core processor. It's a little heavier and thicker than the previous model thanks to the larger battery needed for the higher-resolution screen and more powerful processor, but it is still one of the lightest and slimmest tablets around and the added bulk is hardly noticeable in reality (up from 8.8mm to 9.5mm thickness and from 601g to about 660g).

Most will feel that the new screen is more than worth the slight extra size and weight. Apple has increased the new iPad screen's resolution fourfold, from the standard 1024 x 768 still used by many PCs, to the incredible resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. While the display on the new iPad shows everything the same size as before, each element now has four times as many pixels - the result is breathtaking and the upgrade in image quality is extraordinary, it may sound like a cliche but you really have to see it to believe it! Luckily have increased the battery size by 70% to cope with all that high resolution display goodness, so Apple's class-leading battery life is maintained with the same 10 hour lifespan quoted as for the previous model despite all the improvements.

Another improvement on new iPad is the addition of 4G mobile broadband connectivity. Though here in the UK there is no commercial 4G service available, nor will there be for most of us for some time yet. But when OFCOM auctions off more radio airspace later this year we will probably know when 4G will truly be available in the UK, one thing is for sure however, by the time true 4G is readily available in the UK the next generation of iPad will have landed (if not the one after that!) However, many areas in the UK do have fantastic 3G service and the new iPad supports faster 3G protocols than the iPad 2, in tests around the UK in urban areas the new iPad managed download speeds in excess of 11Mbps which is faster than many a home's fixed-line broadband connection.

Last year Apple brought cameras to the iPad mostly for video chat capability. In this latest version the rear camera has been upgraded to 5-megapixels using lens technology from the iPhone 4S and a wide range of image enhancements. The new iPad is also a quality camera which takes very good pictures indeed, though a 10-inch tablet makes for an unwieldy camera. Perhaps a more useful innovation is the new dictation feature. Simply tap the new microphone button on the iPad virtual keyboard and you can dictate emails, messages and other documents.

Bigger screen than the Galaxy Note, sleeker than the Galaxy Tab, higher resolution than the Xoom and better connectivity than the BlackBerry PlayBook. In summary, the new iPad from Apple is the best Tablet device on the market, enough said.

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