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Still the best tablet, thanks to a best-in-class display

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Apple's new iPad offers neither a massive improvement in performance nor functionality, but the new display alone makes it a great update.

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9.2
22 reviews
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    8.8
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    10
  • Battery life
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    9.0
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    7.6
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    9.0
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    7.9
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9.2
216 reviews
9.0
Engadget Mar 16, 2012

The new iPad doesn't do anything substantially better or particularly different than the iPad 2, offering the same rich world of content as before. But, it's the amazingly high quality window into that world the new iPad offers that is completely unmatched -- for the moment.

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10
TechCrunch Mar 14, 2012

Features and technical aspects aside, how does the new iPad feel? Amazing. It’s the best device out there, made even better. And it’s the same price as it previously was. There’s really nothing not to like beyond a few minor nitpicks.

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9.0
AllThingsD Mar 14, 2012

Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown.

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9.0
Macworld Mar 14, 2012

It's not smaller or lighter, but it's got a remarkable screen, a much better rear camera, and support for cellular networking that can run at Wi-Fi speeds. It's the iPad that millions of people have embraced, only one year better.

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9.0
New York Times Mar 14, 2012

If you’re in the market for a tablet, here’s the bright side: For the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that’s still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals.

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9.0
CNET Mar 16, 2012

With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack.

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9.0
PC World Mar 16, 2012

The third-gen Apple iPad redefines the tablet market, and raises the bar impossibly high for the competition.

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10
SlashGear Mar 14, 2012

Simply pick up, swipe, and you’re immersed in a joined-up ecosystem. Apple doesn’t need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king.

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10
The Guardian Mar 15, 2012

The iPad 3 puts Apple a mile ahead of anything we've seen from Android tablets. The interface is unchanged. But all sorts of incremental details – especially the screen, but also the camera capability and so the graphics heft, and the mobile broadband capability – have been ratcheted up.

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9.0
Time Mar 17, 2012

Thanks to its technical advances, the new iPad is easily the best container yet for iPad apps. For now, and maybe for the foreseeable future, it stands alone.

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8.0
CNET UK Mar 16, 2012

Apple's new iPad is the best tablet money can buy, thanks to winning software and a killer app selection. The new screen, camera and processor are welcome additions, though they're modest improvements compared to the still compelling iPad 2.

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10
The Telegraph Mar 14, 2012

If you have been holding off getting a tablet then this is the one to go for. In my view, it's the best that money can buy. Existing iPad owners who are thinking of upgrading should take a look at this new device. You'll see the difference very, very clearly indeed.

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9.0
Daring Fireball Mar 14, 2012

The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What’s not to love? It’s that simple.

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9.0
Bloomberg Mar 14, 2012

Let’s get right to the point: If you don’t already have an iPad, chances are you’ll be very happy with the third-generation model that goes on sale Friday. If you already have an iPad 2, there’s little need to upgrade.

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9.0
TechRadar Mar 16, 2012

If you've got an iPad 2, or don't really care about visuals, then you should stick with the now much cheaper pad. But we recommend you probably don't look at the upgraded model – once you've gazed adoringly into the Retina Display... you'll struggle to not hate any tablet that isn't the new iPad...

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9.0
TUAW Mar 18, 2012

The iPad represents the future direction of technology, I believe, more so than any other Apple product available. It is the high-tech made simple, potent and distilled into a simple slab of metal and glass, designed to become the tool you need when you need it.

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9.0
IGN Mar 19, 2012

If you already own an iPad or you weren’t interested in one before, the changes may not be enough to inspire a purchase, but for others, the new iPad is the best yet and is worthy of your consideration.

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10
The Loop Mar 14, 2012

So, what did I like about the iPad? Simple — the experience. Nobody in the market today can touch the Apple experience.

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10
Gadget Review May 23, 2012

In either case, the iPad is a great buy, especially for gamers, for readers, and for anyone who wants to show off pictures of their art, their kids, or their kid’s art. It blows the competition away, with the exception of, again, Apple’s own iPad 2, but that’s just fine.

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9.0
Hardware Heaven Mar 16, 2012

A solid evolution of the iPad product line which may disappoint some due to the lack of external design changes. The internal improvements are impressive though and the camera, and more so the screen very much impress.

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9.0
USA Today Mar 14, 2012

If you're a tablet newbie, there's no better choice on the market than an iPad, provided — and this is a pretty big if — price isn't an issue and you don't want a tablet that would fit in your pocket, such as the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire.

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SlashGear Mar 7, 2012

Should you opt for the new iPad rather than the discounted $399 iPad 2? From our brief experience with the new Retina Display, it’s hard to imagine going back to less pixel-dense panels.

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10
jasoncalacanis jasoncalacanis

This is the Gold Standard of all products in the entire world. Forget tablets, the iPad is the best consumer electronic device ever made. Period. Name me one better.... ok, you can't great. Let's move on. Three negative things to keep in mind with iPad 3: Noticeably heavier--but not show...

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7.0
mrposh mrposh

OK I just don’t get it… so I got my first “IT’S NEW” iPad *YOU KNOW, THE NEW ONE* ever yesterday… played with it for 10 minutes and, yes, like a Radiohead album, it may be a grower, and in time I will learn to love it, but I found it a really frustrating, anti-climactic and perplexing experience....

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

As most critic reviews have stated, this is basically an iPad 2 with 4G, a bigger battery, quad-core graphics, a new camera and an absolutely brilliant display. It is negligibly thicker and barely perceptibly heavier (something you only notice directly after picking up an iPad 2). Outside of...

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7.0
KurdiMo KurdiMo

Pros: - Good battery life - Nice screen - Nice collection of apps Cons: - Can't play mkv 1080p videos (720p lags from time to time) unlike my phone which does (sgs2). - The browser fails to display many websites properly (again Android does better in this case) I have a galaxy S II and...

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5.0
sawilson sawilson

UPDATE: June 17 2012: So I got my Asus Transformer TF201 in Champagne Gold with 64GB of internal memory. I also got the keyboard/battery dock and a 64GB Sandisk class 10 card. I spent about what was spent on the entire 32G 4G New iPad plus the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard. Some key differences:...

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10
webmcp webmcp

This 3rd generation was a great step for me, since I had the 1st gen. The display is so much more clear and the processor really helps normal usage zip for me. I love the iPad device! The ease of use with the iPad actually encouraged me to purchase an iMac on my routine computer upgrade. I...

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8.0
falleninsea falleninsea

Out side of the improvements to drive the new Retina display the iPad 3 really is basically the same as the iPad 2. The only other difference is the 1GB of RAM over the 512 in the iPad 2 and the addition of 4G support. Now don’t get me wrong the Retina display on the iPad is awesome and videos...

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10
alskdjfhg alskdjfhg

If you are getting an iPad you better buy a case or a Smart Cover, but have in mind that more protection means more weight. So be careful. I have a Targus 360degree case, it adds a lot of weight. I'm considering getting a Smart Cover.

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7.0
subotin subotin

It is not a great difference even for 1 gen Ipad owners. The screen is better , but still not vivid enough in bright sunlight and glaring . Not all of my Software bought for the 1gen works perfectly. Battery life is no better and it takes much longer to recharge! Not enough storage for HD...

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10
iS1M5 iS1M5

From the moment I turned the device on, a lot like the iPhone 4, the difference in display quality was apparent from the get go. A stunning piece of tech both inside an out. Upgrading from the first gen iPad this is a welcome change, now boasting a quad core processor, I dont have to wait any...

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9.0
MtnSloth MtnSloth

The dictation feature works reasonably well, but I still wish I had the "full" Siri treatment. In terms of how accurate the dictation feature actually is, if you've purchased a dictation app for Windows or OS X, your desktop software is probably better. Dictation with the iPad is just barely good...

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10
SmithLaw SmithLaw

The iPad 3rd Generation with Retina Display is perfect in every way except I wish it was more of a computer than an overgrown iPhone4s. Overall though, it is amazing.

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9.0
kittymcgoose kittymcgoose

I own an iPad 1, 2 and now the 3, the iPad has a fantastic screen but Im not 100% sure that is such a big upgrade over the iPad2, for movies I really dont see the difference on a 9inch screen. I personally think its a bit over hyped. If you dont have great eye sight, go for the iPad2 IMO, and...

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