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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
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    9.0
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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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9.0
johanejohansson johanejohansson

It's the best tablet on the market, hands down. It bests every other iPad, but compared to the iPad 2, it's a step back in every way except the display. Where the iPad 2 never displayed any noticeable lag when multitasking or using graphics-heavy apps, the iPad 3 will stumble ever so slightly....

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9.0
Gigabitz Gigabitz

Extremely well made, practically perfect hardware. That said, I prefer Android, and I didn't want to spend 50% of the cost of the device again, just to get more storage, so I returned it. I'll get a Transformer Pad Infinity when they release.

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10
evilsoapbox evilsoapbox

The third generation iPad is the best yet. For the price you get an excellent tablet with many features and an ecosystem of applications.

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10
chrisdiaz chrisdiaz

The new iPad has many great new features but the only one that really really matters is that retina display. Words seriously cannot explain how great this display is and looking at one will help you understand. If you don't want to purchase a new iPad, I strongly recommend you not look at one...

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6.0
juergenHartl juergenHartl

The hardware of the iPad is the best you can buy in any tablet. The screen, phenomenal, the speaker, even though there is only one visible, sounds not bad for what it is. The cameras are superior to what I had in the previous tablet. Now we come to the software part. What I disappointment. After...

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9.0
Gofake1 Gofake1

Very satisfied with the overall experience. I find myself using this more than my laptop for web browsing, gaming, and content consumption. There is also a very large selection of cheap, quality apps. However, there are limitations in iOS and the inherent design that won't make me sell my...

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