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Engadget
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

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

Pros
  • Amazing display
  • LTE speeds
  • Improved camera
  • Comparable battery life with LTE
Cons
  • No 128GB option
  • Slightly larger and heavier
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Model
16GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (16)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Model
32GB Wi-Fi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Other features

Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3) (Bmp, Jpeg) (Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (32)

Connections

USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes
Model
16GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (16)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)
Model
64GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (64)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Model
32GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (32)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)
Model
64GB AT&T 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (64)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)
Model
32GB WiFi

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (32)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Model
16GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (16)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)
Model
32GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
Bluetooth, External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (H264, M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (32)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)
Model
64GB Verizon 4G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS
Screen size
9.7
Storage type
Internal storage
Camera (integrated)
Yes
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Mono

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
Maximum battery life
Up to 10

Connections

Bluetooth
4.0 (Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Hid, Pan)
USB
2.0 (Other / proprietary) (USB charging)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
Yes (Video, Auto focus) (5 megapixels) (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1

Other features

Pixel density
264 PPI
Screen resolution
2048x1536
Screen size
9.7
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes
External accessory support
External keyboard, Camera
TV out
Yes (Composite (proprietary))

General

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
IOS (5)
Type
Handheld

Location

Location support
Yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav) (Bmp, Jpeg, Png, Raw, Tiff) (M-jpeg, Mpeg4, Quicktime)

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes (LTE-based)
WiFi (integrated)
Yes (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Input

Predictive text
Yes

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (Flash) (64)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows, Mac)