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The New iPad Review Roundup
Friday, March 16, 2012 - 1:44 AM EST
Posted by: Staff

We like to do a roundup of reviews for every major Apple hardware release. And this time around, it's a roundup of reviews for the third-generation iPad. We're talking about reviews from AllThingsD, The Verve, Macworld, Daring Fireball and more. And so far, they've been extremely positive. Taking note of the new iPad's Retina display, iSight camera, 4G LTE performance and battery life. So, down below you'll find excerpts and links to each review. You'll also find video reviews from Macworld and The Verge.

AllThingsD – "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," writes Walt Mossberg.

Macworld – "The new iPad is just that: The iPad, updated for a new year and millions of new iPad users. 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," writes Jason Snell.



The Loop – "I've been using the iPad for a week now and I'm so impressed. From the first time I turned it on and saw the Retina display, I was in awe of how good it was. Trust me, even if you watched the introduction video, you still have no idea how good this display is. You really do have to see it to believe it," writes Jim Dalrymple.

The Verve – "The new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful processor, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad's market position as the dominant player and product to beat," Joshua Topolsky.



TechCrunch – "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," writes MG Siegler.

NY Times – "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," writes David Pogue.

Daring Fireball – "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," John Gruber.

SlashGear - "Steve Jobs would have approved of the new iPad. With its focus on the holistic experience rather than individual boasts around its constituent parts, it’s the epitome of the Post-PC world the Apple founder envisaged. No lag or delay; no frustrating cloud settings or arcane minimum software requirements. 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," writes Vincent Nguyen.

USA Today - "If you have an iPad 2, it's a little harder to justify springing for the latest model now, much as you might want to. Yes, the new screen is spectacular, and 4G and the improved cameras are welcome upgrades. But you would have purchased that iPad 2 much more recently and it may be difficult to plunk down extra cash this soon, unless you have a family member who can inherit your current model," writes Ed Baig.

The Telegraph - "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," writes Shane Richmond.

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Cult of Mac - "The new iPad is the best iPad yet, but at this point, that goes without saying. What’s more important to note is that it's the most futuristic iPad to date. If the first-gen iPad was a couple years ahead of the competition, the Retina Display, battery life and LTE speeds of the new iPad seem five years ahead of the curve. The new iPad is like having a FiOS connection, a top-of-the-line 2K HDTV, and an infinitely extensible portal to the internet in your bag: all in the same device, and all at a price that anyone can afford. If there are people out there who would scoff at that achievement simply because the processor didn’t go up a couple of cores, or the physical appearance of the design, well, enjoy your Android tablets, guys. The rest of us will be using the only tablet that matters," writes John Brownlee.

Engadget - "With the new iPad, Apple has chosen to take small steps in many areas, making a logical upgrade on the camera, a modest improvement in graphics performance and the perfectly natural addition of LTE wireless. Other things have been left the same, like the overall size and form-factor, speed, the selection of capacities and, most importantly, the pricing. It's only with the display that Apple made a truly big step forward here over the iPad 2, and for many that's enough to make an upgrade worthwhile," writes Tim Stevens.

CNET - "When the original iPad bounded out of the starting gate, it took a huge lead before its competitors figured out what was going on. With the iPad 2, Apple lapped the competition once more by setting design expectations that were nearly impossible to match. The third iPad employs a similar tactic, dramatically raising our collective expectations of tablet screen quality. Placed next to the competition, the superior product is literally plain to see," write Donald Bell.

PC World - "If you're in the market for a tablet--and if you don't mind the tethers that iOS and Apple impose (devotion to iTunes, the inability to drag and drop files onto the tablet, the lack of file-level control)--then the new iPad is the clear winner. The third-gen Apple iPad redefines the tablet market, and raises the bar impossibly high for the competition," writes Melissa J. Perenson.

PC Magazine - "I don't think we'll see a better large tablet than the new iPad this year. This isn't about hardware; Android tablet manufacturers could easily match or exceed the new iPad's specs. It's about the iPad app juggernaut. While geeks who want to roll their own experiences will appreciate high-end Android tablets like the Asus Transformer Prime, the new iPad, to borrow a phrase, is the tablet for the rest of us," writes Sascha Segan.



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