Techies and gadget enthusiasts have been set abuzz with the recent release of the iPad 3. While it is a new iPad in its own right (despite claims that the new version is a buffed up version of the iPad 2), the iPad 3 comes out as one of the must-have gadgets of the year.
Still, with Samsung’s much more affordable Galaxy tablet and Blackberry’s high-speed Playbook making waves as well in the market, does the Apple iPad 3 have what it takes to beat out the competition?
The A5 processor, quadcore graphics and the upgrade from the previous iPad’s 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM renders the iPAd 3 a lot faster than its predecessors. Critics were looking forward to Apple’s installation of the A6 processor in the new iPad, but the A5 processor does relatively fine, compared to processors of old iPad models.
TheiOS 5.1 also makes an appearance on the iPad 3; in fact, it’s preinstalled on that model. Combining the faster processors and the new OS was a good idea, as you can enjoy the apps a lot better when you’re not experiencing any lag.
The beautiful retina display of the new iPad 3 currently blows its competition out of the water. The crisp image quality turns the already remarkable iPad visual experience into something more. Apple has definitely gone no-holds barred on recreating its display, packing a shocking amount of pixels into the 9.7-inch screen, which now boasts a 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution, 44% more color saturation, and an astounding 3.1 million pixels packed into its screen. This has noticeable implications on the iPad 3’s screen, and viewing photos and videos are practically eye candy on it.
Apple threw in a 5 megapixel rear camera on this one (an improvement on the iPad 2’s resolution), and the typical VGA camera on the front for Facetime. Called the iSight camera, the image quality is a considerable improvement from the previous model’s, as well as the ability to shoot 1080p videos. Other tablets may have rear cameras installed as well, but a 5 megapixel camera is definitely top-notch.
The iSight camera features advanced optics, such as a f/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens, meaning the latest iPad is capable of capturing more light, resulting in fresher looking photos. The hybrid infrared filter is worth mentioning, too, as this feature is generally only seen in SLR cameras.
There’s not much to be excited about regarding appearance, though. TheiPad 3 looks very much like the iPad 2, with no noticeable modifications in design. Upon closer examination, it’s actually one millimeter thinner than the latter, making it easier to store and lug around. The fact that it’s 2.5 ounces lighter shows that Apple has been making improvements on the iPad’s mobility.
It looks like other major competitors have some catching up to do, as Apple has set the bar pretty high with its latest iPad.
Amy C. is an avid techie enthusiast who likes writing about the latest in mobile technology. When she’s not researching the latest release of Apple, she spends time working for DMac Industries, a b deck and steel deck fabrication company, specifically in its office administration and blogging activities. To learn more about Amy’s take on everything techie, stay tuned for her next post.