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A No Holds Barred Evaluation of the New iPad

A No Holds Barred Evaluation of the New iPad

Apple called its first iPad tablet "magical," as if owning one would turn flatulence into a flowery fragrance and unlock the mystery of double complete rainbows. Instead it entranced millions of people into buying one, even though it lacked basic amenities like expandable storage, built-in cameras, and Flash support (back when people still cared about Flash).

This year Tim Cook took to the stage to introduce the world to Apple's "new iPad" -- not the iPad 2S, iPad 3, or iPad HD, just iPad -- with what Apple is billing as a "resolutionary" upgrade. One of Apple's big reveals is the Retina display. It was long rumored the new iPad would ship with a higher resolution display, and Apple made it happen by packing 3.1 million pixels into the same 9.7-inch panel, now with a 2048x1536 screen resolution, a big upgrade from the iPad 2's 1024x768 display and even beyond the boundaries of your Full HD 1080p giant screen TV. No small feat...

A No Holds Barred Evaluation of the New iPad

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Nice review Paul. Any idea what might be coming down the line for Android tablets? Does nVidia have something in the wings.

The other interesting thing is that most people only use their tablets for web surfing and reading so is the iPad 3 really worth the cost. I still don't own a tablet and have no reason to own this luxury items when my laptop only weighs a couple more pounds.

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For strictly Web surfing and reading, the Kindle Fire and 8GB Nook Tablet are interesting propositions, from a cost efficiency standpoint. So is a refurbished iPad 2 ($349), unless you're simply uninterested in Apple's ecosystem.

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For what's coming, towards the end of the year or early next year Nvidia will be coming out with the Tegra 4 (Wayne).

While whether the iPad 3 is worth it would depend on what you want to do and how you will use the device. All tablets impose different ranges of compromises but they all have their own strengths as well.

For the iPad 3 though, it's mainly a improvement in graphics. So unless you need that then the iPad 2, which is now $100 cheaper, may be the better deal. Or like the others suggested, if your needs are basic or you're not interested in the Apple ecosystem then one of the lower cost Android tablets may be preferable.

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Nvidia is going to be creamed by the Qualcomm S4 Krait processor which is now just coming out on smartphones and very soon (1-2months) newer generation tablets of all sizes from 7 inches to 10 inches. The S4 is almost twice as fast as the Tegra3 just running 2 cores of A15 variant. Its GPU is the Adreno 320 which is no sloughs either. The leaked HTC One X (running S4 @ 1.5Ghz) really tells the story on how this hotchip will dominate the same way the original Snapdragon chip dominate the market almost 2 years ago.

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I have the iPad-2 and wouldn't consider going to this one, even as nice as it is. Mine is nice too and still works great. It does all that I need it to.

The Kindle Fire is compelling to me because I want something for my wife to use and she doesn't like my iPad much.

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In regards to the Sunspider benchmark, lower is better. The results are in msecs. I get 1826 on the 2012 iPad and 1805 on the iPad 2.

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wow, is it just me or is that the only main difference between the ipad2 and the ipad3 is that it has a higher resolution and a 1gb ram? If you ask me this doesnt seem to be worth the money. The Kindle Fire seems to be much more tempting because of the price.

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I like that the ipad resolution has HD t.v quality, games probaly look great on this, but I'm still stuck on the price. Its seems like Apple is constantly coming out with a new ipad. I'm a kindle fire fan myself it's library is extensive and the amazon store is great.

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