8.9SCORE 72

Apple iPad (2012) Review

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An Apple review is an often tense battle between pride, momentum and fairness. The new iPad is an important product for Apple, for two main reasons: it brings Retina to all three of its main “post-PC” product lines, the iPad, iPhone and iPod. It also introduces LTE to a massive market at a time when the technology has yet to be fully tested on a massive scale. The true test of Canada’s LTE networks will come later in 2012 with the inevitable release of the new LTE-powered iPhone, but LTE on an iPad is a very big deal.

Summary

Yes, the Retina display is absolutely ridiculously stunning. Whether you love, hate or are ambivalent about Apple products, no other company has yet to mass produce a device with such an unmatched, and for a while, unmatchable, display.

Yes, the iPad is thicker and heavier. It also runs quite hot on the right side when under load. This is unfortunate, but not a disaster, and to many will probably go unnoticed.

Yes, the iPad is not a huge speed improvement over the previous version. In fact, in some cases it may be slower in some cases due to the GPU having to process four times the number of pixels. There were times I noticed the type of stuttering when scrolling through a web page or playing a game that I never saw on the iPad 2.

Yes, LTE is blazing fast, but it is not totally necessary on an iPad unless you mean to use it, at least part of the time, as a laptop replacement.

Yes, the battery takes much longer to charge, and battery life is a concern, especially since it’s much more difficult to “top up” than the iPad 2.

Finally, the camera is a fantastic improvement over the iPad 2, but the use case for a high quality camera sensor on a tablet is still debatable. For the occasional time you’ll need to snap a photo or quick video, the new iPad is great.

For a list of specs, check out our comparison article between the iPad 2 and the new iPad.

Still with me? Good. Let’s go down the list, from best to worst.

Display

Let’s start with the best part of the new iPad. The 2048×1536 pixel display is not only the sharpest tablet display ever created, but it’s probably the best screen I’ve ever looked at, period. It’s difficult to convey without hyperbole just how freaking fantastic the IPS display really is. For many people, one look at the new iPad will be enough to convince them they must have it. It’s not just about the pixel density, either: colour saturation is significantly improved, and the gamut actually appears more accurate.

Some reviewers have said that the new iPad’s screen is less warm than the iPad 2, but I don’t see it. If anything, I find deeper reds and greens to be remarkably close to my 23-inch Dell U2312HM, which has been professionally calibrated. I’ve never seen a more accurate display out of the box than this. This is actually corrobated by Dr. Raymond M. Soneira of DisplayMate in his article, New iPad Display Technology Shoot-Out: “The new iPad has a virtually perfect 99 percent of the Standard Color Gamut (a 38 percent improvement over the iPad 2). The colors are beautiful and accurate due to very good factory calibration – they are also ‘more vibrant’ but not excessively so or gaudy like some existing OLED displays.”

No one would argue that the iPad 2 has a poor display, but even before the new iPad debuted, it was obvious that its low pixel count was keeping it from being used as a de facto paper replacement for a lot of people. There were times when I would have to zoom in on text when I didn’t want to; on the new iPad it is possible, with good enough eyesight, to comfortably read at the lowest zoom level.

LTE Connectivity

This section is only going to be practically relevant to a small number of users, but it has lasting implications for the future of Apple products. Traditionally slow to adopt to new radio technologies (although always on the forefront of battery-saving WiFi and Bluetooth standards), the move to LTE means a couple things. First, that they feel like the technology has come a long enough way to not too adversely affect battery life. While the Qualcomm MDM9600 chip inside the new iPad is a first-generation RF chip found in most modern LTE smartphones and tablets, by the time the new iPhone is released it’s likely the more battery-efficient MDM9615 will be available in the market.

But LTE is significant for another obvious reason: it’s blazing fast. For many users, the new iPad will be their first interaction with the low-latency, high-output radio technology which, on average, performs four to five times as fast as incumbent HSPA+ networks.

I tested out all three network’s LTE speeds (below) and while some are faster than the other, the takeaway is that whichever commitment-free data plan you choose, you will be happy with the results. The upload speeds are what really set the standard apart from home broadband; no longer will be have to wait hours to HD video to upload to YouTube, to name but one use case.

Rogers had the fastest overall download speeds but the lowest average upload speeds, while TELUS’ LTE network pulled a rabbit out of a hat and, on average, performed consistently faster than both Bell and Rogers.

While there are certainly battery considerations to be made in the name of LTE, that Apple was able to maintain nine hours of usage over the new cellular network is a big break. If you’re out of a LTE service area, or just want to save some juice, the iPad provides a switch to turn it off, falling back to DC-HSPA+ (Bell or TELUS) or HSPA+ (Rogers) where available. Even 3G speeds are far better than the iPad 2, which maxed out at 7.2Mbps down. I was able to reach speeds of 13Mbps down and 3Mbps up using Bell and TELUS’ DC-HSPA+ network, and over 10Mbps down on Rogers’ HSPA+ network.

Apple has also increased the maximum app download size over cellular networks to 50MB fr0m 20MB, since many Retina-ready apps have larger assets that require the extra space.

LTE is not new to the Canadian tablet scene — we previously tested, and enjoyed, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE — but that fact that the new iPad is unlocked and capable of working on three carriers, as well as AT&T’s LTE network in the U.S., is going to be a big reason to pick one up. The flexibility, too, of being able to decide whether to renew the monthly data allotment on an a la carte basis, is stupendous.

Camera

Do you really want to be that guy taking photos on an iPad, or a tablet of any sort? Probably not, but if you don’t happen to have anything else handy, or just want to annoy others at a concert, the new iPad takes really good shots. It’s been discovered that Apple has combined the 5MP backside illuminated sensor of the iPhone 4 with the low-aperture five-lens system of the iPhone 4S, and the results speak for themselves. Quality is immeasurably better than the previous model, which maxed out at a measly 0.3MP on the back side.

Unfortunately, the front camera is identical to the previous model, and the VGA photos are grainy, lacking any true detail. This should be good news for those wanting to initiate FaceTime calls over LTE, right? I mean, a mere 640×480 stream should be no trouble over a capacious LTE network. Well, Apple either doesn’t agree or just forgot to enable FaceTime over LTE.

The back camera really is a great improvement, and if you remember how fantastic an improvement the iPhone 4 was over its predecessor, you’ll appreciate the work Apple put into making the new iPad a multi-faceted photography machine. Even low-light photo quality is high, which is good because the new iPad doesn’t have a flash.

With iCloud and PhotoStream, it is possible to obtain photos from a number of sources: another iDevice, such as an iPhone 4S; a Mac running iPhoto or Aperture; and the $35 iPad Camera Connection Kit. Add to that the recently-released iPhoto app, the picture-perfect retina display and LTE connectivity for downloading all those huge images, and the iPad is finally good enough for the amateur camera aficionado to do some serious work.

Battery Life

We tried to duplicate Apple’s claims of 10 hours of battery life over WiFi and nine hours over LTE, but only the first was true. Perhaps it’s because we don’t have a great LTE signal anywhere in Toronto, rarely going over three bars on any of the three networks (Rogers seemed the most consistent in our testing) but our testing showed around 7.5 hours of battery life from a single charge on LTE.

WiFi usage was far more in line with Apple, going even higher than the 10 stated hours. I reached 10 hours 48 minutes on our battery testing suite, which emulates a “regular” day of usage including web browsing, video, and vacillating between low and high usage.

Subjectively, battery life seems lower than the iPad 2, but not drastically so. Perhaps an hour less on a regular basis. The main drawback to the new iPad in terms of battery life is how long it takes to charge. From 0-100% it now takes nearly seven hours, nearly double that of the iPad 2. This is because the new iPad has a 42.5Whr battery cell, with 70% more capacity than the previous model. Incredibly Apple has managed to keep the new iPad’s thickness to only 9.4mm, up 0.6mm from the iPad 2.

Considering the new iPad uses Qualcomm’s rather power-intensive MDM9600 baseband chip to power the LTE, we’re confident that next year’s model, which will likely be equipped with the 28nm MDM9615, will be much more power efficient. Same goes for the new iPhone, which will presumably bring ultra-fast 4G to the phone form factor.

Another consideration is that the new iPad’s Retina display now sharp enough and colour accurate enough to be used at comparatively lower brightness settings than the iPad 2. I found that setting the iPad manually to around 35% brightness was sufficient for most use cases, and saved me nearly two hours in battery life, increasing uptime to over 12 hours.

Things should improve further when Sharp’s IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) joins the new iPad rotation. The technology is much more power efficient, requiring far fewer backlight LEDs than traditional amorphous silicone method employed by Samsung. The entire first batch of new iPads uses the old method which will gradually be phased out as the IGZO manufacturing process becomes more reliable. Production should pick up in the next four to six months, so halfway through the new iPad’s shelf life we should start seeing Retina displays with better battery efficiency at higher brightness levels.

Performance

The new iPad, contrary to some misinformation, does not use a quad-core processor. Instead, it uses the same 1Ghz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU from the A5 chip, but doubles the graphics capabilities by throwing in a quad-core GPU, specifically PowerVR’s SGX543MP4.

Without getting too much into benchmarks, the new iPad is fast with a few minor exceptions. Indeed, the new GPU makes short work of existing apps, ensuring scrolling, gaming performance and app load times are kept to a minimum. In fact, if you’ve ever used the iPad 2 you won’t notice much of a difference in the overall experience.

As others have pointed out, it is in the graphics benchmarks where the new iPad shines — games like Infinity Blade II and Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy look out-of-this-world amazing. This is the same GPU that is in the PS Vita, and it shows: though there are four times the number of pixels to power, all these Retina-optimized titles are smooth as silk. I did notice the occasional glitch, and some minor slowdown, when pushing the device to its limits, but those moments are few and far between.

It’s difficult to fault the new iPad in its performance, but there were times, like scrolling down a web page in Safari, that the device stumbled — performing a clear STOP-START — that was troubling. Now, it could be that there need to be some software optimizations made to various apps before they can run at an optimal speed, but I also suspect that Apple should have increased the CPU performance somewhat to compensate for the higher pixel density. The battery impact of upping the A5X chip to 1.5Ghz would have been negligible, especially if they had moved to a 32nm or 28nm manufacturing process.

Whether it was price- or supply-related, Apple chose to continue using the same CPU for the new iPad. This is the first time they have not updated the CPU portion of an iDevice, choosing instead to focus on the RAM (upped to 1GB from 512MB) and the GPU (double the speed). The overall experience is pretty fantastic, and few users are going to have any reason to complain. I’d suspect that performance on the new iPad will only improve once iOS 6 is released later this year.

Heat

There has been a lot of talk over the significantly higher heat output of the new iPad. Let me address it in one sentence: SERIOUSLY?

The new iPad is a little bit hotter than the iPad 2, mainly on the bottom right side near the processor. This is because there are double the number of backlight LEDs, a 70% larger battery and a crazy-fast GPU.

Any decrease in user experience due to the heat increase is negligible, especially if you use the iPad with a case. I have used Android tablets that ran so hot I felt like my skin was going to burn. This is not that.

Thicker and Heavier

The new iPad is slightly thicker (0.6mm) and moderately heavier (0.2lbs) and only the latter is definitely noticeable. Due to the dramatic drop in both thickness and weight between the first and second iPads, it was thought to be inconceivable that Apple would go “backwards.” And in those ways they certainly have. This will tick a lot of people off, but the vast majority of buyers will take one look at the screen and dismiss the increased weight and thickness as necessary evils.

It seems like Apple improved the quality of the aluminum on the back of the new iPad; it is less prone to scratches and feels a bit more robust. But in order to keep the weight to a minimum they changed the quality of the glass for the worse. The front of the iPad is extremely reflective, and notably more prone to attract fingerprints. While it maintains the oleophobic coating of previous models that allows for easy cleaning, I spend far more time cleaning the screen on the new iPad than the iPad 2.

The Rest

The sound quality has not improved on the new iPad, and many tablets now come with stereo speakers. Even the mostly-terrible Toshiba Excite 10 LE came with decent-sounding stereo speakers.

While most iPad 2 cases fit the new iPad just fine, the vast majority of them don’t activate the “Smart Cover” mechanism. It seems like the magnets in the new iPad have moved slightly, or are too deep for most cases to activate them. Apple’s own Smart Cover, however, works just fine but it was a bit of a nuisance to have to re-order my favourite case, which is otherwise identical, just for that one feature.

This year’s iPad doesn’t have an SD Card slot, nor Siri, nor an improved multitasking system. It won’t replace your laptop, even at the best of times, and while the virtual keyboard is good, it’s not that good.

There are still things I prefer on Android, like the ability to share between apps without relying on an explicit API. I prefer the relatively open design that allows developers to update their apps without having go through Apple first. And while I love the iPad’s design, I enjoy the wide selection of Android tablets.

The newly-added dictation system, which is present as a dedicated “microphone” button on the keyboard, works very well, but you’ll need to have access to the internet to use it. Contrast this with Google’s excellent real-time offline-capable dictation, and the iPad’s lack of Siri is quite a disappointment.

Storage sizes stayed the same this year, at 16GB for $519 up to $719 for 64GB. Considering the size of Retina-enabled media is often double what it was on the iPad 2, it would have been nice for Apple to up the storage space to 128GB this year. Alas, this will likely come next year.

new iPad (left), iPad 2 (right)

Should You Upgrade?

If you have an original iPad, yes. The new iPad is a huge improvement in almost every way. Despite it’s weight and girth increase, it’s still significantly thinner and lighter, and better in almost every regards.

If you have an iPad 2, the choice is less obvious. The new iPad has a V8 engine and uses a lot of gas; you’re also going to be refuelling more often. For most people, the iPad 2 is still the better choice: it’s cheaper, thinner, lighter and lasts significantly longer. But if you desire LTE or the Retina Display, the iPad 2 may seem a bit unkempt to you.

If you don’t like iOS, or Apple in general, the new iPad is going to do little to change that. We are expecting iOS 6 to debut some time this summer, but if you’ve ever used an iPad before, the sharper screen on the new iPad is not going to sway you.

Conclusions

This may be an unpopular sentiment around here, but the new iPad is by far the best tablet on the market. I review a lot of tablets, and the experience, from the quality of the hardware, to the screen clarity, to the quality of the software, is unmatched.

The Asus Transformer Prime, especially with a keyboard dock, is likely a better choice for the multitasker or the heavy business user, since apps can communicate directly with one another through the Android sharing API, and you can hook up a mouse and keyboard and use it like a laptop.

But most people don’t need me, or any other tech journalist, to tell them whether they want an iPad. They either do or they don’t. But if you’re dismissing it because you dislike Apple, or don’t like the grid-like appearance of the OS, I’d implore you to go to an Apple Store and take another look.

Starting at $519 for the cheapest model, and going all the way up to $849 for the 64GB LTE version, the iPad can get expensive, especially if you’re paying $35/month for a data plan. But for many users will be able to comfortably use the iPad for most computer-related tasks, and then cozy up in bed at the end of the day to read their favourite book, read some news or watch a movie. While you can do that on most tablets, cheaper or otherwise, the iPad still does it the best.

I wouldn’t recommend an iPhone to everyone who wants a smartphone, but I would recommend an iPad to everyone who wants a tablet.

Final Score

OVERALL

8.9OVERALL SCORE

The iPad continues to be the premiere device for those willing to spend a bit more to gain access to the best apps, games, magazines and multimedia on a portable device.

  • Jamie

    Actually it’s not retina ( <300 ppi)

    • Roger

      How does this fit in with Steve Job’s philosophy of devices being thinner with each generation? Oh wait, it doesn’t.

    • Rio

      lol I don’t feel like explaining why you are wrong but I am going to point out what you failed too.

      the iPad is still the only tablet with a PPI that high.

      And go do your research before making comments, there are a million posts, threads and artlicles as to why this iPad is retina display.

  • DoctorCell

    Haters gonna hate, but fandroids need to accept it; IPad is the best

  • Dimitri.k

    Of course Daniel Bader would do the review. Apple fan boy there. I love how he gave it a 9/10 yet the most other reviews on tablets he gave less then 9.. Shame. I really hope The staff higher then him can see this as well..

    “his may be an unpopular sentiment around here, but the new iPad is by far the best tablet on the market. I review a lot of tablets, and the experience, from the quality of the hardware, to the screen clarity, to the quality of the software, is unmatched.” That right there shows you are a Apple fan boy. Not to be rude but cmon.

    As for the iPad. Its a good tablet. Do not get me wrong. The only thing like 9to5mac said is that you do not need to upgrade to this one if you already have the iPad 2. The only good thing about this is the Retina display & the camera. I have played around with one at work when my buddy brought it over. It is fast & LTE is good as well on it. Most of the reviews i have seen said the same thing. Its not really worth to upgrade from the iPad 2 to the new iPad.

    Anyways who ever has it have fun & honestly i wish i could get one but for the time being ill stick to my laptop. No need to a Tablet yet for me.

  • jon_d0e1

    and it still doesn’t have a hdmi port where i run 20ft hdmi cable from tv to my tablet on my couch. i put decoration on the cable so it looks less ugly.

    • Rio

      lol or you Airplay it to your TV wirelessly, thats what I do. And it is much easier than running an HDMi cable across your room.

    • tbone

      Why not run a 2ft cable from your HDMI port and control your BB Playbook .. sorry iPAD with your phone remotely. I am sorry you can’t.

      Can someone list one core feature that the iPAD has that either an Android Tablet or Playbook does not?

    • Rio

      @tbone lol you keep controlling your tablet with your phone.

      I’m happy with not using any cables and mirroring what’s on my tablet to my tv. That way I use no cables and the tablet is always in my hands.

  • A

    What i don’t get is why the different speeds for Bell and Telus when they use the exact same access network.

    • Thomas

      Not for LTE they don’t. Shared build-out was only for HSPA so that they could get it done in time for the Olympics, and catch up to Rogers. Notice how since then, they have all launch LTE at different times, with Telus opting to go DC-HSPA for a few months leading up to their launch.

    • bob

      if they don’t share the same network for LTE then why do they have the exact same coverage in the exact same cities?

    • Cellularguy

      Actually Bell and Telus share towers not networks, Telus runs LTE and Dual Cell technology while bell is still using LTE and HSPA+ so there are slight differences in network coverage and speeds

    • Thomas

      Exactly. They share physical towers, but have their own radios on them. This means theoretically they have slightly different coverage, the maps they have online are not 100% accurate and not detailed enough to show this obviously. Each company also has entirely separate back-end, which also affects speed and reliability.

  • Steven

    Cue the enraged fanboys.

  • jellmoo

    It’s a little telling as to how other manufacturers haven’t been able to gain much traction in the premium tablet market. There seems to be two success stories: 1) Ultra low cost options (usually operating at a loss), 2) the iPad.

    The new iPad is strictly speaking a mild evolution. It isn’t ground breaking, particularly exciting, or really all that drool worthy. Yet it still manages to be the best tablet experience you can buy. For all of Android’s success in the smartphone market, manufacturers just haven’t been able to execute that success in the tablet space. Apple’s ecosystem is truly dominant here.

    I am mostly looking forward to seeing how Windows 8 does in comparison. It’s going to take a very slick marketing campaign and incredible dev support to attack the iPad.

    Well done review, hits the key points very well. Kind of glossed over the terrible front facing camera, but still hit the points as to how the iPad remains the king of the high end tablets.

  • Wasif Hasan

    Swag

  • MXM4K

    I’ve seen the latest iPad, and it’s true that the screen is definitely something to be seen first hand. The unit feels solid is a great tablet overall. A good choice for first time tablet buyers.

    Despite that, I’m quite happy with my Transformer (TF101), and I’m the type of guy who likes to keep his tech for a few years (as long as it still works). Not the Transformer Prime, nor the new iPad will make me want to upgrade any time soon.

  • Kid.Canada

    Lol @ 9.5 for the software. Everyone except for the fanboys are getting bored of the same old OS since the first day it was launched. Atleast allow us to add themes without jailbreaking Apple, geez..

    • Thomas

      Not necessarily true. People are adopting iPhones en mass in Canada, most people just like it cause its powerful and simple. Not everyone with an iPhone is a fanboy. (I use WP7 btw)

    • Ron

      What do you expect? Visually, Mac OS has hardly changed in the past 20 years. Apple just continues to add new features and improve it year after year. They will do the same thing with iOS.

    • Rio

      Because we prefer stability, timely updates and a overall better customer experience.

      The general public doesn’t give a rats a*s about how interesting your phone software is or how many widgets it can handle, they want customer experience. An os that doesn’t fail or is complicated, an os that is updated when an update is released.

  • BBMan

    So basically if I can’t see pixels on a screen from a certain distance,it’s a retina display?

    Okay then,everything I own with a screen is a retina display. That includes my calculator.

  • Awkward Turtle

    i’m tired of apple just spec-bumping it’s products. i can’t tell the difference, and it’s all getting rather boring. spice up the OS please. iPhone 5 better pack something new.

  • Theywillbepissed

    I wish these reviewers would stop bullshiting about the “retina display”. Saw the stupid thing in staples the other day and was expecting to ejaculate on the spot after reading all the reviews. Stupid screen looks nearly identical!!!

  • Dave

    I purchased the new iPad in US yesterday. For anyone looking to purchase US models, be careful, the 4G ATT model does not have the Personal Hotspot, Verizon one does but does not work with Canadian carriers due to no 2100 mhz for LTE. I ended up buying the wifi only model. Carriers suck!!!! All of them, why did Apple not make just one model, I know they need EVDO for Verizon, why not make one model. For customers who buy the ATT model and travel outside US, they do not receive any benefits of a personal hotspot feature.

    Buyer beware!!!

  • freestaterocker

    This isn’t a troll post, though I’ll surely be accused of it, but I bought one for my wife yesterday (16gb) and I was expecting it to be faster… It seems sluggish to me, compared to my HD7… Granted I realize it has about 5 billion more pixels to process, but the HD7 is running an “outdated” 1ghz single-core Qualcomm chip a also has significantly less ram… It’s still an impressive and capable device, but the UI is getting stale and I agree they definitely should’ve upped the CPU to handle the incredible resolution.

  • Theywillbepissed

    Just so everyone knows, a quad core gpu is nothing. Samsung galaxy s ii has a quad core gpu and asus transformer prime has an octacore gpu

  • Yourblindbuddy

    @Theywillbepissed

    Your blind buddy…staples is too cheap too put a new iPad on display, you were looking at an iPad 2.

    • Theywillbepissed

      @Yourblindbuddy – yes that must be it because according to daniel, when the ipad comes into view your hair turns white and you fall to your knees in the prescense of God’s most holy creation

  • W Young

    People who can’t see the difference in the screen need to get their eyes checked.

  • Gus83

    Will LTE help anyone but Robellus? Your kids can now stream a few hours of HD content with your deluxe 10 gb flex plan which should keep them happy for one day at their grandparents.

  • tom

    The part I don’t understand is where the review says that the display is ‘unmatched and unmatchable’.

    Since it was made by Samsung, not Apple (though I suspect that Apple was involved) can’t we expect to see similar displays on other tablets soon?

    After all, a year ago the iPad’s marquee feature was its thin and light’ness, and there were thinner and lighter competitors soon after.

    • Dimitri.k

      He is a Apple fan boy. This is why his Reviews are somewhat laughable when coming about Apple. He makes them look like God. Look at all the other tablet reviews he has done. He has given the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE a 7 score. Yet he gave this one a 9. :/.. This is why i never bother with this kid..

      Samsung is the one that made the display. I guess he forgot that Samsung can make displays for its own products & other tablets as well. Give it a few months & watch. Other tablets with different Operating software will have the same type of display or higher.

      What do you get from a Apple fan boy..

    • Daniel Bader

      @Dimitri.k,

      I promise you that if Samsung had the means to add a Retina Display to its own tablets they would have by now. Instead, they know that the massive iPad market (which is a factor of 50 bigger than the Android tablet market) is going to be far more profitable for them. Do you think that if they just stuck a 2048×1536 pixel display on their Galaxy Tab 10.1 all of a sudden they’d sell multiple millions?

      They have far more to gain by being Apple’s primary tablet manufacturing partner than by releasing their own Android tablets.

    • Slype

      @Dimitri.k i think the review is good and fair. Did you read it before making a comment? The only tablet to come close to an iPad is the ASUS transformer Prime. The Samsung Galaxy Tab – any size – is DOA. so what else do you want him to say? THere are some things I don’t agree with. camera and speed but whatever. IMO

    • Rio

      Samsung made it but Apple SHOWED them how to make it.

      Yeah they will have the same display in a couple months because apple is leading the way.

      lol cmon man, those were the worst bs argument I have seen you write. Reach down into your inner fanboy and come up with something better.

  • Jesse

    So just because a guy gives a high review of an Apple product, he’s a fanboy? If this is your train of thought, go visit the Android-centric sites and they can shove all of the words you want to hear into your computer screen.

    It’s a tablet that’s still leading the market for a reason. The only other tablet on the market that matches it is what….the Transformer Prime? That’s not available anywhere than online from what I’ve seen, so it’s not really “storming the market”.

    • Dimitri.k

      Actually Staples & also Best buy have them… If you open your eyes & look around or call around you will find it. I just called a few staples around my area in Toronto & out of the 5 i called 3 of them have around 6 each. So really i do not get where you are getting your info from.. You can even order them threw Staples.ca & Bestbuy as well.

  • Mattymo

    I think daniels review is spot on. I’m not an apple fan boy at all and usually convince peers to stick with android (if your kind of techhy) or wp7 if you like simplicity. My phone is android and has been for the past 3 years. I’ve had the playbook and convinced my brother to buy the prime. With that being said, the display on this is phenomenal and currently in the tablet market this is the best tablet to own. Android has a lot of catching up to do with its eco-system in the tablet market. Once they do, then it will be a different story. Until the then the ipad is the way to go if you are considering a tablet.

  • Marc-Olivier Hétu

    How can a device that is to most people nearly identical to the one year old one get 9/10 and be the best tablet on the market? Two options: fanboy or just isn’t aware of the Transformer Prime.

    • PkaTka1

      @Marc do you really think all of the reviewers are fanboys? C net gave it the best tablet award as well. Considering the better screen, super fast gpu, great camera, and LTE it is really a good tablet.

      ps stop accusing others of faboism if you are a fanboy yourself. All you do is post on stupid forums a bunch of garbage. If the transformer is such a great device then go BUY it.

  • PkaTka1

    Ok so Dimitri.k is already here. I wonder when SAM is going to post his troll comments?

  • charles

    im the only one here happy with my playbook?

  • W Young

    How many Transformer Primes were sold in the first weekend? Samsung can sell it’s IPS panels to Apple, which sold 3m in the first weekend, than have them in their own tablet, which sold how many? It’s all about making money.

  • Brandon

    I’m not an apple fan. I’m a fandroid. BUT I will say that the iPad is still a great tablet? Would I buy it? No. would I play around with my friends? Why not? The specs are great and it’s no wonder aplpes stock price took a giant leap since announcing this device. But I do want to say one thing. THE IPAD IS NOT A PHOTOGRAPHY DEVICE! I don’t care how high the MP’s are. I don’t care what sensors they use or what software they use. “you’ll appreciate the work Apple put into making the new iPad a multi-faceted photography machine.” No. It’s not a photography machine. Go buy a DSLR if you want to start doing photography. This is something that bugs me. HTC, Apple, Samsung, and all other OEM’s say it’s a photography camera. No it isn’t. It’s a “just in case” image capturing device. God.

  • W Young

    @Brandon, are you a pro photographer? You sound a little threatened by people using their cell/tablet cameras? The best camera is the one you have on you, and to me it’s my android sammy.

  • Jesse

    @Demitri.k, Exactly. There’s maybe six sitting around in Metropolitan areas. In the Kamloops area, I still have yet to see one.

  • no1 u no

    IPAD 3 IZ TEH BESTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 IT GOZ GR8 W MI IFONE 4S AND IZ BETTA THEN TEH ANNEDROYDZ AND THE PLAY BUK

  • jon_d0e1

    anyone know a good way to hide my 20ft hdmi cable i run from my tv to my couch? I put some Christmas lights decorations around the cable but my family keeps tripping over it.

    please dont say get rid of hdmi cable, it doesnt make much sense.

    • no1 u no

      uh u culd kill ur family and mak lolz about teh deths

  • Kid.Canada

    @Jon_D0e1 – staple it along the wall or ground and leave the excess behind the TV. That’s what I did for mine.

  • Jesse

    I just wanted to say thank you for the review…It was well done….I was thinking of getting the new ipad this summer to replace my pc…But I think I will get a Macbook or a Macbook pro instead…

  • Matt

    Now if only they could tick this sort of resolution into a 21-24 inch computer monitor (but at 16:10 please) I would pay 700 for that… preferably PLS.

  • CoPWNicus

    Good Review!

  • MightyRed

    The true test will be when Asus releases their Transformer Pad 300. The one that’s set to be the lower end and cheaper. That has great specs for a cheap device. That’s when (hopefully) people will see that Apple isn’t the only option out there.

  • no1 u no

    VAGINAL SEX IS ALMOST AS GUD AZ DIS TABLAT

  • no1 u no

    mi mommi sayz u hav ta be nic 2 me cuz im specical

  • Cell Hell

    I thought about getting one but I realized that what I really like about is the new screen and little else. As the review stated a tablet still doesn’t replace a laptop. There’s a lot to be said for physical keys.

    Also, after buying a Nexus I find myself irritated by any phone/tablet that doesn’t offer an SD card slot. This is just an annoying way for Apple to add to their bottom line.

  • Omis

    Just think how funny it will be when the next iteration of iPad comes out and you want to buy this one.

    Me: Do you have the new iPad for sale?
    Clerk: Yes, here is latest iPad.
    Me: No I want the New iPad
    Clerk: this is the new one.
    Me: no I want the Neeeeeew iPad
    Clerk: you mean the old iPad?
    Me: No the New iPad!
    Clerk: this is the latest iPad!

  • Frank duex

    See you all in 11 months when the New Ipad 2 is released with the same specs except for a 10 megapixel camera. It will be “the greatest tablet on the market”. Right. Maybe by then they’ll have more then 20 worth while apps that work with the new display. Funny how there is no mention of apps not working with the higher resolution. Strange.

    To each their own. I’ll take doing what I want over what I’m told when it comes to my electronics. I like customization and doing/running more then one thing at since. I am not stupid to the point that I need the most basic operating system imaginable to get the “most” out of it (the irony). Apple will release the iTv and choose what you watch, it will be revolutionary and offer the greatest consumer experience since there will be no lag from the remote to the TV anymore and no more confusion from consumers with having the ability to choose and do what they want.

    This world has gone full tard.

  • jr67

    @Dimitri.k yeah, sammy (and LG and Sharp) make the displays, BUT THEY CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO SELL A TABLET WITH ONE FOR LESS THAT $1000. Do you wonder why Sammy makes the display but you can’t buy a Sammy tablet with one? But then again, even if they build it and sold it for the same price as all, no one would buy them…just like now.

    Fandroid loves to dis Apple and claim there are superior tablets. Here’s an idea: buy another tablet and prove it. But you’re not. No one is. So STFU.

  • Daniel Bader

    @Pacoup, I don’t think the test was meaningless at all. Bell obviously employs a QoS that limits the total download speeds over its LTE network, otherwise they would have been the same. As you can see, TELUS and Bell achieved the same average upload speeds, so while they do use the same network, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have the same results, but will likely average out to the same over time.

  • JUST SAYING

    Here in Canada there is one problem only

    WE support the American product same thing with Ford or Chrysler their cars are Garbage and see what Honda and Toyota are making (good cars), I mean Americans and Canadians prefer to buy the North American product just for support.

  • tbone

    Apple’s distortion field has convinced the masses Retina at 960×640 pixels exceeds 1080p 1920×1080 pixel resolution by convincing the iTURD’s their eye sensitivity cannot absorb the additional pixilation enhancement 1080p offers. Doesn’t the Playbook offer 1080p HD? I would also say Super AMOLED HD found on numerous Android phones (Samsung) blows Retina out of the water. Not sure how the evaluator came to the conclusion best tablet screen ever??

  • Sam

    Ipad that can’t see ALL OF THE CURRENT INTERNET is simply a toy for kids….and women.

  • Bulletwithbatwings

    It remains that a tablet is closer to a pc/mac than it is to a phone, so until they address the following issues:
    no task manager
    no external storage physical option (cloud does not count)
    no optional widescreen model
    no built in hdmi out
    The iPad will remain a (somewhat useless) novelty item compared to the best Android has to offer (the Transformer, both versions)

  • xda hackman

    do the math
    build quality 9/10
    Performance 8.5/10
    software 9.5/10
    camera 8/10
    design 9/10
    display 8/10
    “phone” features 8/10
    battery life 7.5/10
    value 9/10

    My Math Reads 8.5/10
    But i don’t write for m/s so what do i know :D

    100% Trolling

  • xda hackman

    my math reads 8.5 out of 10
    unless you give a plus .5 for being an i sheep

    sure cnet said its the best tablet, and it sells alot of units but until you can run adobe suite it is NOT A TABLET.

    until you can create apps or games on it, why not get a laptop or pc…….isheep buy toys

  • jr67

    xda hackman
    Apparently Antards don’t buy anything. I’ll bet once you guys start graduating (hopefully) from high school you might actually buy an Android tablet. Until then, you just talk.

    • Steve jibs

      We don’t have old age pensions or child support payments to use towards useless electronics.

      I assume that because only old people and fat want to be cool soccer moms buy an ipad.

      “Hey kids aren’t grandpa and mommy cool with our ipads? We are so technology savvy!”

      Don’t be angry at teenagers for knowing better then to spend their hard earned money on overpriced under delivering ipads. :)

  • Eli muraya

    Thumbs up Apple,thumbs up,the new iPad is simply unmatchable with aoy other player in the market,but you guyz should stick with steve jobs philosophy of thinner devices as we advance technologicaly.

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