The new iPad is here but it’s not called iPad 3 but simply “new iPad”. If you think iPhone 4S was bad because it should be called iPhone 5 instead, although I believe Apple deliberately hold on the extra juices meant for a “real iPhone 5″, this latest new iPad is worse because the naming somehow send the tablet back to stone age. It should at least be called iPad 2S or something along that line. But why Apple chose to call it new iPad?
Maybe Tim Cook thought we should not confuse first time buyers with which generation they’re getting their tablet so a simple new iPad would do. It’s just like when you purchase your new Toyota Camry, you don’t get to see Camry 2 or Camry 3 glued on the car. If people don’t get confuse with their new Camry so why should you complain about new iPad? Well, maybe Tim Cook wanna start something on his own and not following Steve Jobs’ number modelling since this is Tim’s first appearance in a major product release.
Anyway, you still can call your new iPad, the iPad 3, third generation iPad or whatever you like but let’s analyse the difference between iPad 2 and iPad 3 (errr, I meant new iPad) to see if it’s worthwhile to buy one. So here goes comparison between iPad 3 vs iPad 2
1) Higher Resolution – Retina Display
- iPad 3 has the much-awaited retina display 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), compare to only 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) for iPad2. The new iPad has a million more pixels than an HDTV and this is perhaps the single compelling reason why you should get the new iPad 3.
- While it’s true that this latest iPad 3 packs more pixels than any widescreen 1080p (1920×1080 pixel) devices do, the new iPad 3 has only 264 ppi as compared to real retina display of 326 ppi demonstrated by iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.
2) Faster (Graphic) Processor
- This is perhaps a marketing gimmick but Apple claims the latest iPad 3 tablet comes with a super fast quad-core A5x chip, instantly positioning the device ahead of Samsung.
- However in actual fact, it’s not the main processor that’s quad-core but rather the graphic processor. The CPU (central processor unit) is still 1.5GHz dual-core as argued by some critics. The ball is now at Apple’s courtyard to show some clockspeed specification to back its claims.
3) Faster 4G Connection
- The new iPad 3 will have models starting at $630 that support 4G LTE (up to five times that of current networks on both Verizon and AT&T. So if you’re using it in U.S. you’ve to specify whether your carrier is Verizon or AT&T because both use different LTE bands. Even Australia’s first 4G network, offered by Telstra, uses a different frequency (1800MHz) to 4G networks available in the United States.
- However, if you’re from countries such as Malaysia, don’t bother because main carriers such as Maxis, Celcom and DiGi are not 4G yet although P1 claimed to be 4G broadband (only).
4) Better Cameras
- While the earlier iPad 2 had a 720p HD camera only, the new iPad 3 iSight camera now has 5 megapixel with tap to autofocus and has HD video recording (1080p) with in built video stabilization.
- This is the same camera integrated into iPhone 4S’s rear camera, although there is no flash and the front-facing camera is still VGA (640×480 pixels) – meaning FaceTime still sucks.
- To take advantage of the iSight camera, Apple has developed iPhoto, an app that allows users to edit their photos, tweak color, exposure, and contrast before share them straight to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or iCloud. The iPhoto will cost $5 bucks though.
5) Better WiFi and Bluetooth
- The new iPad 3 features Bluetooth 4.0 technology compared to iPad 2 which had Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology. Wi-Fi + 4G also features support for the ultrafast 4G LTE (700, 2100 MHz), the next generation wireless technology for superfast web experiences which was not there earlier. iPad3 can also act like a personal hotspot if supported.
6) Better (or Higher) Price
- New iPad 3 is available for Wi-Fi ($499.00 16GB ; $599.00 32GB ; $699.00 64GB) and Wi-Fi + 4G LTE ($629.00 16GB ; $729.00 32GB ; $829.00 64GB) compared to the now cheaper iPad 2 Wi-Fi ($399.00 16GB) and Wi-Fi + 3G ($529.00 16GB).
- The discounted iPad 2 would be a good arsenal to combat competitor such as Samsung, not to mention an alternative for potential customers who don’t really care about 4G or retina-display.
- While Apple claimed the weight of the new iPad 3 is the same as the older iPad 2, there is a difference though.
- While iPad 2 (WiFi) was at 1.33 pounds (601 g), the new iPad 3 (WiFi) is heavier at 1.44 pounds (652 g). The extra weight was due to the larger internal battery needed to run the mind-blowing ‘resolutionary’ screen.
8 ) Thicker
- The new iPad 3 has got thicker at 0.37 inch (9.4 mm) whereas the older iPad 2 was a little thinner at 0.34 inch (8.8 mm).
9) Same Battery Life
- The older iPad 2 have had 10-hour battery life (9 hours on 3G) and so does the new iPad 3 (9 hours on 4G LTE) despite its battery draining high-resolution screen.
- However the battery which comes with new iPad 3 is very much bigger (hence the thickness) because while iPad 2 has a 25 watt-hour battery, the new iPad 3 has a 42.5 watt-hour battery.
10) Voice Dictation (Not Siri)
- While many speculated Apple would integrate iPhone 4S Siri voice assistance into iPad 3, it didn’t materialize. Instead, Apple gave something Siri-like, Voice Dictation, which translates what you say into words. This small brother of Siri is a new button on the keyboard allowing for voice dictation.
So, would you get yourself this new iPad 3 or even sell-off your existing iPad 2 (which it still fetches some money) for a brand new iPad 3?
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