Apple’s third-generation iPad offers major improvements in its hardware, software and Internet cloud services, but retains the same overall form factor, price and extended battery life of its predecessor.
In our initial review of the first iPad in 2010, we had to introduce it as an entirely new category of product. A new form factor, a new feature set, new user interface and a new overall way of working with technology that Apple has since come to refer to as a “Post-PC” device.
In our subsequent review of iPad 2 last year, we had to note how quickly Apple had improved upon iPad in comparison to successive generations its earlier products, including the iPod and iPhone.
The latest iPad delivers new enhancements at an even faster pace than last years iPad 2. While it took Apple four years to bring its Retina Display to iPhone 4, iPad is getting similar treatment in just three. The new iPad also offers 4G LTE mobile data service that no version of the iPhone yet delivers. Unlike other vendors 4G devices, the new iPad doesnt compromise its long battery life to do so. The new iPad also delivers twice the RAM and twice the graphics processing performance of the latest Phone 4S.
This years iPad also now provides the same high-quality FaceTime that’s Apple’s new brand for VGA-quality video conferencing cameras and 5 megapixel iSight its resurrected brand now applied to cameras capable of HD video, with higher quality photo optics cameras that debuted on the more expensive iPhone 4. Previous iPads used the same basic 720p rear camera as iPod touch.
Read the entire article here (plus a side-by-side comparison): In-depth Review: Apples Third Generation iPad and iOS 5.1 | Apple Insider