Apple iPad March 2012

The Good Apple's new iPad includes a stunning new screen, matched by a quad-core graphic processor and the world's largest app and media store to feed it content. There's a proper 5-megapixel rear camera now, with 1080p recording quality. Optional 4G data from AT&T and Verizon afford an uncompromising mobile experience.

The Bad The new iPad is slightly heavier than last year's model; apps and movies optimized for the screen might take up more space; and ports for HDMI, USB, and SD require adapters.

The Bottom Line With a host of improvements--faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen--the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

Apple iPad March 2012

Mar 2012

Editors' note: This review was updated March 18, 2012, with CNET Labs battery test results. Also, we made correction to the new iPad's screen brightness.

Update October 23, 2012: The third-generation iPadreviewed here has been replaced by a fourth-generation iPadthat adds a faster A6X processor and a Lightning connector. Apple nowalso offers a smaller 7.9-inch iPad Mini withprices starting at $329.

Apple's new iPad is a mix of the familiar and the futuristic. Its design remains practically unchanged from last year's iPad 2. Its internal components and wireless capabilities have only received a predictable bump. You'd think Apple fell asleep at the wheel with this one--until that moment when you turn on the screen.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $599
  • Brand Apple
  • Diagonal Size 9.7 in
  • Type Apple iOS 5
  • Monitor Features Retina display, anti-fingerprint
  • Weight 23 oz
  • Color Category black
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
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