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Everything you need to know about the new iPad

It's iPad day! Before you open your new toy or before you pull out your credit card to make your purchase, let CNET be your guide to Apple's latest tablet.

Yes, the new iPad has a pretty screen.

Apple's next iPad is here. For many gadget geeks (maybe a million, actually), the chance to see the new tablet's higher-resolution display and 4G LTE action will be a moment to savor. And even if you're not an Apple fan, its arrival makes the tablet wars that much more exciting.

Whether you already have your device, you're still deciding whether to buy, or you're just curious to see how the next iPad fares, CNET can be your guide to understanding the new iPad, what it promises, and what it delivers. We'll add to this list as we keep exploring, so be sure to check back over the next few days.

Donald Bell's authoritative hands-on review
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.

CNET Asia's new iPad review: iPad is still the tablet king
CNET's Singapore editors weigh in on Apple's newest iPad. Here's what they think.

Unboxing the third-generation iPad
The CNET Australia crew unpacks their first new iPad. Catch their unboxing all the way from Sydney.

Five non-surprises from first 'new iPad' reviews
Ahead of Friday's third-generation iPad release, the first group of reviews is out. CNET rounds up five not-so-surprising findings from among them.

New iPad launch: Live from the streets
CNET reporters will be out in force Friday covering the launch of Apple's new iPad, which is expected to draw big crowds. Join us for our continuous live coverage.

Here's who should buy the new iPad
Apple's new iPad is beautiful, but it might not be the perfect fit for everyone. Whether it's your first iPad or just another upgrade, everyone can use a little buying advice before breaking out the credit card.

Windows 8 and why to wait on the new iPad
It's perfectly fine if you're unsure about whether you want Apple's new iPad. Here are a few reasons why holding off on that purchase may be a good thing.

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Five tablets that go where the new iPad doesn't
The new iPad is nearly upon us and will likely be an excellent continuation of the line. It doesn't do everything, though, and what it lacks in features and affordability, these five tablets attempt to make up.

The best iPad carrier for you
The new iPad is available on several carriers, two of which include 4G LTE. Here's the lowdown on the pros and cons of both networks.

AT&T vs. Verizon, 4G LTE networks battle it out
Apple newest iPad is the first to offer a 4G LTE data connection. But as when buying a phone, choosing the best carrier is an important step.

Caution: Streaming video will chew through your 4G iPad data
Apple's new iPad makes a splash as Apple's first LTE-compatible device, but you'd better keep an eye on your video usage over 4G. Streaming movies over LTE could be the death of your data budget.

Here are 20 apps ready to go for the new iPad
What apps will be ready for the new iPad's screen? CNET rounds up 20 apps that will be ready to go, and a dozen others just around the corner.

11 older apps that will look great on the new iPad
With so little time to get "Retina-ready," not many apps have been upgraded in time for release, but this collection of apps will look great, ready or not.

Here's why apps won't be ready for the new iPad
The new iPad's Retina Display is definitely arriving this Friday, but will your favorite apps be ready?

Best iPad 3 cases and covers
Looking for a new case or cover for the third-generation iPad? Here are CNET's top picks.

Best Android tablets with 4G
Don't let the new iPad fool you. When it comes to 4G-capable tablets, Android has a head start, with more options, on more carriers.

Desperate for that new iPad? Buy it at Wal-Mart at 12:01 a.m.
Wal-Mart is getting a jump on Apple's retail store sales of the third-generation iPad by almost 8 hours.

Apple's new iPad torn apart for science, mystery parts
Popular gadget tear-down site iFixit has begun picking apart Apple's new iPad, offering one of the first looks at its innards.

Update, Friday at 11:55 a.m.: Added links to full review of the new iPad and more information.