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iPad 3 review

Sharper screen, faster innards - but is it worth the update?

The gaming element of the iPad 3 has been enhanced once more with the addition of the A5X chip, which was not the quad core A6 chip we though Apple would be launching.

However, the A5X does come with quad-core graphical capabilities, which the Cupertino brand is promising will out-do the likes of the nVidia Tegra 3 chip, which is fully quad core, when it comes to gaming.

New iPad 3 review

We've given a few games the run around to see if the iPad 3 can really give the likes of the PS Vita, and even consoles themselves, a run for their money.

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

This is meant to be one of those games that really push the iPad 3 to its limits, allowing users to really experience visuals on the Retina Display that can match and even beat the likes of the PS3 and Xbox.

New iPad 3 review

Well, in reality, that's a pretty lofty claim that's not really managed. Sure, it looks great on the screen, but the gameplay and even the graphics aren't the best we've even seen - there was an obvious amount of polygons flying around at times, and the smoothness of the app wasn't as 'buttery' as we've seen on other titles.

On the iPad 4 it's a different story - that's definitely the model to get if you want the best Apple can offer for gaming on the go.

Overkill

This is more the sort of application that really benefits from a tablet screen and the Retina Display - lining up enemies for the that all-important head shot was much easier than on the iPad 2, with the improved contrast ratio really making it easier to set up the snipe.

New iPad 3 review

Eliminate: Gun Range

This is one of the first titles to really make use of the gyroscope in iOS devices, and it's still a great way to test the gameplay of the additional sensor.

The iPad 3 doesn't really have the accuracy of the iPhone though when it comes to being tilted this way and that for game play, plus it's a more cumbersome beast so getting your shots lined up can be a little more difficult than you'd hope.

New iPad 3 review

Angry Birds

No gaming section on an Apple device would be complete without looking at the old classic, and it's hard to find a bad word to say about the HD version of the game. The larger graphics already look great on the tablet, and the game play is flawless with that much RAM and computing power behind it.

New iPad 3 review

We're really hoping that a Retina Display version of Angry Birds makes its way to the App Store soon, as we could do with a side by side comparison to see how much better flinging the feathered offenders towards little green pigs is with more pixels to gawp at.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerApple
Graphics Controller ManufacturerApple
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time10 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
WimaxNo
Product FamilyiPad (3rd Generation)
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformiOS
ColourBlack
Operating SystemiOS 5
Brand NameApple
Form FactorSlate
Processor TypeA5X
Screen Size24.6 cm (9.7")
Screen Resolution2048 x 1536
Weight (Approximate)653.2 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Country of OriginChina
Height241.3 mm
Width185.7 mm
Depth9.4 mm
Screen ModeQXGA
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product ModelMC705B/A
Product NameThe new iPad Tablet Computer
Product LineiPad (3rd Generation)
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberMC705B/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing InformationIt's brilliant. In every sense of the word.

Pick up the new iPad and suddenly, it's clear. You're actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, we made the fundamental elements of iPad better - the display, the camera, the wireless connection. All of which makes the new, third-generation iPad capable of so much more than you ever imagined.

Retina display. See everything like never before.

Four times more pixels than iPad 2. Razor-sharp text. Richer colors. The Retina display transforms the entire iPad experience. So everything looks and feels incredibly lifelike and perfectly detailed.

Package Contents
  • The new iPad Tablet Computer
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • Documentation
Limited Warranty1 Year