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New iPad 4 review

The iPad 4th generation has landed - and it's a bit faster

Our Verdict

We do feel there should be a touch more "awesome" at this price, but once you've gazed adoringly into the Retina Display, you'll struggle to not hate any tablet that isn't this good.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 2048 x 1536
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Great display
  • Easier connector
  • Faster innards

Against

  • Not much of an update
  • Still slightly weighty
  • Price is too high

Camera

One of the main upgrades on the new iPad 4 is the camera – we're talking a move from 0.7MP (which in itself was a move from no camera at all) to a 5MP offering.

This is relatively similar to the snapper located in the iPhone 5, with a ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens offering up some pretty tasty specs for the amateur photographer that likes to take a quick snap now and again.

We should also mention the 'tap to autofocus' mode as well – it helps correct the sharpness and exposure levels of the image, and really works.

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Despite the upgrade in specs, it's hard to believe Apple has really made the camera a priority, as there are some elements we're struggling to understand.

For instance, you're able to take a photo using the volume key to make it easier to snap. Firstly, this is quite stiff and leads to some picture wobble, and secondly, doing it this way means it's almost impossible to not put your finger over the lens.

There's no flash to speak of, which we can kind of understand given the packaging gone into the iPad 4 chassis, but it would still be nice on occasion.

New iPad 4 review

And the shutter speed, which is so impressive on the iPhone 4S with lower specs, isn't present here – we're not talking much slower, and it's pretty fast – but there's a slight delay between snaps.

There's also no hint of High Dynamic Range (HDR) options on the new iPad, which means you don't get those beautifully interpolated photos so many people like on the iPhone.

However, Apple has kept the new iPad 4 camera simple – we're happy with the results, but it's more a decent camera in case of emergency rather than your primary snapping weapon of choice.

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In strong light, the level of detail is impressive

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You can touch the screen to set the exposure level - here the sun is tapped

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And here the darkest part of the screen

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At full zoom, the noise gets pretty dicey

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The automatic macro mode is highly impressive - this is with the sensor almost pressed against the object

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And this is the image from further away

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Text focuses quickly and is highly legible

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Indoor shots are a little grainier - but tapping to alter the focus has a great effect

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Here tapping on the fireplace opens up the shot to a different level of brightness

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This was a very quickly taken image - we were impressed with the result

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However, the lack of flash really lets down the darker shots - this would have been an awesome photo else

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Video

The video camera on the new iPad 4 manages to now shoot in 1080p at up to 30 fps, with the front facing camera managing VGA quality at the same 30fps.

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There's not much more to say about the camera, as there's no option to mess about with the settings when you're taking a video.

However, the anti-shake effects are very good - quality is strong and the built-in image stabilisation is deeply impressive – our best bouncy walk should have made for unwatchable footage but the new iPad shrugged it off.

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/R
Product NameThe new iPad Tablet Computer
Product LineiPad (3rd Generation)
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part NumberMC705B/R
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