BETTER THAN THE BEST
THE IPAD SEQUEL COMES WITH BUMPED UP SPECS AND AN IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE.
The Cupertino guys have lorded over the tablet market since the launch of the first iPad in 2010. There might be other tablets with specs that look good on paper, but Apple’s latest iPad upgrade has more to do with features that add to the user experience. So the New iPad, available in India since April 27, comes with a retina display, better camera, voice dictation and, of course, a dual core processor with quad core graphics for optimised performance. The new iPad isn’t a revolutionary product, but its evolution to keep itself at the top of the tablet pyramid is enough to make it a perfect candidate for GG Choice this month. 4G? 4G or no 4G, it does not make much difference for Indian as the country doesn’t yet have 4G phone networks to take advantage of superfast speeds. But we have to report that the new iPad worked without a hiccup with the 3G micro SIM. Heating Concerns: While the initial reports suggested that the new iPad had a heating problem, we did not face any such issue with the review unit. At times, it did get slightly warm near the left edge of the tablet, but nothing to alarm us. Build: Apple has stuck to its 9.7-inch display and most of the other design specifications. Place the new iPad next to the iPad 2 and you can hardly spot a difference. However, the new version has gained close to 60 gm. Performance: The new iPad has a better A5X chip with quad-core graphics and this definitely tells on the overall performance. There are many apps now that have been upgraded for the retina display and all work without any lag. Battery: With so many improvements Apple has had to work hard to sustain the 10 hours battery life. With average use, including web browsing, emails, app downloads, camera, movies, etc, we had to charge the new iPad only once every two-three days.