BET­TER THAN THE BEST

THE IPAD SE­QUEL COMES WITH BUMPED UP SPECS AND AN IM­PRES­SIVE PER­FOR­MANCE.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - GC CHOICE - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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.

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