TEST & RESULTS
Apple’s New iPad
The tech world is going ga-ga about the new quad-core chips invading smartphones and tablets. But Apple was wise enough to continue with a Dual Core A5 processor. For heavy graphic gaming and graphics, the iPad however uses quad core graphics. The new iPad can easily play full HD videos and passed with the flying colours in the high resolution image test as well. This tablet took less than 32 seconds to start.
Safari is the default browser on the new iPad as well, but we decided to load a few pages on the Chrome Browser for our tests. We had the 4G + Wi-Fi variant of the iPad. So we uploaded and downloaded content and browsed the web on both Wi-Fi as well as cellular networks. While the speeds on the Wi-Fi network were stable and fast, the experience was relatively slow on the 3G network.
Just like smartphones, even the new iPad has an impressive 5MP camera. Apple has neatly used advance optics with an f2.4 aperture and five element lens that captures light efficiently as found in the Apple iPhone 4. The only feature missing is the HDR mode that can be added with the help of third party applications. This tablet also captures full HD videos. Plus, the front facing camera can be used for video calling.
Undoubtedly, iPad is counted amongst the few gadgets that offer superb gaming experience and is capable of giving competition to gaming consoles like the PSP. This tablet also has access to a wide variety of free and paid games that can be easily downloaded from the Apple App Store. The heavy graphic games that we tested launched quickly and there wasn’t any lag while playing.
Portability & Design
The new iPad has a rectangular design with a 10.1-inch capacitive touch display dominating the front. A circular button has been placed below the display to minimise and switch between running apps. A 30pin proprietary charging connector has been placed at the bottom. With 9.4mm thickness, the new iPad is 241.2mm tall and is 185.7mm wide. At 622 grams it doesn’t feel very heavy to hold either.
The new iPad has got a superb display and quad core graphics that hogs a lot of power. But all this has not affected the battery backup. Apple claims to offer 10 hours of battery backup and we got close to eight hours on continuous usage that included browsing, playing games and watching movies. With just a couple of hours daily use, a single charge was good enough to last a week.
The 10.1 inch capacitive touch display comes with a 2048x1536 resolution that is just ideal for watching full HD movies or playing heavy graphic games. Here we don’t have any complaints about the viewing angle either. However, when under bright light, the screen catches reflections and that was a spoiler. The sound volume is loud but for an amazing experience we prefer to use external speakers or docks.
Data Storage & Transfer
This is one front where the iPad doesn’t score all that well. In terms of connectivity, the iPad is Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, but there aren’t any USB ports for plugging in a pen drive. Similarly, the Bluetooth is restricted and cannot be used for transferring images and audio. The iPad has to be connected to the PC to transfer data. No expandable memory card slot either.
The capacitive touch display is very responsive making navigation easy. Typing on the onscreen keypad is also accurate after the initial hiccups. We could also split the keyboard into two. As the iPad operates on iOS, only notes and calendars are a part of the platform. There are many utilities applications available on the App Store for creating documents, reading/annotating PDFs, etc.
Value for Money
Even though we tested the 64GB, 4G +Wi-Fi version of the new iPad, we don’t think so much storage space is required for the tablet. You can easily pick the 16GB 4G +Wi-Fi version for 38,900.