TEST & RE­SULTS

Ap­ple’s New iPad

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Pro­cess­ing Power

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.

Web Ac­cess

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.

Cam­era

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.

Gam­ing

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.

Bat­tery

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.

Au­dio Video

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.

Pro­duc­tiv­ity

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.

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