New iPad 3 reviews praise display, criticize voice dictation

By Posted 16 Mar 2012, 05:34

If you haven’t heard, March 16 is the big day when Apple officially open their doors and start taking orders for the brand new third-generation iPad tablet. If you are thinking of getting one either online or via retail, it’s a good idea to have a read of some reviews first, as we have picked out a nice selection for you.

The device will officially go on sale on Friday, but as we informed you earlier, lucky consumers in UK had the opportunity to pick up a device right on the stroke of midnight courtesy of selected Tesco supermarkets – did you manage to get yours? For everyone else, you are probably frantically checking your order page on the Apple store to see if that status has changed to shipped, praying that you’ll be able to open the door to a brand new iPad later on today.

So on to the reviews. From what we’ve seen, the general consensus is that the new Retina Display on the third-generation iPad is a fantastic addition, providing 4x the resolution quality compared to that on the iPad 2. When you take a look at the screens on the iPad 2 and the new iPad side-by-side, you should be able to easily distinguish the level of pixel quality between the two and you’ll find little details such as the app icons have a remarkable difference in pixel quality.

There is also a lot of initial praise surrounding the battery that is featured inside the new iPad. As most of you are aware, Apple has equipped a 4G LTE radio inside the iPad for the very first time, and the immediate concerns over this is whether it will have a huge impact on battery life or not. The pleasing aspect about this, is that it looks like Apple has found a clever way to balance heavy 4G LTE data usage on that new A5X processor as you’ll still get an average of 10 hours battery life on the new iPad – exactly the same as the iPad 2.

There are some early criticisms of the new device though. A review we’ve read over at the Guardian claims that the new voice dictation feature actually ‘isn’t very good’ and that it struggles to input your commands onto the device word for word. They have said that Apple really needs to improve on voice dictation much further, if they are going to call it a true ‘feature’ of the device.

Another gripe that you may realize once you pick up your device is that the front-facing camera remains untouched. Apple has upgraded the third-generation iPad with a lovely new iSight 5MP rear camera, but the front-facing camera still remains VGA quality, which isn’t exactly ideal when the iPad is a perfect device for Facetime and other video chat applications.

All in all, it looks like the new iPad is a must buy for previous iPad 2 owners and a very tempting acquisition for those who have always wanted to own an iPad. Below is a roundup of reviews that we have selected for you to check out. If you have already received your device, let us know your initial impressions.

Does the third-generation iPad meet your expectations?

The reviews

Slashgear

The Guardian – (Voice dictation criticism)

TechRadar UK

TechCrunch

USA Today

ZDNet – (VGA camera criticism)

  • Bianca

    If everything was there,why you can’t make it to play window media player?
    Do something to play window media player on the ipad and the laptop.
     

  • The_bigbatman

    Got Mine today So Far The Good The Screen Its Better Sharper Got Just a wifi one so can’t talk about
    4g speed The new 5mp cam is very good too Though I can’t realy ever see using it much. I find the tablet
    to clumbersome for picture taking. Now for the bad Compared to my Ipad 2 The back of the 3 Gets warm
    on the left side not hot but you can feel it. And charging times are more also it seems to not like many of my extra or older chargers that work just fine on my 2. All and all not sure if its worth the upgrade only time will tell if aps come out that really use the better screen  Btw had no problem getting it no waiting on line
    I just called a local radio shack around 5pm today to see if they had any they did at 2 stores and I went Picked one up.  Btw Bianca if you want WINDOWS media player get a WINDOWS based tablet or on a Mac Install WINDOWS and run the WINDOWS media player I do however wish that Amazon would get off
    there high horse smell the roses and have there video service work on the Ipad. (amazon prime) That would
    Help them get a lot more users to compete with Netflix.