Apple iPad 3

Released March, 2012
  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
The iPad 3 has the best video playback quality we've seen from the Apple tablet range so far (although the smoothness of the iPad 4 is a touch better), with the expected good levels of sharpness.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
8.4 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPad 3

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 3
8.1
iPad 4
8.4
Nexus 10
9.0
Passmark, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 3
9.3
iPad 4
10.0
Nexus 10
10.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 3
7.0
iPad 4
7.2
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 3
9.2
iPad 4
9.5
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 1 more

8.4

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 3
8.4
iPad 4
8.8
Nexus 10
8.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPad 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 3
960
PadFone 2
5,411

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 3
1,817 ms
iPad 4
850 ms
Nexus 10
1,371 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPad 3
2,727
PadFone 2
2,172
iPad 4
2,495

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 3
6.8 fps
Surface Pro 3
48.8 fps
iPad 4
17.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 3
27.5 fps
Surface Pro 3
107.5 fps
iPad 4
54.4 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPad 3


8.4
The really impressive feat of the iPad Mini, the surprise, is that it seems to handle all the iPad's normal duties while being shrunken down.

8.0
The new tablet was unveiled alongside a new iPad 4, a new Mac mini and a stunning new 13in MacBook pro Retina display, and will be arriving well in time for Christmas and Thanksgiving thanks to an iPad mini release date of 2 November.

9.1
The new iPad is also equipped with a greatly improved camera on its back (a 5 megapixel shooter, not unlike the one featured on the iPhone 4), new 4G LTE options (for both Verizon and AT&T), and a considerably more powerful processor.

8.0
Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

This is more the sort of application that really benefits from a tablet screen and the Retina Display - lining up enemies for the that all-important head shot was much easier than on the iPad 2, with the improved contrast ratio really making it easier to set up the snipe.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
You can imagine that a device designed for internet browsing is only going to be improved hugely with the addition of a high resolution Retina Display - and you're be pretty much bang on the money.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)

Apps

iTunes HD video looks superb, while watching YouTube videos are also an impressive experience.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Of course, all the standard apps have been reworked to support the new resolution, and most of the premium apps coming out will support it.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
We really don't want to see 400MB-500MB apps becoming the norm on the iPad 3, as even with a 32GB model once you've chucked in a couple of HD films you'll be having to think about which apps you want on there… and that's never a good thing on a device – just ask HTC Desire owners.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

Resolution

Regardless, the new iPad’s new screen will be a Godsend for those who like to read or game on their tablet, as even zoomed text is lovely and smooth while compatible games burst with detail.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
Still, we’d rather take those extra pixels and more accurate colours any day, and we have no hesitation in calling the iPad 3’s Retina Display the best tablet screen out there, followed by the Prime’s IPS Plus.
by TrustedReviews (Sep, 2012)
But thanks to the visual impact of the new iPad's high-resolution display, it's an easy detail to look past.
by c|net (Mar, 2012)

Battery

The iPad's device features, such as Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP, EDR), Wi-Fi 802.11 n, 3G, and 10 hours of battery life, are all here, and in many cases are still the bar by which other tablets are judged.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
As far as the battery life of the new iPad is concerned, I can say that the device pretty much lives up to Apple's ambitious claims.
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)
The original iPhone was a 2G-only device (ostensibly to conserve battery life), and clearly the antenna on the original iPhone 4 had form-over-function syndrome (at least for some users).
by The Verge (Mar, 2012)

Network technology

While the benefits of 3G connectivity are obvious, it's not all smooth sailing for the iPad 3G.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Yep, so that's available on the iPhone, and whether you need this 3G variant really depends on if you think you'll need the 3G capability when you're out and about.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support None
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 662 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm
Battery life 10 hour
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