Apple iPad 4  vs

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Released November, 2012

Apple iPad 4

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 4
8.8 Out of 10
Armed with a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, we have to admit, the iPad 4 produces some pleasant photos that are worth saving for the memories.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
VS
Released March, 2012

Apple iPad 3

  • 9.7"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad 3
8.4 Out of 10
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)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 4 vs 3

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPad 4
8.5
iPad 3
8.1
Passmark, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPad 4
10.0
iPad 3
9.3
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad 4
7.2
iPad 3
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad 4
9.5
iPad 3
9.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and theverge.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPad 4
8.8
iPad 3
8.4

Winner
Apple iPad 4 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad 4  based on its performance, graphics, battery life and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 4 vs 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPad 4
1,346
iPad 3
958

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 4
850 ms
iPad 3
1,817 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPad 4
2,495
iPad 3
2,727

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
17.3 fps
iPad 3
6.8 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

iPad 4
54.4 fps
iPad 3
27.5 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Bottom view of Apple iPad 4

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 4

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Much faster graphics 17.3 fps vs 6.8 fps More than 2.5x better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Much faster javascript execution 850 ms vs 1,817 ms 2.1x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
Slightly longer battery life 11 hour vs 10 hour 10% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 40% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Slightly higher resolution front camera 1.2 MP vs 0.3 MP 4x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Nov, 2012 vs Mar, 2012 Release date 7 months later
Front view of Apple iPad 3

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 3

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Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 4  vs

9.3
9.1
The 1.3-pound iPad's 2048 x 1536 Retina display is still among the best we've seen on a tablet — I'd say the best, but the Nexus 10's display is also pretty great.
iPad 4

9.0
8.0
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'd be pretty much bang on the money.
iPad 4

Overall

8.9 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad 4  vs
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536
PPI 263 ppi 263 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11n
802.11g
802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.4 GHz 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS No Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes

storage

iPad 4  vs
Internal storage 64 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.2 MP 0.3 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP

ports

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

form factor

Weight 652 g 662 g
Size 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm 241 x 186 x 9.4 mm
Thickness 9.4 mm 9.4 mm
Battery life 11 hour 10 hour
Apple iPad 4
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