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Well.. its clear that Apple are onto a winner with the iPad and the third iteration does not disappoint. While at first glance it looks very like the iPad 2, on the inside there has been some serious changes.
Differences? Well first of all the new iPad has a retina display running at 2048 x 1536 at 264ppi - which essentially means it is absolutely gorgeous to look at.. Everything from text to images look substantially better, plus with the addition of increased colour saturation I cannot stress how good HD photos look on this device. This for me is the probably the main reason you will want one of these.
Adding to this is the A5X processor and an increase to 1GB of RAM, meaning you really don't experience much waiting when using the iPad. Everything feels very responsive. I look forward to seeing what games developers can do with the improved quad-core graphics processor in the iPad also.
As is now the norm from Apple, build quality is as you would expect. Lovely aesthetics - Aluminium casing and oleophobic, scratch-proof glass are married together to produce a clean, and quality finish.
Further improved is the camera, which has moved from 0.7MP (mega-pixels) to 5MP. This is a substantial increase, plus the same 5 element lens system used on the iPhone 4S makes for some impressive photo's and Full HD (1080p) quality videos. One criticism in my opinion is the lack of flash which will render the camera a lot less effective in some situations.
Even with this powerful display and improved processing, battery life is more than acceptable. You can expect around 2 days usage between charges.
One addition to functionality is the use of voice dictation. I find it to be really very accurate, perhaps only having some difficulty with my Geordie accent from time to time!!
Personally, I find that my iPad serves as a device for the living room and on the move. Its a fantastic way to enjoy the internet in comfort. For too long I have sat at a desk trying to read the best the internet has to offer while uncomfortable and in some pain. Now I can sit/lie on the sofa and read long posts as if they were part of a book. Browsing the internet (in the most part) is the most enjoyable for me on my iPad. The lack of flash is still an issue, but one that is becoming less and less thanks to HTML 5. Also, the new HD camera allows me to capture family moments in great quality and in video.
The new retina display has also improved my experience doing what I enjoy the most on the iPad, reading. Text on this device is so impressive I really find reading on it to be a real pleasure.
For those who have never used an iPad I honestly believe now is the best time to go ahead and at the very least have a go. I'm certain you'll be impressed. It is simply one of the most enjoyable ways to consume the web to date.