Apple iPad 3 is a third generation tablet which was released in the year 2012 and gained huge success globally. Though it was launched a couple of years back, so it won't be fair enough to compare it with latest options available in tablet computers. But surprisingly the device has all the qualities that make it compatible with current generation portable computing devices. The software part (operating system) can be upgraded to the latest one, so a normal user would not face any problem with the tablet at all.
The device offers outstanding functionality and comes with many useful features. It can shoot HD videos and provides easy sharing of pictures and other content on social networks. The tablet boasts an attractive design and includes advanced connectivity options. It packs powerful components under the hood and offers sufficient storage capacity to the users. Let's have a look at the key components of this device and find out how much suitable it is for us.
The Apple iPad 3 has a sleek design with curved edges and looks very premium. Aluminium have built the strong chassis, and the touch screen has been coated with an oleo-phobic material that makes it scratch-proof and reduces fingerprints and oil on the glass. The tablet measures 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm and weighs 662g (1.46 lb) so it is slightly heavier than the iPad 2. The device ships in Black and White colours.
An impressive feature of iPad 3 is its retina display with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution and 264 ppi pixel density. To get the best visual experience users should hold the device from the distance of approximately 15 inches from their faces. The device features large 9.7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with LED-backlit and 16M screen colours that provide better clarity and excellent colour reproduction.
The Apple iPad 3 runs on iOS 6 which can be upgraded up to iOS 10. The appearance of the Home screen seems almost similar to the iPhone. Users can download and place as many apps as they want on the home screen and access them by swiping the screens. The dock at the bottom tells you about the six most used apps and you can access the notification bar too from the top by simply swiping down the screen.
The Apple A5X has been integrated into the Apple iPad 3 which functions one generation older than A6X used in iPad 4 but there is no much difference in the functionality. The device is powered by 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor and packs PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU for incredible graphics. There are three variants available for both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular models that offer 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM for smooth navigation and multi-tasking.
Apple iPad 3 supports multiple useful services such as iMessage, Push Email, Instant messaging, Email, and iCloud cloud service. The device includes gyro, compass and accelerometer sensors too. It also has 3.5 mm jack to connect headsets and loudspeakers for better audio experience.
The camera quality of the Apple iPad 2 is better than its predecessor, and it packs a 5MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash. The camera offers multiple features like face detection, geo-tagging and touch focus to take respectable pictures and can shoot 1080p videos at 30 fps too. The VGA front camera can record 480p video at 30 fps, and supports video calling over Wi-Fi connectivity which makes is suitable for using FaceTime app.
Another impressive part of the Apple iPad 3 is its long lasting 11,560 mAh non-removable Li-Polymer battery that provides up to 9 hours of talk time and lasts up to 720 hours in standby mode in one go which is exceptional.
For wireless connectivity, the tablet has advanced options like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot, dual-band, Bluetooth v4.0 and A2DP. It also packs A-GPS and USB 2.0, and the Wi-Fi + cellular model accepts Micro-SIM.