Apple iPad MC705LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) NEWEST MODEL

Apple iPad MC705LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) NEWEST MODEL

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  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

Apple iPad MC705LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) NEWEST MODEL

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  1. Scott Showalter "purefusion" says:
    407 of 436 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Predictably Remarkable. The best tablet in its 10″ class, but still no 7″ version!, March 16, 2012
    Scott Showalter “purefusion” (Ohio, USA) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Apple iPad MC705LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, Black) NEWEST MODEL (Personal Computers)

    I was able to secure the new iPad at our local Apple store this morning, as ours wasn’t too busy, but I also got to spend a little time with a review model beforehand. In any case, I’ll take you hands-on with the new model, plus I’ll share my experience from my past two years of iPad ownership altogether, especially for those who haven’t yet had an iPad to call their own. I’ll also reveal a treasure trove of info on how you can legitimately download tons of quality apps and games for free, in hopes of making this the most helpful iPad review on Amazon!

    My review tends to run long, so I’ve organized information by section, with headings, to make it more helpful for those just looking for specific info. For example, see the heading “Downloading Apps and Games” for the info on obtaining free apps and games!

    First, let’s quickly cover what’s new, and what each means for you:
    + Retina Display – twice the resolution of the iPad 2, at 2048 x 1536 pixels (264px/in)
    + 5 megapixel rear-facing camera – take photos with over 8x higher resolution and quality than the iPad 2 (but still no flash)
    + Dual-core 1GHz A5X processor with quad-core graphics – better multitasking and flawless high-res graphics performance
    + 4G LTE capable – faster mobile connections on AT&T and Verizon when in 4G-LTE-covered network area

    If you’re considering the now-cheaper iPad 2, here’s a quick recap of what was new last year:
    + Dual-core 1GHz A5 Processor – better multitasking, 9-times faster graphics
    + 3-Axis Gyroscope – allows for higher precision and more motion gestures
    + Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately)
    + Rear-facing camera – supports 960 x 720 sized photos (0.6 megapixels), plus 720p HD videos
    + Front-facing VGA-quality camera – VGA-quality is a resolution of 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
    + Verizon 3G model now available – no longer limited to just AT&T for the WiFi+3G model
    + Thinner, lighter and smoother with contoured back – feels more comfortable in your hands

    The iPad 2 brought a lot more new features to the iPad lineup, but the 3rd generation iPad still brings us some welcome new features. First, it sports the new A5X processor. Don’t be confused though, it’s not really that much better than the iPad 2′s, and it’s not technically a quad-core processor. The CPU itself remains dual-core, but the graphics processor built-into the CPU chip can compute 4 streams of graphics information, thus making the graphics aspect of the A5X processor quad-core. It’s confusing, I know. To be honest, there was no noticeable improvement in performance over the iPad 2, except maybe behind the scenes where it handles 4x more pixels. In general, everything on the new iPad runs just as smooth as it always has, which is as to be expected from Apple! But I imagine the new processor has particularly been used to speed up image processing for the new 5 megapixel camera, making photography just about as snappy as it is on the iPhone 4S, which I own as well. 4G support was also a nice surprise that had been rumored.

    On the other hand, other rumors didn’t exactly pan-out, including an SD card slot for photos and file storage, nor the possibility of a smaller, more manageable 7″ iPad model, but I’m still holding out hope for one in the future. Thankfully, the price stays the same for these new models, but that is as to be expected. As a boon for those who don’t really plan to use the new high-res camera nor need the Retina display or 4G speed, the iPad 2 is going to stick around for a while longer, with a new lower price for those in the market!

    ===== My Background =====

    I’m a website and mobile app developer who’s created a few apps and games for iOS devices, including the iPad. I also develop websites, so I like to ensure that those sites look and perform well on the device too, since it’s continually growing in popularity for surfing the Web with over the past two years. I’ve spent lots of time with both the iPad and various Android-based tablets, and I have to be honest… apps are what make the iPad (and other iDevices) so great. Android tablets have the benefit of price and size, but Android apps available for tablets are terribly mediocre! They’re also not as responsive as the iPad, at least not after you load them up with apps, games and other junk.

    I’m no Apple fanboy, but I can recognize quality hardware and software when I see it, and as far as 10″ tablets are concerned, the new iPad simply can’t be beat, but that’s mostly due to Apple’s knack for high-end hardware, plus the ridiculously huge following of quality app developers that Apple can boast about. With over 200,000 apps just for the iPad alone, there’s more than enough to keep you busy!

    ===== First Impression =====

    Unboxing any new device certainly has its appeal, but the…

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  2. Mahlers2nd "Mom of Many Interests" says:
    75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    From and Android/Kindle/Unix geek: I am a convert!, March 19, 2012

    For the last 20 years, I have steadfastly refused anything apple — I think it was the cult-like mentality that turned me off. Also, the fact that the devices are so easy to use, to borrow a phrase, even a cavegirl could do it (as evidenced by my very non-technical sisters and friends.) Of course, being a UNIX geek, I was steadfastly against the Apple software/iTunes/iEverything model. You can do anything you want on UNIX — there is no one to save you from yourself. The UNIX motto: “We sell ROPE!” (Of course, I have hung myself numerous times on said rope including the time I accidentally erased the entire hard drive (including operating system) on a UNIX system at the now defunct Bear Stearns!

    But then I was given a shiny new Macbook Pro for my new job and I started having… doubts. For example, the terminal application under Apple OS is hauntingly like my beloved UNIX — including having vi and grep and the “/” pointing the “RIGHT” way. I figure any system that allows me to use VI can’t be completely evil.

    I have played with many tablets — all android. I started out with the Motorola Xoom and then settled on the Asus Transformer. The thing that won me over about the Transformer was that the display was better than any I had seen… until now.

    I purchased my first iPad this weekend sight unseen because I read that with the new retinal display, reading now became nearly comparable to the original Kindle/eInk technology. Despite my love of gadgets, I’m growing weary of having a Kindle, a Tablet, a Laptop, an MP3 player — not to mention all the peripherals one needs to support them.

    So the first thing I did with the iPad was installed the Kindle app. I also have my Asus transformer here at work. I downloaded the same book and COULD NOT BELIEVE MY EYES! I never expected there to be such a noticeable difference. On the Asus transformer, you can actually see the individual pixels. On the iPad, it looks as smooth as an eInk display.

    The thing about the iPad (and Apple products in general) is that it is the little details that have won me over. For example, the scrolling on the iPad is SOOO much smoother than the Transformer. When you swipe on the transformer to scroll through the list of books, it lurches and jumps and trying to finally control where the scrolling starts and stops is frustrating.

    Also, the apps just work and don’t need to be updated every day — which just gets really old.

    There are 2 areas I have found where I prefer non-apple products:

    1. Performance — though I don’t have this problem with the current iPad because it is brand-spanking new. However, I expect that soon the apps that have been written more “frugally” for the earlier generation processors will soon bloat to suck up the faster processors of the new iPad.

    2. Apple’s “control freak” mentality — DON’T like is having to jump through some hoops to use my music library from Amazon (I try to use iTunes as little as humanly possible). I also miss the ability to have my own wall papers and control the layout of the screen a bit.

    However, the downsides are much smaller since I don’t wind up having to act as a beta tester for the tablet or the apps. I’m a software quality assurance engineer and while I am more than capable of troubleshooting my systems and getting them to work, I guess at this point, when I’m just using the web and a computer for my own enjoyment, I don’t want to have to do that work anymore… I just want to focus on my music or my books or the web article.s

    Upshot: I guess there is a reason certain technologies and products become defacto standards — it is because they are legitimately the best. The iPad 3 is no exception — it sets the bar over any android alternative. Microsoft is fighting back with their Windows 8 mobile phone (the Lumia) which ALSO uses a retinal display. But Microsoft has a long way to go to achieve the type of platform consistency that you get with Apple. I like only having to know how to use one interface. Apple allows that because the iPad acts like the iPhone which is a basic version of their computer OS.

    I will still always love my UNIX… the fact that apple is actually reuniting me with my beloved vi and grep and still providing me with a beautiful pleasurable stable platform is a huge bonus!


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  3. Ron Cronovich "Ron" says:
    77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Should you upgrade from iPad 2?, March 17, 2012
    Ron Cronovich “Ron” (Kenosha, WI) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is for iPad 2 owners trying to decide whether to upgrade. It also might be helpful for people deciding between the now cheaper iPad 2 and the “new iPad” (iPad 3).

    I was perfectly happy with my iPad 2, a wifi-only model with 32gb. When Apple announced the new iPad, I typed up a long list of reasons why I shouldn’t buy it. And then I bought one anyway. (I’ll be giving my iPad 2 to my parents.)

    You’ve probably already read up on the new iPad and know the list of new features it has, and how the specs compare to the iPad 2′s specs. But comparing specs on paper is different than comparing the actual experience of using the two products, and the experience matters more than the specs. I can tell you which of those features, at least to me, really makes the experience of using the new iPad better. And there’s only one: the display.

    I do a lot of reading on the iPad, and this is where the retina display really matters. Text is very sharp, even for very small fonts, and this makes reading on iPad much more comfortable. I’ve been reading Steve Jobs on my iPad 2 (using the Kindle app); I read the next chapter on the retina iPad and then tried to read the following chapter on the iPad 2 again, and going back to the iPad 2 was unpleasant. I had similar results when I compared reading articles on websites using Safari and when reading a few pages of War and Peace in the iBooks app on the retina iPad vs. iPad 2. After reading on the new iPad, you just won’t want to go back to reading on iPad 2.

    If you read a lot on your iPad, this to me is a compelling reason to upgrade, and perhaps the only compelling reason.

    What about photos? Videos? Games? Here, you can tell the difference, and the retina display is better. But in terms of how much the retina display increases my enjoyment of viewing pictures, video, and games, it is not enough to justify the cost of upgrading.

    On both iPads, I compared hi-res pictures I took at the Chicago Botanic Gardens using a DSLR with a good lens. On iPad 2, your eye can indeed discern individual pixels if you look closely enough, whereas on the retina iPad, it’s like looking at a real print of the photo. But after looking at the pictures on the retina iPad, and even noticing the differences, it was still quite nice to view them again on the iPad 2. Similarly for video: I watched a scene from the Breaking Bad season 4 finale on both devices, and while it looked a bit better on the retina iPad, it still looked great on iPad 2. Streaming hi-res movie trailers looked better on the retina iPad, but still looked great on iPad 2. For streaming video from Netflix, I could not tell any difference, most likely because the resolution of the source material isn’t any higher than the iPad 2′s display.

    I’m less of a gamer than most iPad users, but I did try Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy (a game supposedly optimized for the retina display) and Plants vs. Zombies HD (an older game). PvZ looks exactly the same on both, Sky Gamblers looks better on the retina iPad but it still looks very awesome on the iPad 2.

    In short, you can notice the difference the retina display makes for photos, videos, and games. Yet, the experience of using the iPad 2 is still quite excellent. The fact is that, even at a lower resolution, the iPad 2′s IPS display is exceptional.

    What about the other specs? Is it worth upgrading to get a newer processor, for example?

    No. I really don’t notice a difference in performance. The retina iPad is super fast, but so is iPad 2. Some apps load a little faster, others I can’t tell. But the speed difference, if any, isn’t enough to make the retina iPad more enjoyable to use than iPad 2.

    I haven’t had the new iPad long enough to tell you about battery life. Here is where I have to rely on specs. The new iPad is more resource-hungry, but it has a much bigger battery inside. This is why Apple says battery life is about the same.

    What about the improved camera? Sure, it takes better pictures than the joke of a camera on iPad 2. But do most people use their iPad for photography, anyway? If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, your camera is just as good or better, and it’s more convenient for taking pictures than using the iPad. Ditto for most smartphones. And only the rear-facing camera was improved; the front-facing camera is just as crappy as before. And that’s a shame, because the front camera is the one I’d actually use (for skype and facetime).

    What about dictation? I find it works about 80%, less in a noisy room. And it is easier to dictate and then edit the few errors than typing something from scratch on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard. But I don’t think most people will use it enough for it to matter in the upgrade decision. People who write a lot on the iPad will already have an external keyboard (or should get…

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