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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apple iPad 3 Mini Review

Apple iPad (the 2012 version which some are calling the iPad 3)  Mini Review
Apple released the version of the iPad and it is comes with several evolutionary technical enhancements.

Retina Display
The display is the biggest improvement. It has better resolution than a HD TV with unprecedented clarity and colour making the viewing experience super crisp. Watching iTunes rentals or Netflix videos is a very sharp experience. I am also impressed with the previewing of images taken with my Nikon camera in a wifi tether mode.

The new dual-core processor was needed to handle the better graphics. The faster app launch times and smoother gaming performance is noticeable.

The new 4G LTE modem chips are available as an option and offer super fast downloads. While this service is not available everywhere it does offer speeds as fast as 75MB. Be prepared to pay $35/month for a 5GB data plan from any of  the Big 3 wireless providers.

The iPad 2 had a low resolution 0.69MP camera which did not produce the best picture quality but the new iPad 3 has a 5MP camera with image stabilization and the ability to shoot 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. This is an awesome improvement. No change to the front facing camera as it’s used for Skype or Facetime calls and low resolution is fine. The RIM Playbook has a 5MP camera so Apple is now on par in that feature.

Lack of Siri
The Siri application is not available on the new iPad. I wish it was. It is always useful to ask "where can I hide a dead body?"

The price on the iPad 2 has dropped to $399 which is a bargain for those that do not really need a better display or 5MP camera.

For those with a big wallet the 64GB version with 4G and Wi-Fi will set you back $849 plus taxes and Applecare…ouch almost the price of an Ultrabook!


  1. Hey John

    I am glad I waited for this new model as I was very anxious to become tablet enabled. Your right the display is such a great improvement that for watching videos on the airplane on Sunday (iTunes Rentals makes it easy) was a wonderful experience. My only regret now is that I should have gotten the 4G/LTE version because the airport did not have free wifi. My spouse will be happy with an iPad 2 which she is buying off a student on Kijiji that wishes to upgrade. The apple camera is now on par with my BlackBerry Playbook. Keep up the great work

  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)


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