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New iPad roundup, what you need to know

Everything you need to know about the new iPad
By Anthony Garreffa from Mar 7, 2012 @ 23:30 CST

Today marked the day of the announcement of Apple's next-generation iPad, not named iPad 3, or iPad 2S, but just iPad. Cameron covered it perfectly, with multiple posts covering things such as the name of the new iPad, 4G LTE support, the 2048x1536-pixel Retina Display, and finally, 1080p for Apple TV.




Now, let's compare the new iPad to other tablets, as well as the iPad 2, shall we? The new iPad is the third-generation iPad from Apple, which keeps its usual 9.7-inch display, but ramps up the resolution from the older, crappier 1024x768 to 2048x1536. This is an Anthony-approved resolution, I love high-res stuff.


What's changed between the iPad 2 and the new iPad? Engadget have covered it well, in the shot below:




So we can see from there, the screen has been bumped up considerably, the CPU, well it's still a dual-core, but the A5X now. Memory-wise, it has been confirmed to be 1GB, up fron the previous 512MB. The storage stays the same, front and rear cameras get upgraded from VGA/0.7-megapixel to VGA/5-megapixel for the front and rear, on the iPad 2 and new iPad, respectively.


Other upgrades seen are Bluetooth 2.1 to 4.0, its slightly thicker, slightly heavier, and includes the same average battery life.


How does the new iPad compare to the latest tablets from other companies such as ASUS and Samsung?


Well, comparing the new iPad to say, ASUS' Transformer Pad Infinity 700, the iPad doesn't seem that great at all, really. We know the specs of the iPad, above, but the specs of the Transformer are much better. I'll put the new iPad specs in (brackets).


1.6GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip (versus dual-core A5X), 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display (versus 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS Retina Display), 1920x1200-pixel display (versus 2048x1536), 1GB of RAM (same), micro HDMI, 2-megapixel front-facer (versus VGA), 8-megapixel rear-facer (versus 5-megapixel), 586g (versus 652g).


As you can see, the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 pretty much dominates it, except for the screen resolution. The camera on the new iPad should be better, with its 5-element lens and IR filter.


The biggest difference between them, is the OS, of course. Apple with their iOS 5.1, versus the Transformer Pad Infinity 700's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This doesn't take into account Samsung's tablets (Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or Galaxy Note 10.1) but the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 is probably the best tablet on the market to compare the new iPad to.


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