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5.0 out of 5 stars All Things Bright And Beautiful, 28 Jan 2013
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This review is from: APPLE iPad with Retina display - 4th generation - WiFi - 16 GB - white - NEW iOS 6, 9.7" high resolution Retina display, 5-megapixel iSight camera
I resisted the world of Apple for many years, and to be honest I still think much of their range is overpriced and their stranglehold on any business done under their badge is unpleasant and greedy to say the least. However, talking to a friend who had an iPad4, I persuaded myself to take the plunge after serious problems with my Sony Tablet S Android device. To be fair, those problems were eventually resolved, but by then I'd seen the light.

Is the fabled Retina screen THAT good? Yes, it is, simply the best screen I've seen on any computing device. For those who like to use tablets as e-readers, the difference is very noticeable between this screen and a good Android tablet, such as the one mentioned above. I haven't had the opportunity to compare it with the Nexus 10, but as that tablet has been garnering mixed reviews, I suspect that all may not be well in Googleland. But back to the iPad, which is every bit as elegant and beautiful as its price would suggest. There are some idiosyncrasies. While a doddle in most ways to use, I am finding it more difficult than Android. Specifically, getting certain files to associate with my chosen apps. But these are mere teething problems. Oh, and the Apple App Store is still a mess, but with 275,000 apps out there, the biggest problem is sifting wheat from chaff. But then, the same is true for Android and Google Play.

The iPad 4 is pretty much everything it's cracked up to be, feels and looks fabulous, works incredibly smoothly and has an excellent battery life, unless you're running HD games or video flat out for hours. But it will put a dent in your bank balance. Whether it's worth the extra money over a good quality Android tablet very much depends upon who is using it, what for, and for how long. I'm using mine for entertainment, research and work related stuff, so I can just about justify the outlay. The top spec Android tablets are now not much cheaper than this, yet still appear to suffer build quality issues. There's also an iPad 3 with Retina screen, for those who can do without the extra grunt, but really, looking at the price difference, you might as well go for this model and see how the other half lives.
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Initial post: 29 May 2013 20:56:41 BDT
I have multiple chronic incurable degenerative physical health conditions, one of the worst being innopperable spinal damage. Was advised 10yrs ago not to even type by consultant but have an active brain despite class A meds as well as others with serious side effects. Every small movement is painful and fatiguing. I need to know if the iPad 4 is any lighter in weight than the iPad 2 please let me know ASAP. Also, as I have stayed well away from western " civilisation" for many years have little knowledge of technology. Any advice much appreciated

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2013 15:02:55 BDT
Anasthassy says:
iPad2
Weight (Wi-Fi): 601 g (1.33 pounds)
Weight (Wi-Fi + 3G): 613 g (1.35 pounds)

iPad Retina
Weight (Wi-Fi): 652 g (1.44 pounds)
Weight (Wi-Fi + Cellular): 662 g (1.46 pounds)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 May 2014 22:44:11 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
I have what is called chronic fatigue, which is painful, and seems to be in fact a mitochondrial dysfunction. What is interesting is that many recover from this 'incurable disorder' by treating for mercury poisoning, that is, taking a chelating agent. I was refused all tests for idiotic reasons but managed to test myself with a safe chelating agent (PCA-Rx) for 3 weeks and a limited diet (low carb). To my surprise I gained major improvements and was encouraged to discover more. What happens apparently is that most people carry a 'load' of residual mercury, from dental work, or vaccinations (thimerosal) and that removing this load can improve many chronic conditions. In some cases it is actually a causative factor and will cure degenerative state. I would encourage you test and at very least eliminate that possibility, I can't imagine where I would be if I had not followed a policy of checking off possible cures. Doctors will treat you as if you are deluded. Add 'mercury' to your online searches, I've not yet come across anything less that serious on the subject. If you decide you need that treatment please go carefully and find a practitioner with their head screwed on.
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