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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks gorgeous - but should be called the iPad 3.1., 18 Dec 2012
This review is from: Apple iPad 4 with Retina Display - Black (16GB, WiFi)
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This is a review of the iPad 4, released just a couple of months ago, and really it should have been called the iPad 3.1 (except Apple doesn't use numbers anymore!). Having used both the iPad 3 and the iPad 4, the graphics are the same (the iPad 3 has a retina display as well) and the overall look is the same (once you upgrade the earlier version to iOS 6, that is).

I understand that the main internal difference is the processor speed, and the most obvious external difference is that the charging port has changed from the 30-pin version to a small Lightning Dock, which means that if you are upgrading from the iPad 3 or earlier, all of your accessories which went through the charger are not unusable.

Therefore, there is absolutely no reason to upgrade from the iPad 3, so is it worth upgrading from the iPad 2?

There are some nice additions compared with the iPad 2, but not enough, I think, for someone to upgrade. However, the gorgeous higher-resolution graphics make using this a really nice treat, and worth considering to pay the difference if you are considering the iPad 4 against the slightly cheaper iPad 2.

The video shows what you get in the box - I would suggest buying a screen protector (because even after 10 minutes you could clearly see the residue of fingerprints on the screen) and a case (to protect and enable you to prop it up).

It is surprising to me how much the iPad has been part of my home life. It makes checking emails and internet browsing more...social. You don't need to go to a big machine with a keyboard for casual searching - you can have something closer to a big book.

Secondly, using the iPad for emails is really good. The text is clear, and somehow the pictures seem more vivid, and you can just scroll going up and down with a flick of the finger rather than the organised gestures of the mouse. It may seem like no big difference, but it makes all the word of difference for ease and enjoyment.

I go the Wifi version rather than the 3G version because I am mostly in places which have Wifi (more and more common), but even if I need 3G connectivity, I can tether my iPhone to the iPad. It may cost a few pounds more a month when I use it, but it saves me a hundred pounds now.

I can confirm that both Screen Protector for Apple iPad 2 & 3, Includes Microfibre Cleaning Cloth And Application Card, 6 Pack and TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand With Built-in Magnet for Sleep / Wake Feature + Screen Protector For New Apple iPad 4th Generation, iPad 3 & iPad 2 - Black both work for the iPad 4. I imagine that most, if not all, accessories for the iPad 2 will work for the iPad 4 (apart from those which use the charger, which won't work), but I can confirm that these work.

The battery life is amazing. I have used it for web surfing for several half hours, but only got down to 85% complete.

Overall, a very good investment, and something that I use every day (if only to read my books from the Kindle app - in colour).
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Initial post: 12 Jan 2013 14:50:24 GMT
bencwilden says:
hey great review, I would just like to point out that you said that the graphics on this ipad are the same as on the 3rd generation. in terms of the screen quality this statement is correct but there has been a GPU upgrade meaning there is a greater processing speed giving higher frames per second under heavy load. Also this generation will receive longer software updates to the 3rd generation :D

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2013 23:04:34 GMT
E Alan says:
There are some nice additions compared with the iPad 2, but not enough. I have Ipad 4th gen and my sister has an Ipad 2 the diff is huge, better grahics, faster load times, better cpu, etc, its a huge leap and if you have an I pad 2 I would get this.

Posted on 23 Apr 2013 09:11:19 BDT
WAELL says:
hi, please do u advice me to buy on amazon.co.uk rather than apple online, because its cheaper here?

Posted on 30 Apr 2013 22:21:14 BDT
Hi, I'm just wondering, did iPad 4 had heat problem as iPad 3, like mine.

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 18:21:08 BDT
why the pointless video!!!!
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