Apple new iPad review

After months of speculation about its specification, the new iPad launched in mid-March with an ultra-high resolution Retina display and blisteringly fast 4G LTE. Julian Prokaza puts it through its paces and is seriously impressed.

Price
£399

On sale since 16th March, the new iPad looks practically identical to the iPad 2, though it's actually 0.6mm thicker and 51g heavier.

In a surprise move, Apple dropped the numerical classification with this model, but it is the big changes on the inside that everyone cares about.

Apple new iPad - thickness

Retina display ups the ante

The headline feature becomes apparent the moment the power button is pressed. As with the iPhone 4 from two years ago (and the subsequent 4S), Apple has equipped the new iPad with a Retina display' the term used to describe a resolution so high that the individual pixels become indistinguishable when seen from a typical viewing distance.

With the 3.5" screen on the iPhone 4 and 4S, this means a resolution of 960 x 640 to give 326ppi (pixels per inch) when viewed from 12" away.

To achieve something similar on the 9.7" iPad screen, Apple has had to pack in an incredible 2048 x 1536 pixels (264ppi). That's twice the resolution and four times the pixel count of the iPad 2, and a million more than on a 1080p HDTV.

The result is a screen with astonishing clarity and it really needs to be seen to be appreciated. The improvement over the iPad 2 display is not unlike the difference between watching a DVD film on a standard definition TV and something on Blu-ray on an HDTV. High-resolution photos look more like glossy prints than images displayed on a computer screen, for example.

Apple new iPad - screen comparison

Text is visibly sharper on the new iPad, when compared to the iPad 2 as can be seen above

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