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Apple iPad (3rd gen)
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Apple iPad (3rd Gen) A5X 1GHz 16GB 9.7" 4G 3G Tablet Editor's Choice
A5X 1GHz iOS 16GB May 2013
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Pick up the new iPad and suddenly, it's clear. You re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on... More
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Apple Tablets Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 3,817 user and expert reviews, Apple has excellent ratings for its tablet computers. Apple also has excellent ratings specifically within its A5 processor tablets range compared to other manufacturers.

4G Compatible

The iPad (3rd gen) is 4G compatible. Most of the other A5 processor tablets that have been available for more than two years are not 4G compatible.

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3G Compatible

The iPad (3rd gen) is 3G compatible. Most of the other tablets of this age and type are not 3G compatible.

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Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

The internal storage capacity of similar spec tablet computers that are a comparable age to the iPad (3rd gen) range from 4GB to 64GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 32GB. At 64 gigabytes, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets that are a similar age to the iPad (3rd gen).

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Quite High Battery Capacity

When compared to other comparable spec tablets that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked, the iPad (3rd gen)'s battery capacity of 11,560 milliamperes * hour is one of the highest. The battery capacities of tablets that were released more than two years ago range from 4.5mAh to 25,000mAh.

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2048 X 1536 Pixels Display Resolution

The biggest display resolution of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) is 2048 x 1536 pixels. That's over four times the display resolution of the most frequently found display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

This tablet's display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels) is actually the best display resolution amongst all tablets of a comparable type and age to the iPad (3rd gen).

A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution amongst comparable types of tablet.

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2592 X 1944 Pixels Rear Camera Resolution

The iPad (3rd gen) has a maximum rear camera resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. That's over two times the rear camera resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels tablet computer, which is the most common rear camera resolution. The best rear camera resolution of all tablet computers of this age and type is 3288 x 2472 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Quite Large Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 1 gigabyte, the iPad (3rd gen) has a quite large internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec tablet computers that were released more than two years ago. Across all the A5 processor tablets that have been around for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen) the internal memory range from 0.5GB to 1GB.

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3 Reasons Against

Very Low Second Camera Resolution

Tablet computers of this age and spec have second camera resolutions of between 0.3MP and 1.2MP, and the average second camera resolution is 0.75MP. At only 0.3 megapixels, the iPad (3rd gen) has a quite low second camera resolution compared to most of the other tablet computers of this age and spec.

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Very Short Browsing Time

Tablets of a comparable spec and age to the iPad (3rd gen) have browsing times of between 9h and 10h. With a browsing time of only 9 hours, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a fairly short browsing time compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that have been on the market for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen).

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With a weight of 652 grams, the iPad (3rd gen) is fairly heavy compared to most of the other tablets that have been available for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen). Tablet computers of this type and age have weights of between 290g and 670g, and the average weight is 470g.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple iPad (3rd gen)

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Apple tablet computer has been on the market for over four years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1 gigahertz, the iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that have been around for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen).

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Average Rear Camera Resolution

At 5 megapixels, the iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty standard rear camera resolution compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad (3rd gen).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 9.7 inches, the iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen).

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Two Processor Cores

The iPad (3rd gen) has two processor cores. That's average compared to the other 15 tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the iPad (3rd gen) that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Internal RAM
Operating System
Operating System Version
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Medium
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Screen Size
Aspect Ratio
Touch Screen Technology
Multi-Touch Technology
Display Technology
Display Resolution
Rear Camera Resolution
Second Camera Resolution
Video Capturing Speed
Maximum Video Resolution
Rear Camera Resolution
Main Camera Resolution
Frequency Range
Built-In Speaker
Frequency Response
2G Standard
3G Standard
Data Network
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
SIM Card Type
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Jack Size
Speaker/ Headphone/ Line-Out Jack
Document Format
Video Compression Format
Image Format
Audio Format
Windows Operating System
Form Factor
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Browsing Time
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Capacity
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Operating Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Keyboard Included
Other Features
Visual Technology
Kids Tablet
Networking Feature
Operating System
Infrared Data Port
Total Storage Capacity
Connectivity Technology
USB Required
Required Internet Connection
Supported Processor

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Expert Reviews

20 March 2015

The iOS 8.2 update is still waiting for many iPad 3 users to install as they weigh the pros and cons of installing yet another iOS 8 update on the aging iPad. Despite the age of this tablet, the... Read more…

Excellent Screen Resolution
Quad Core Graphics Processor for better reproduction
Virtually unlimited collection of apps on the large app store
5 MP rear camera with 1080p recording
Superb screen
Requirement of additional adapters for HDMI
USB and SD
Heavier than previous models
Space consumption is more for optimized content
Can overheat

Apple didn't actually need to release an iPad to stay on top of the tablet game. The company dominates the tablet market; its top competitor, Google, has been doing a notoriously poor job of... Read more…

Amazing, stunning screen
Powerful graphics
Good battery life
Excellent build quality
Good value
Poor connectivity
Annoying artificial limitations
Need iTunes to get content on it
No expandable memory
Thicker and heavier than most premium tablets
20 March 2012

La référence absolue, le nouvel iPad ne déroge pas à la règle de ses prédécesseurs. L'écran Rétina offre un confort visuel indéniable, mais on notera toujours l'absence de port microSD...

The screen resolution 2048 1536) is indeed sharper, and similar to that found on the iPhone 4S
Outstanding display
Slick user experience and software
Dual-channel HSPA speeds
Breathtaking, stunning display the best in all of mobile computing
Not 4G-capable in Australia
Thicker heavier than predecessor
Gets warm during regular use
Aside from the Retina display, the latest iPad lacks mindblowing new features that advance the state of the tablet art
Bottom left side gets warm
8 March 2012

Oubliez iPad 3 ou encore iPad HD, Apple décide de miser sur la simplicité avec The New iPad ! Un nouvel iPad avec un écran haute définition, un meilleur capteur et une configuration musclée...

Apple's new iPad includes a stunning new screen, matched by a quad-core graphic processor and the world's largest app and media store to feed it content
There's a proper 5-megapixel rear camera now, with 1080p recording quality
Optional 4G data from
The new iPad is slightly heavier than last year's model
Apps and movies optimized for the screen might take up more space
And ports for HDMI
USB, and SD require adapters
8 May 2012

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Excellent screen
Snappy performance
Unmatched gaming experience
Simple UI
Great sound quality
Overheating issues
No mass storage mode
Lacks standard USB port
Can't share files over Bluetooth
Can't be charged when in use
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User Reviews

Reviewed 7 August 2016 by Jon & Michelle
(Verified Purchase)

Although second hand you would have thought it had just came straight from the factory, as good as new from this company means not a mark on it, well my iPad does not have a single mark on it, I... Read more…

Reviewed 29 June 2016 by Deb
(Verified Purchase)

Bought for our son, and he is thrilled with it. Does everything you'd expect, and great quality, just like new. Amazingly quick delivery - I ordered Friday morning and it was here by Saturday... Read more…

Reviewed 28 April 2016 by Tricia
(Verified Purchase)

Arrived promptly. Had to purchase plug for this iPad - but was told this. Better than expected as told had a few scratches on the screen. I could not tell. Once in its cover and with screen... Read more…

Reviewed 26 November 2015 by Mr g ingrey
(Verified Purchase)

Amazing for such a cheap price. they said there were some minor marks ? i only sound 1 on the corner. nothing major. it works fine. arrived early. well wrapped & protected. would recommend 100% in... Read more…

Reviewed 24 November 2015 by 22lkll
22lkll would recommend the Apple iPad 3

I love my new Ipad I never had one before. I bought it for myself for Christmas loving it...

Capability and battery life
It looks nice
Portability and intuitive operation
The camera is awesome sipped is wonderful battery life nice
Works as intended
Charge doesn't seem to last as long between recharging as iPad 2
If you don't have a screen protector scratches are the worst
Feels a bit sparse, but I guess I'm a bit used to a compact micro atx
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