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Apple iPad (3rd Gen) A5X 1GHz 64GB 9.7" Tablet

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A5X 1GHz iOS 64GB Dec 2012
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16 Reasons For

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 309 owner reviews the average owner rating of this tablet computer is exceptional. This puts this A5 processor tablet in the top 1% of all the comparable spec tablets that were released more than two years ago when ranked by average owner review score.

Excellent Brand

Apple is one of the leading tablet manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Apple also has excellent reviews for its A5 processor tablets.

Good Picture Quality

Eight Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who reviewed this tablet said that it had good picture quality. Kazwheaty mentioned in their review of this tablet on Amazon “With better graphics, i would definetly reccomend it”. Kieran M mentioned on Amazon four years ago “The screen image quality is better than anything on the market” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Peppers said on Amazon “Performance is fast and graphics are excellent - although I am not a hardened gamer, some of the driving games in particular, are highly responsive” and scored it very highly.

Four customers said in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. Ianr wrote on Amazon “The screen is amazing, colors are vivid” in their review of this tablet and gave it a very good review. Mark Shepperson he wrote “Playback on the retina screen shows vivid colours that have to be seen to be belived” in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Three years ago Stuart Crick gave this tablet an excellent rating and he mentioned “I'm impressed by the clarity of the screen and the vivid colours in the pictures.I'm partularly impressed with the battery life”.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a sharp image. Amazon Customer wrote in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “The clarity, colours and sharpness are second to none” but despite that they scored the product 60 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

Fourty-six customers who reviewed this tablet considered that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said “First I am not a fan boy as I also have android tabletsPros1 very quick on everything.2 very slick operating system.3 best screen.4 easy to use”. Amazon Customer also said “Bought this for my elderly mother who could not get to grips with a laptop I got her previously, really impressed with how easy it is to use”. Amazon Customer also said “That being said this device is simple and clear to use, Siri telling you jokes on a whim doesn't hurt either”.

A number of Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners reckoned that it was easy to setup. Bjon78 mentioned on Amazon “Easy to set up and use” in their review. Three years ago M. Smith said on Amazon “It's pretty easy to set up as a marketplace seller”.

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought this tablet thought it had a good experience. Amit Karpe said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) four years ago “The best reading experience after my Kindle e-ink reader” . John Ryan he said on Amazon “You navigate around with your finger by pointing and gently swiping the screen makes the whole experience a lot easier - a lot more fun” in his review of this tablet.

A few customers reckoned that the product was easy to use the menus. M. D. said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “The menus are simple and you find things where you expect them to be”. One customer reckoned that it had a good interface. Gottabemobile.com said “Simple interface”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Aspen said on Amazon “Is an absolute joy to hold and work with” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Battery Life

Twenty-five Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who purchased this tablet concluded that it had a good battery life. Allan Jones wrote “The battery length is fine and recharging simple and effective” in his review. Amazon Customer mentioned three years ago “Battery life is impressive” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). Four years ago Amit Karpe said “The battery life is amazing! Stand by time is awesome, drains 2% in 3 hours” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who reviewed the product considered that it was quick to charge. Bc scored it 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “It takes over 7 hours to charge from 10% battery” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

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Robust

Nine people said in their reviews that it was well made. Bigflat mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Also logs on to university wifi using wpa2 enterprise whereas I do t think galaxy tab has that built in” in their review. Charmkin said “The build quality is much better in the ipad 3”. Collystoys wrote in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review four years ago “The sound quality is bang on! The processing speed is not to shabby either - very quick” and gave it a very good review.

Several customers reckoned that the product was easy to damage or scratch.

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners reckoned that it was reliable. Mr. T. R. John mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “Really reliable and works as you`d wish it too”. Four years ago William scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “Even my old iPad was brilliant, reliable and easy to use”.

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Good Connectivity

Several people who reviewed it agreed that it was wifi compatible. Aspen rated the product as excellent and wrote four years ago “It was 90 % charged, connected immediately to my home wifi and I was happily trying out the embedded apps within a few minutes” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Also four years ago Bigflat said “I use VPN with university network and it logs on to my hospital network wifi with no problems” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Busb mentioned “I decided on the base model with no 3G - I use my 32GB 4S to tether when I'm away from home that works fine over WiFi” .

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who reviewed it said that it was able to connect to the internet. Allan Jones said in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review three years ago “The connectivity with the Internet is quick and there is no delay in browsing” and scored it very highly. Bywoodland said on Amazon “It's slick and a great internet media tool” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Jon & Michelle said “I didn't have infinite Internet and calls on my phone I would get one that took a SIM card, as it is I just make my phone a hot spot”.

A few people thought the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had email functionality. Gary Baldy mentioned “I'm not sold on this gadget; it seems to be fine for email, browsing and games.” but he only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Happybooks mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “It makes emailing a joy” . John Ryan said on Amazon three years ago “I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game”.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner said that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was easy to sync. Mr. N. Ritchie wrote on Amazon “This thing is BRILLIANT plus it automatically syncs all my contacts etc with my iphone” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good signal strength.

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Nice Design

Twenty-four people who bought this tablet concluded that it was good looking. Aquaviola said on Amazon four years ago “Looks gorgeous” and gave the product an excellent rating. Aquaviola also said “The gorgeous higher-resolution graphics make using this a really nice treat”. Bigflat said on Amazon four years ago “Pretty cool” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

A few customers said in their reviews that it was smooth. Bigflat mentioned “Razor sharp, superficially fast and smooth.” in their review of this tablet and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Bigflat also wrote “It remains super responsive and smooth”. Jb mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “As smooth as silk” and gave it a very good rating.

Four people who bought the product concluded that it was a good design. Bywoodland said “At first I loved the IPAD, great design, instantly useable with essentially no wake up time” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. In November last year Gottabemobile.com wrote “The iPad is nothing less than a beauty of design coming from the Apple” in their review of this tablet.

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Good Product Quality

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers agreed that it was good quality. Aspen said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “There are quality apps to inform or enjoy at the drop of a hat” and scored it 5 stars. Aspen also wrote “Good sound quality and an equaliser which lets you choose from a vast range of audio settings”. Aspen also said “The build quality is superb”.

Good Sound Quality

Five customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good sound quality. Macman said on Amazon “The sound clearly projects out of one side when in landscape” in their review and scored this tablet 80 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who purchased the product considered that it had good features. Busb said on Amazon “As of 21/09/2012, I have loaded iOS6 that works fine & adds some new features” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). C. T. Bevan said three years ago “A superb piece of technology, many wax lyrical about the amazing features and capability of the I Pad, well whether this is better than earlier versions I don't know!” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Macman scored this tablet 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “Aside from the screen there are a couple of hardware features that I'm very pleased with” in their review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner who reviewed it considered that it was quiet. Stephen P. mentioned in his review of this tablet on Amazon three years ago “Its keeping her extra quiet”.

Good for Games

Two Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good playing games on. James mentioned on Amazon “Hey guys a couple of months ago I have purchased the ipad 3 This tablet is epic for quad core gaming powered by the a5x chip” in his review. In November last year Gottabemobile.com said in their review “Slick gaming”.

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The smallest internal storage capacity of A5 processor tablets that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 4GB and the largest is 64GB. With an internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a very large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Large Screen Size

Across all the comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen) the screen sizes range from 7" to 11", and the average screen size is 8.8". With a screen size of 9.7 inches, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has one of the larger screen sizes amongst A5 processor tablets of this age.

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2048 X 1536 Pixels Display Resolution

The iPad (3rd gen) has a maximum display resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. That's over four times the display resolution of the most common display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

This tablet's display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution amongst all comparable spec tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen).

The worst display resolution amongst similar types of tablet is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who purchased it considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Brianinfrance wrote on Amazon “The screen is no help whatsoever” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. J. C. Mcintosh mentioned in their review of this tablet “I am satisfied up to now, still fingering it out as Apple never furnish you with a decent manual” nonetheless they rated this tablet as excellent. John in Cornwall gave it a rating of 3 stars and he mentioned in his review on Amazon “If anyone can help with these problems, please let me know the answers!Score - 31/2 stars, albeit Amazon won't let me put 3!UPDATE”.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Ten customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was not heavy and bulky. A. C. Hamill mentioned on Amazon “Heavy for it's size” although they rated it 80 out of 100. Aspen mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “Sky go, google earth, other maps and some photo heavy guides” however despite that they still scored the Apple iPad (3rd gen) very highly. Charmkin mentioned “In fact it probably can replace the PC in most ways except for heavy gaming” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers said in their reviews that it was not a good weight. Amit Karpe wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “People seem to complain about the weight”. One person who purchased the product thought it was not heavy. Four years ago Aspen wrote in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) on Amazon “Still got more than 25 gb free despite loads of hefty apps”.

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Not 4G Compatible

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) is not 4G compatible. Most of the other tablets of this spec and age are also not 4G compatible.

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Not 3G Compatible

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) is not 3G compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec tablets that have been on the market for a comparable time to the iPad (3rd gen) are also not 3G compatible.

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Quite Thick

At 9.4 millimeters, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a quite thick thickness compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad (3rd gen). The average thickness of A5 processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 19mm, and the thicknesses range from 7.2mm to 180mm.

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Heavy

The lightest tablet of this spec and age is 290g heavy, the heaviest is 670g, and the average weight is 470g. With a weight of 652 grams, the iPad (3rd gen) is quite heavy compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the iPad (3rd gen).

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

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this tablet computer was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1 gigahertz, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad (3rd gen).

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Two Processor Cores

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) is a two processor core tablet which is average compared to the other 15 tablets of this age and spec that we have assessed the number of processor cores of.

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Specification

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Camera
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Audio
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Networking
3G Compatible
Data Network
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WiFi Standard
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Performance
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Kids Tablet
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Expert Reviews

(8)
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

(206)
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
Nothing
DOA
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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Manufacturer Part Numbers apple mc707, apple md330, apple md330b, apple mc707b, apple mc707ba, apple md330ba

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