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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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14 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 275 owner reviews the average owner rating of this A5 processor tablet is terrific. That puts this Apple tablet computer in the top 1% of all the tablets of a comparable spec and age.

Apple Has Excellent Tablet Computer Reviews

Apple is one of the best tablet manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Apple also has excellent reviews for its A5 processor tablets.

Good Product Quality

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Charmkin said on Amazon “The build quality is much better in the ipad 3”. Garrold mentioned on Amazon “My iPad works fine and is very well made” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Happybooks wrote in their review “I have taken loads of photos with the camera which is excellent quality” .

Good Battery Life

Some customers said that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had a good battery life. Four years ago Allan Jones mentioned in his review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “The battery length is fine and recharging simple and effective”. Also four years ago Amazon Customer rated the product as very good and mentioned on Amazon “Battery life is impressive”. Amit Karpe said in their review of this tablet on Amazon “The battery life is amazing! Stand by time is awesome, drains 2% in 3 hours”.

Two Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who purchased the product thought it was quick to charge. Bc gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “It takes over 7 hours to charge from 10% battery”.

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Nice Design

Some customers who bought the Apple iPad (3rd gen) said that it was good looking. Aquaviola said “Looks gorgeous” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). Aquaviola also said “The gorgeous higher-resolution graphics make using this a really nice treat”. Bigflat said on Amazon “Pretty cool”.

Seven Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who bought the product thought it was smooth. Afsar M gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “As smooth as silk”. Bigflat said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “Razor sharp, superficially fast and smooth.” . Bigflat also said “It remains super responsive and smooth”.

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

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Good Connectivity

A few people said in their reviews that it was able to connect to the internet. Allan Jones said “The connectivity with the Internet is quick and there is no delay in browsing”. Bywoodland wrote in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “It's slick and a great internet media tool” . Jon & Michelle rated it 5 stars and mentioned “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” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

A few people who reviewed the Apple iPad (3rd gen) thought it was wifi compatible. Bigflat said on Amazon “I use VPN with university network and it logs on to my hospital network wifi with no problems”. Busb gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “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”. D. Diep mentioned on Amazon “A lightning port instead of the usual Apple port, faster wifi and LTG/4G coverage” and rated the product 5 stars.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners wrote in their reviews that it had email functionality. Gary Baldy wrote in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon five years ago “I'm not sold on this gadget; it seems to be fine for email, browsing and games.” yet he only scored the product 2 stars. Happybooks said also five years ago “It makes emailing a joy” in their review. John mentioned in his review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game”.

One person said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Five years ago Bigflat wrote on Amazon “The iPad continues to have amazing connectivity” in their review of this tablet and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner wrote in their reviews that it had network functionality. Charmkin said on Amazon “Replaces the PC for many tasks, such as checking emails, browsing, social networking and shopping”. One person who purchased this tablet thought it had a good signal strength.

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Robust

A number of people who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Bigflat said five years ago “Also logs on to university wifi using wpa2 enterprise whereas I do t think galaxy tab has that built in”. Collystoys wrote “The sound quality is bang on! The processing speed is not to shabby either - very quick”. Richard Griffiths rated the Apple iPad (3rd gen) 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon “I'm an avid pc user with an excellent laptop, home built pc and use it all in a home network with our tv” in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to damage or scratch. One customer concluded that it was strong and durable. Phil wrote on Amazon “Smart cover all-in-one which is very sturdy and practical” and scored it very highly.

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Easy to Use

A few people who reviewed it thought it was easy to use. Five years ago Amazon Customer wrote “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 mentioned “That being said this device is simple and clear to use, Siri telling you jokes on a whim doesn't hurt either”.

A few people who bought the product agreed that it had a good experience. Amit Karpe mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “The best reading experience after my Kindle e-ink reader”. John wrote 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.

Some people who bought this tablet agreed that it was easy to setup. Gingaone said in their review of this tablet “Easy to set-up and use - as demonstrated by 11 year old grandchildren! Clear screen”. M. Smith mentioned four years ago “It's pretty easy to set up as a marketplace seller”. Tracy said on Amazon “Much better than the older models loads more apps and really easy to set up” and scored it very highly.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was easy to use the menus. M. D. said “The menus are simple and you find things where you expect them to be” in their review. One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer who purchased this tablet said that it had a good interface. Gottabemobile.com said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “Simple interface”.

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Good Picture Quality

A few customers who purchased this tablet concluded that it had good picture quality. Five years ago Joshua Taylor mentioned on Amazon “The screen image quality is better than anything on the market” in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Kazwheaty rated the product as excellent and said on Amazon “With better graphics, i would definetly reccomend it”. Photo G said on Amazon “Stunning screen and graphics” however despite that they rated this tablet 2 stars.

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who bought it reckoned that it had good colour saturation. Ianr mentioned in their review “The screen is amazing, colors are vivid”. Mark Shepperson wrote in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “Playback on the retina screen shows vivid colours that have to be seen to be belived” . Stuart Crick said on Amazon four years ago “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) owner said in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had a sharp image. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon five years ago “The clarity, colours and sharpness are second to none”.

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Good Sound Quality

A few people who purchased it reckoned that it had good sound quality. Macman said in their review of this tablet “The sound clearly projects out of one side when in landscape” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Five years ago Organicgreen scored the product very highly and said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “Teach my 5 year old to perfect his letter sounds and letter writing”.

Good Technical Features

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it had good features. Busb mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) on Amazon “As of 21/09/2012, I have loaded iOS6 that works fine & adds some new features” and gave this tablet a rating of 80 out of 100. Macman said “Aside from the screen there are a couple of hardware features that I'm very pleased with” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review and scored the product 80 out of 100. Phil said in his review “Packed full of features and great App store, intuitive control” and scored it 5 stars.

Good for Games

Two customers who purchased it considered that it was good playing games on. James mentioned in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review 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” and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Gottabemobile.com wrote in their review “Slick gaming”.

Quite Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of comparable spec tablet computers that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 28GB. At 64 gigabytes, the iPad (3rd gen) has a quite large internal storage capacity 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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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 frequently found display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

A 2048 x 1536 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution amongst all tablet computers of a similar age and spec to 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

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought it considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Auld Mack wrote “I am satisfied up to now, still fingering it out as Apple never furnish you with a decent manual”. Three years ago Brianinfrance scored this tablet 60 out of 100 and said “The screen is no help whatsoever”. John in Cornwall said “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

Eleven Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers agreed that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was not heavy and bulky. A. C. Hamill wrote on Amazon “Heavy for it's size” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). Amazon Customer mentioned five years ago “2 bit too heavy 3 too slippery” however they gave it a score of 4 stars. Charmkin wrote on Amazon “In fact it probably can replace the PC in most ways except for heavy gaming” in their review.

A few people considered that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was not a good weight. Amit Karpe mentioned in their review of this tablet “People seem to complain about the weight”.

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Not 4G

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 4G. Most of the other similar spec tablets that have been around for around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) are also not 4G.

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Not 3G

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 3G, although it is worth noting that most of the other tablet computers of this age and type are also not 3G.

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Fairly Thick

With a depth of 9.4 millimeters, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has one of the thicker depths amongst similar spec tablets of this age. Across all the A5 processor tablets that have been available for more than two years the depths range from 7.2mm to 180mm.

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Heavy

At 652 grams, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) is fairly heavy compared to most of the other tablets of a similar age and type to the iPad (3rd gen). The lightest comparable spec tablet computer that was launched more than two years ago is 290g heavy and the heaviest is 670g.

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

Released Over Four Years Ago

This A5 processor tablet was released over four years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of 1 gigahertz, the iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty typical processor frequency compared to most of the other tablets of a similar spec and age to the iPad (3rd gen).

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Average Display Diagonal

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty average display diagonal (9.7 inches) compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that have been around for more than two years.

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Two Processor Coress

The iPad (3rd gen) is a two processor cores tablet which is average compared to the other 16 A5 processor tablets that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Cores
Processor Brand
Processor Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Version
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Storage Medium
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Camera
Second Camera Resolution
Second Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
Auto Focus
Main Camera Resolution (numeric)
Built-In Camera
Audio
Frequency Range
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
3G
Data Network
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Connectivity
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Performance
Document Formats Supported
Video Compression Formats
Image Formats Supported
Audio Formats Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Orientation Sensor
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer
GPS (satellite)
Position Location
Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Battery
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Battery Life (max)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Docking Connector
Kids Tablet
Networking Features
Wi-Fi
Compatible Operating Systems
Battery Charging Indication
Connectivity Technology
Number of Processors Supported

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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

(194)
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 13 May 2016 by Nigal goodship
(Verified Purchase)

Great replacement, better than the minis...

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 18 February 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

It's fantastic brilliant...

Reviewed 28 December 2015 by Afsar M

I bought the iPad 3 at release, which at the time of writing was about six months ago. This review is not so much about the technical abilities of the iPad (which are well covered elsewhere), but... Read more…

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