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Apple iPad (3rd gen)
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Apple iPad (3rd Gen) A5X 1GHz 32GB 9.7" Tablet Editor's Choice
A5X 1GHz iOS 32GB Dec 2012
Processor Model Processor Clock Speed Operating System Internal Storage Capacity Release Date
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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3 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Tablet Reviews

A5 processor tablets produced by Apple have excellent ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all tablets (not just A5 processor tablets) and found that Apple also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Fairly Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of A5 processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 7", the largest is 11", and the average screen size is 8.8". With a screen size of 9.7 inches, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that came out 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 common display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

A 2048 x 1536 pixels display resolution is in fact the best display resolution across all tablets of a comparable spec and age to the iPad (3rd gen).

Across similar types of tablet the worst display resolution is 1024 x 768 pixels.

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3 Reasons Against

Not 4G Compatible

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

Tablet computers which are 4G compatible that might also be worth considering include the Apple iPad Mini[plb_1718157_price].

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Not 3G Compatible

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 3G compatible. Most of the other tablet computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) are also not 3G compatible.

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The weights of similar spec tablets that have been available for more than two years range from 290g to 670g, and the average weight is 470g. With a weight of 652 grams, the iPad (3rd gen) is one of the heavier A5 processor tablets that were launched around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) amongst similar spec tablet computers of this age.

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4 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

With a processor clock speed of 1 gigahertz, the iPad (3rd gen) has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other A5 processor tablets that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen).

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

At 32 gigabytes, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a fairly standard internal storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec tablets that came out around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen).

Tablet computers with a larger internal storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Apple iPad (3rd gen)[plb_1755521_price] (64GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 15 tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the iPad (3rd gen) that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the number of processor cores on the iPad (3rd gen) is two which is average.

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Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Core
Processor Brand
Processor Family
Operating System
Operating System Version
Internal Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Integrated Card Reader
Storage Medium
Screen Size
Multi-Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Display Resolution
Second Camera Resolution
Second Camera
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Recording
Auto Focus
Main Camera Resolution
Built-In Camera
Frequency Range
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
3G Compatible
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Jack Size
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Document Format
Video Compression Format
Image Format
Audio Format
Mac Operating System
Orientation Sensor
Electronic Compass
Ambient Light Sensor
Form Factor
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
AC Adapter Power
Weight & Dimensions
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Operating Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter
Other Features
Docking Connector
Kids Tablet
Networking Feature
Operating System
Battery Charging Indicator
Video Playback
Connectivity Technology
Supported Processor

1 Award Editor's Choice

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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Barcodes 00885909549900, 00885909550852

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