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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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19 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site thought that this tablet was terrific and gave it their highest award. Parentesis.com gave this Apple tablet computer an "Editor's Choice" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Two experts from sites including parentesis.com and ilovetablette.com have rated this tablet on average 89%. This puts this tablet computer in the top 1% of all the tablet computers that have been on the market for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 302 owner reviews this A5 processor tablet computer has an outstanding overall owner rating. If all the tablet computers that were launched more than two years ago are ranked by average owner review score then this tablet computer is in the top 1%.

Good Battery Life

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners mentioned in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had a good battery life. Allan Jones scored this tablet very highly and he wrote “The battery length is fine and recharging simple and effective” in his review of this tablet. Amazon Customer said on Amazon three years ago “Battery life is impressive” in their review of this tablet and gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a score of 5 stars. Amit Karpe wrote “The battery life is amazing! Stand by time is awesome, drains 2% in 3 hours” in their review.

A number of Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought it agreed that it was quick to charge. Bc rated it 4 stars and wrote on Amazon four years ago “It takes over 7 hours to charge from 10% battery”.

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Apple Has Excellent Tablet Reviews

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

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Good Picture Quality

Eight Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who reviewed this tablet reckoned that it had good picture quality. Four years ago Kazwheaty mentioned in their review “With better graphics, i would definetly reccomend it” and gave the product a very good review. Kieran M wrote in their review of this tablet “The screen image quality is better than anything on the market” . Peppers said “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 gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a rating of 5 stars.

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

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Easy to Use

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who purchased this tablet concluded that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “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” and scored the Apple iPad (3rd gen) 4 stars. 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”.

Four customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to setup. Bjon78 wrote on Amazon “Easy to set up and use” in their review and gave it a score of 5 stars. M. Smith wrote on Amazon “It's pretty easy to set up as a marketplace seller”.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. Amit Karpe mentioned on Amazon “The best reading experience after my Kindle e-ink reader” and scored the product 5 stars. John Ryan 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 the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

Several people concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago M. D. mentioned on Amazon “The menus are simple and you find things where you expect them to be”. One person mentioned that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was comfortable and easy to hold. Four years ago Aspen said “Is an absolute joy to hold and work with”.

One customer who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good interface. Gottabemobile.com said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “Simple interface”.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of people who purchased it considered that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer gave this tablet a score of 4 stars and said on Amazon “Overall a good buy and good value for 16gb version” in their review. Three years ago Andy Gough mentioned in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “Bought it for my wife at a good price” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Aspen said on Amazon four years ago “They all seem to be incredible value” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was a bargain for the price. Aspen said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “And the apps are cheap, they're there in a flash”. Belgarionn said on Amazon “Contrast that with my phone and my cheap (approx” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). Letstryubuy mentioned “It has a 1GB processor which is the same as a cheap laptop, let's not forget about 4G LTE compatibility” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

Some customers thought the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was cheap. Burridge said “How did I live without it? So simple to use, expensive I admit.” in their review of this tablet. Charmkin mentioned in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “It is a budget/value version” however they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Elaine Tomasso said on Amazon “I wouldn't have bought it myself as I think it's too expensive for what it is” in her review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

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Good Product Quality

A few customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Four years ago Aspen wrote on Amazon “There are quality apps to inform or enjoy at the drop of a hat”. Aspen also said “Good sound quality and an equaliser which lets you choose from a vast range of audio settings”. Aspen also wrote “The build quality is superb”.

Nice Design

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought it agreed that it was good looking. Aquaviola mentioned “Looks gorgeous” in their review. Aquaviola also said “The gorgeous higher-resolution graphics make using this a really nice treat”. Bigflat mentioned on Amazon “Pretty cool” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers said in their reviews that it was smooth. Bigflat scored it 4 stars and said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) on Amazon four years ago “Razor sharp, superficially fast and smooth.”. Bigflat also mentioned “It remains super responsive and smooth”. Jb said on Amazon “As smooth as silk” in their review.

A number of customers considered that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was a good design. Bywoodland mentioned four years ago “At first I loved the IPAD, great design, instantly useable with essentially no wake up time” in their review of this tablet. Gottabemobile.com mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “The iPad is nothing less than a beauty of design coming from the Apple” .

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Good Connectivity

A number of Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who purchased this tablet concluded that it was wifi compatible. Aspen scored it 5 stars and mentioned “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 review. Bigflat wrote “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 rated it 4 stars and said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “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”.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought the Apple iPad (3rd gen) considered that it was able to connect to the internet. Allan Jones wrote three years ago “The connectivity with the Internet is quick and there is no delay in browsing” in his review. Bywoodland wrote on Amazon “It's slick and a great internet media tool” in their review of this tablet. This year Jon & Michelle wrote “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 this tablet and gave this tablet a score of 5 stars.

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it had email functionality. Gary Baldy mentioned on Amazon “I'm not sold on this gadget; it seems to be fine for email, browsing and games.” nonetheless he only rated the Apple iPad (3rd gen) 40 out of 100. Happybooks mentioned on Amazon “It makes emailing a joy” and gave this tablet a score of 5 stars. John Ryan 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 who reviewed this tablet thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Four years ago Bigflat mentioned “The iPad continues to have amazing connectivity”.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner said in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had network functionality. Four years ago Charmkin mentioned “Replaces the PC for many tasks, such as checking emails, browsing, social networking and shopping” in their review of this tablet but even so they gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

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Robust

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Bigflat gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “Also logs on to university wifi using wpa2 enterprise whereas I do t think galaxy tab has that built in”. Four years ago Charmkin wrote in their review “The build quality is much better in the ipad 3” although they only gave it a rating of 3 stars. Collystoys gave it a very good review and mentioned “The sound quality is bang on! The processing speed is not to shabby either - very quick” in their review.

A number of customers reckoned that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was reliable. Mr. T. R. John wrote two years ago “Really reliable and works as you`d wish it too”. William mentioned “Even my old iPad was brilliant, reliable and easy to use” and gave this tablet a rating of 5 stars.

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who reviewed the Apple iPad (3rd gen) reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch.

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Good Sound Quality

Five Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners agreed that this tablet had good sound quality. Four years ago Macman rated the Apple iPad (3rd gen) 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “The sound clearly projects out of one side when in landscape”.

Good Technical Features

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it had good features. Busb wrote four years ago “As of 21/09/2012, I have loaded iOS6 that works fine & adds some new features” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. C. T. Bevan mentioned “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!”. Macman wrote “Aside from the screen there are a couple of hardware features that I'm very pleased with” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it thought it was quiet. Stephen P. said on Amazon “Its keeping her extra quiet”.

Good for Games

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good playing games on. James mentioned in his review of this tablet 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”. Gottabemobile.com said in their review of this tablet “Slick gaming”.

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

With an internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has one of the largest internal storage capacity amongst comparable spec tablets of this age. The internal storage capacity of A5 processor tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the iPad (3rd gen) range from 4GB to 64GB, and the average internal storage capacity is 29GB.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) has one of the larger screen sizes (9.7 inches) amongst similar spec tablets of this age. The smallest screen size of tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the iPad (3rd gen) is 7" and the largest is 11".

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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 actually the best display resolution amongst all tablet computers that came out more than two years ago.

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

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7 Reasons Against

Poor Support

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners reckoned that this tablet did not have good technical guidance. Brianinfrance mentioned in their review on Amazon “The screen is no help whatsoever”. J. C. Mcintosh said on Amazon “I am satisfied up to now, still fingering it out as Apple never furnish you with a decent manual” in their review of this tablet. John in Cornwall rated the product 60 out of 100 and he mentioned in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) 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

A number of customers agreed that the product was not heavy and bulky. A. C. Hamill mentioned “Heavy for it's size” in their review of this tablet. Aspen said “Sky go, google earth, other maps and some photo heavy guides” in their review of this tablet although they still rated this tablet as excellent. Charmkin said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “In fact it probably can replace the PC in most ways except for heavy gaming” .

A number of Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners said that this tablet was not a good weight. Amit Karpe mentioned “People seem to complain about the weight” although they still scored the product 5 stars. One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was not heavy. Aspen mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon four years ago “Still got more than 25 gb free despite loads of hefty apps”.

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Not 4G Compatible

Most tablets of this age and type are not 4G compatible. The iPad (3rd gen) is no exception to this as it too is not 4G compatible.

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Not 3G Compatible

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 3G compatible. Most of the other A5 processor tablets that are a comparable age to the iPad (3rd gen) are also not 3G compatible.

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Fairly Thick

The thinnest thickness of tablets of a comparable age and type to the iPad (3rd gen) is 7.2mm and the thickest is 250mm. With a thickness of 9.4 millimeters, the iPad (3rd gen) has one of the thicker thicknesses amongst tablets of this age.

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Heavy

With a weight of 652 grams, the iPad (3rd gen) is one of the heavier A5 processor tablets that came out more than two years ago amongst A5 processor tablets of this age. The weights of tablets that were released more than two years ago range from 290g to 670g.

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Very Tall

The shortest A5 processor tablet computer that was launched around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 8.8mm tall and the tallest is 250mm. The Apple iPad (3rd gen) is very tall (241.2 millimeters) compared to most of the other tablet computers that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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 Apple released the iPad (3rd gen).

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 1 gigahertz, the iPad (3rd gen) has a pretty standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec.

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Two Processor Cores

Compared to the other 15 A5 processor tablets that have been around for around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) that we have assessed the number of processor cores of, the iPad (3rd gen) is a two processor core tablet which is average.

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Specification

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

1 Award

parentesis.com Editor's Choice

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

(199)
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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