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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 reviewer at Parentesis.com concluded that this tablet was exceptional and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including parentesis.com and ilovetablette.com the average expert rating of this Apple tablet is 89 out of 100. That puts this tablet computer in the top 1% of all the tablet computers of this age and type.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 280 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Apple tablet computer is outstanding. This tablet computer in the top 1% of all the tablet computers of a comparable age and type when ranked by user rating.

Good Picture Quality

Six customers who purchased the product thought it had good picture quality. Joshua Taylor said on Amazon “The screen image quality is better than anything on the market” and gave the product a very good review. Kazwheaty mentioned on Amazon “With better graphics, i would definetly reccomend it” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review. Photo G said on Amazon “Stunning screen and graphics”.

Several customers said in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had good colour saturation. Ianr scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “The screen is amazing, colors are vivid”. Mark Shepperson said in his review “Playback on the retina screen shows vivid colours that have to be seen to be belived”. Stuart Crick mentioned on Amazon “I'm impressed by the clarity of the screen and the vivid colours in the pictures.I'm partularly impressed with the battery life” in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review and gave it an excellent review score.

One customer considered that it had a sharp image. Amazon Customer wrote “The clarity, colours and sharpness are second to none” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review.

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Robust

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

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Phil said on Amazon “Smart cover all-in-one which is very sturdy and practical” in his review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

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Good Connectivity

Several people agreed that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was able to connect to the internet. Allan Jones said in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon four years ago “The connectivity with the Internet is quick and there is no delay in browsing”. Five years ago Bywoodland said on Amazon “It's slick and a great internet media tool” but in spite of that they rated the product 3 stars. Jon & Michelle gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon last year “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 number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was wifi compatible. Five years ago Bigflat gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “I use VPN with university network and it logs on to my hospital network wifi with no problems”. In the same month Busb mentioned 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” in their review of this tablet and scored it 80 out of 100. In the same month D. Diep scored this tablet 5 stars and wrote in their review of this tablet on Amazon “A lightning port instead of the usual Apple port, faster wifi and LTG/4G coverage”.

A number of people who bought this tablet reckoned that it had email functionality. Happybooks said “It makes emailing a joy” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) and rated the Apple iPad (3rd gen) 5 stars. Four years ago John said “I'd use it for pleasure (eMail, watching films or playing the odd game” in his review.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Bigflat wrote “The iPad continues to have amazing connectivity” in their review.

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer who bought it reckoned that it had network functionality. Charmkin said in their review of this tablet “Replaces the PC for many tasks, such as checking emails, browsing, social networking and shopping” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

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Nice Design

Twenty-two people who purchased it concluded that it was good looking. Antony said in his review on Amazon five years ago “Same style of easy, intuitive operating programme.”. Aquaviola wrote on Amazon in the same month “Looks gorgeous” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). Aquaviola also wrote “The gorgeous higher-resolution graphics make using this a really nice treat”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was smooth. Afsar M said two years ago “As smooth as silk” and gave this tablet a very good review. Bigflat said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon five years ago “Razor sharp, superficially fast and smooth.”. Bigflat also mentioned “It remains super responsive and smooth”.

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

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Reasonably Priced

Thirteen customers who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer said in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review on Amazon “Overall a good buy and good value for 16gb version” and scored it 4 stars. Andy Gough said on Amazon “Bought it for my wife at a good price”. D. Diep mentioned in their review of this tablet “Also, I thought that it looked like much better value for money since it also came with a detachable keyboard as well as expandable storage”.

Five Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners who bought it thought it was cheap. Burridge mentioned “How did I live without it? So simple to use, expensive I admit.”. Charmkin wrote in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “It is a budget/value version” however they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Cl Warburton mentioned in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “There are less expensive models around” and rated the Apple iPad (3rd gen) as very good.

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners wrote in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Belgarionn said “Contrast that with my phone and my cheap (approx”. Mark K. Perry said in his review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) “It's an absolute bargain and is immensely powerful” yet he only gave it a score of 3 stars.

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Good Battery Life

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

Some people who reviewed the product considered that it was quick to charge. Bc wrote in their review “It takes over 7 hours to charge from 10% battery”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who bought the Apple iPad (3rd gen) considered that it was good quality. Charmkin said “The build quality is much better in the ipad 3” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) but they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Garrold wrote “My iPad works fine and is very well made” in their Apple iPad (3rd gen) review and rated it 80 out of 100. Happybooks scored it 5 stars and said “I have taken loads of photos with the camera which is excellent quality” in their review of this tablet.

Easy to Use

Several people who bought the product considered that it was easy to use. Five years ago Amazon Customer mentioned “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”.

Four Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this tablet was easy to setup. Gingaone gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote five years ago “Easy to set-up and use - as demonstrated by 11 year old grandchildren! Clear screen”. M. Smith said in their review of this tablet on Amazon “It's pretty easy to set up as a marketplace seller” however they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Tracy mentioned “Much better than the older models loads more apps and really easy to set up” .

A few people who bought it thought it had a good experience. Amit Karpe scored it 5 stars and mentioned five years ago “The best reading experience after my Kindle e-ink reader” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen). John wrote in his Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “You navigate around with your finger by pointing and gently swiping the screen makes the whole experience a lot easier - a lot more fun” and scored it 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Five years ago M. D. wrote in their review “The menus are simple and you find things where you expect them to be”. One Apple iPad (3rd gen) owner concluded that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) had a good interface. Two years ago Gottabemobile.com mentioned “Simple interface”.

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Excellent Brand

Apple A5 processor tablet computers have excellent ratings on average and across all tablets Apple is one of the leading brands.

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Good Sound Quality

A few Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it had good sound quality. Macman wrote “The sound clearly projects out of one side when in landscape” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Five years ago Organicgreen wrote “Teach my 5 year old to perfect his letter sounds and letter writing” in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen).

Good Technical Features

Some Apple iPad (3rd gen) owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Busb said in their review of this tablet “As of 21/09/2012, I have loaded iOS6 that works fine & adds some new features” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Macman gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a score of 4 stars and wrote “Aside from the screen there are a couple of hardware features that I'm very pleased with”. Phil wrote “Packed full of features and great App store, intuitive control”.

Good Webcam

One Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was good for making skype calls. Four years ago Helen wrote in her review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) on Amazon “It takes great pictures, skype is fab the quality of the pictures is so good”.

Good for Games

Several customers who reviewed it considered that it was good playing games on. James said 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 Apple iPad (3rd gen) review “Slick gaming”.

Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

When compared to other tablets of this type and age that we have assessed the internal storage capacity of, the iPad (3rd gen)'s internal storage capacity of 64 gigabytes is one of the largest. The average internal storage capacity of similar spec tablet computers that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) is 29GB.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Tablets of a comparable spec and age to the iPad (3rd gen) have display diagonals of between 7" and 11", and the average display diagonal is 8.8". With a display diagonal of 9.7 inches, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other tablet computers that are a similar age to the iPad (3rd gen).

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2048 X 1536 Pixels Display Resolution

The Apple 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.

This tablet's display resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels) is in fact the best display resolution amongst all A5 processor tablet computers that came out around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen).

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

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6 Reasons Against

Poor Support

A number of Apple iPad (3rd gen) reviewers reckoned that it did not have good technical guidance. Auld Mack wrote on Amazon five years ago “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. Brianinfrance said in their review of the Apple iPad (3rd gen) on Amazon three years ago “The screen is no help whatsoever” and gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a rating of 3 stars. John in Cornwall wrote “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” in his review and gave the Apple iPad (3rd gen) a score of 60 out of 100.

Not Good in Terms of Size

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

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the Apple iPad (3rd gen) was not a good weight. Amit Karpe mentioned five years ago “People seem to complain about the weight” in their review of this tablet.

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Not 4G

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 4G. Most of the other tablets of a similar age and type to the iPad (3rd gen) are also not 4G.

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Not 3G

The iPad (3rd gen) is not 3G. Most of the other A5 processor tablet computers that are a similar age to the iPad (3rd gen) 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 A5 processor tablet computers of this age. Tablets that were released around the same time as the iPad (3rd gen) have depths of between 7.2mm and 180mm.

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Heavy

The Apple iPad (3rd gen) is one of the heavier tablet computers of this age and spec (652 grams) amongst A5 processor tablet computers of this age. Across all the tablets of this spec and age the weights range from 290g to 670g.

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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 Apple tablet computer was released.

Average Processor Frequency

At 1 gigahertz, the Apple iPad (3rd gen) has a fairly typical processor frequency compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec.

Alternative 1GHz processor clock speed tablets currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Apple iPad Mini (£289.00).

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Two Processor Coress

The number of processor coress on the iPad (3rd gen) is two. That's average compared to the other 15 A5 processor tablet computers that are a similar age to the iPad (3rd gen) that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2 processor cores tablets currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple iPad Mini (£289.00).

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Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
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Camera
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Second Camera
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Video Recording
Auto Focus
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Built-In Camera
Audio
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Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
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3G
Data Network
Bluetooth Version
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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
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Colour of Product
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Continuous Video Playback Time
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Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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Other Features
Docking Connector
Kids Tablet
Networking Features
Wi-Fi
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Battery Charging Indication
Connectivity Technology
Number of Processors Supported

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

(193)
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 9 July 2016 by Hugh aitken
(Verified Purchase)

Great buy...

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...

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