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Apple launches third-generation iPad with hi-res screen, and iPhoto for iOS

By dpreview staff on Mar 7, 2012 at 19:54 GMT

Apple has unveiled the latest iPad with its highest-ever resolution screen, alongside an iOS app of the iPhoto image processing and management tool. The third-generation iPad will feature a 2048 x 1536 pixel 'Retina' display along with a quad-core graphics processor to power it. It also gains a 5MP back-lit CMOS camera with a five-element f/2.4 lens (a similar spec to the unit in front of the iPhone 4S's 8MP camera). There's also a $5 iPhoto app that allows a series of simple image corrections and sorting options to easily find your best images and get the best out of them.

Sadly there's still no built-in SD card slot to make uploading photos easier - instead you have to buy the Apple plug-in accessory one.

The smallest, 16Gb, WiFi-enabled version will cost $499/£399(inc VAT), with 32Gb versions for $599/£479(inc VAT) and 64Gb versions costing $699/£559(inc VAT). 4G capability will add $130/£100(inc VAT) to the cost.

iPhoto for iOS

iPhoto for iOS is a $4.99 app that increases the photo management and processing capabilities of iOS devices. In addition to the predictable processing filters it also allows local correction and enhancement of photos, by pressing and sliding to adjust properties such as contrast, exposure and saturation. There are no selection tools so, if the software doesn't affect the area you wanted it to, you have the option to use painting tools to adjust contrast, saturation, sharpening or brightness.

All the tools are kept intentionally simple, such as the option to automatically straighten horizons and generate 'photo journals' from a group of selected images, so we don't see it challenging apps such as Snapseed or Photoshop Touch just yet. Click here for more details.


Press Release:

New iPad Features Retina Display, A5X Chip, 5 Megapixel iSight Camera & Ultrafast 4G LTE

SAN FRANCISCO―March 7, 2012―Apple today introduced the new iPad, the third generation of its category defining mobile device, featuring a stunning new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G connects to fast networks worldwide, including AT&T’s and Verizon’s 4G LTE networks, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. Beginning today, iPad 2 will be offered at an even more affordable price starting at just £329 inc VAT.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

The new iPad’s Retina display delivers four times the number of pixels of iPad 2, so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when held at a normal distance, making web pages, text, images and video look incredibly sharp and realistic. The 3.1 million pixels in the Retina display are more than one million more pixels than an HD TV, and with 44 percent increased colour saturation the new iPad displays colours that are unbelievably richer, deeper and more vivid. Movies are now capable of playing at full 1080p HD-resolution, delivering an incomparable viewing experience on a mobile device.

The powerful new A5X chip with quad-core graphics was specifically designed by Apple to deliver a fast, responsive user experience while supporting the incredible Retina display. With double the graphics performance of the A5 chip, the A5X provides a superb balance between performance and power efficiency so users can enjoy all the benefits of the stunning new display while experiencing a smooth Multi-Touch interface, immersive gameplay, incredible visual depth and all-day battery life that iPad is known for delivering.

The 5 megapixel iSight camera features advanced optics for taking stunning pictures and recording full HD video. Backside illumination allows you to take great photos in low-light conditions and a new video image stabilisation feature removes the bumps and shakes typically seen when filming with a hand-held device. Images can be enjoyed on the large Retina display, then edited, enhanced and easily shared with friends and family using the built-in Photos app on iPad. 

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with built-in next generation 4G LTE has the most comprehensive support for fast networks worldwide including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA, and now both CDMA and GSM iPad users have the ability to easily roam internationally. The world-ready iPad delivers blazing download and upload speeds so web pages load incredibly quickly and email with large attachments can be sent and received easily. Personal Hotspot can be used to share the fast network connection on your iPad with up to 5 other devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB**.

With iOS 5.1, the latest update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, the new iPad has a number of new features and enhancements including: a redesigned Camera app with video stabilisation technology; the ability to delete photos from Photo Stream; support for dictation in English, French, German and Japanese; and Personal Hotspot. iOS 5.1 also works seamlessly with iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that works seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content and push it to your devices. When content changes on one of your devices, your other devices are updated automatically.

The new iPad also supports dictation, another amazing way to get things done just using your voice. Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard, then say what you want to say and the new iPad listens. Tap done, and iPad converts your words into text. You can use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write Instagram captions.

Apple also introduced the iPhoto app, along with major updates to iMovie and GarageBand, completing its suite of iLife apps for iOS. iLife and the iWork apps, Pages, Keynote and Numbers, have all been updated to take advantage of the new iPad Retina display. iPhoto includes breakthrough Multi-Touch features so you can use simple gestures to sort through hundreds of photos and find your best shots, enhance and retouch your images using fingertip brushes and share stunning photo journals with iCloud. iMovie now gives you the ability to create amazing Hollywood-style trailers as you record HD video, and GarageBand introduces Jam Session, an innovative and fun new feature that allows a group of friends to wirelessly connect to play instruments and record music together live on their iOS devices.

iPad runs almost all of the over 585,000 apps available on the App Store, including more than 200,000 native iPad apps, from a wide range of categories, including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store puts the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store at your fingertips with a catalog of over 20 million songs, over 90,000 TV episodes and over 15,000 movies. The new iBooks 2 app for iPad lets users experience an entirely new kind of ebook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks created with Apple’s new iBooks Author offer gorgeous, fullscreen ebooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16. Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

iOS 5.1 and iTunes 10.6 are available today as free software updates. iPhoto, iMovie 1.3 and GarageBand 1.2 are available today for $4.99 (US) each from the App Store (www.itunes.com/appstore). Keynote 1.6, Pages 1.6 and Numbers 1.6 are available today for $9.99 (US) each from the App Store. Updates are available for free to existing customers. By the end of March iPad will be available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
**Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.

Comments

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JelleNL
By JelleNL (Mar 7, 2012)

Minor upgrade? Have you seen the screen on the iPhone 4 / 4S? Photo's look amazing on that screen. To get that IQ on a screen this size is BIG news in Photo land if you ask me. This screen has a higher resolution than the computer screens of 98% of the people on this forum.

This makes the iPad even more ideal to bring on trips and jobs to empty your cards on.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

who is saying its minor update, I guess people only lost their mind.

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Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

NY Times: "Apple Upgrades iPad With Modest Changes"

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/technology/apple-updates-ipad-with-some-refinements.html

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BJN
By BJN (Mar 7, 2012)

"Empty your cards on". If only. The Apple card reader is fussy and unreliable, internal storage is limited. The iPad is a poor photo file storage device, so what if photos look good when you finally get them copied over?

0 upvotes
djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Mar 7, 2012)

Photos are easy to copy over. I dump mine on my server and they automatically upload to my iPad. Plus the SD card reader on mine works fine every time. Maybe you have a bad one?

1 upvote
Jim Salvas
By Jim Salvas (Mar 7, 2012)

I usually judge new devices by whether or not they will let me do something I couldn't do with the devices I already have, or do it better. On both counts, this iPad update seems to meet my criteria.

I'm working on an interactive e-book and this looks like the perfect platform for it.

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makofoto
By makofoto (Mar 7, 2012)

I like my new Mac Air ... and yes, it has an SD card slot. :-)

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nxp3
By nxp3 (Mar 7, 2012)

Apple has been pulling the same stunt year after year. No SD card slot, no way to expand, yet people keep buying it. An sdhc or sd card is a necessity not an option. You can't leave that out. It's like buying a Ferrari with no tires. A super model with missing front teeth, a camera without lens. Should I go on?

3 upvotes
WolfyWho
By WolfyWho (Mar 7, 2012)

They do make an SD Card adapter for those that require it.

2 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

nxp3: "Should i go on?"
no thanks. Enough nonsense already!

5 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Mar 8, 2012)

Your claim that an SD slot is a "necessity" is not backed up by the sales stats of the iPad. Meanwhile, all netbooks have SD slots, and their sales are in the toilet. Maybe there's more to a device than whether or not it has an SD slot? Something to consider.

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owenleve
By owenleve (Mar 7, 2012)

I'm a solid apple customer. iMac, macbook pro, iphone and first gen iPad. Seriously, the iPad is cool. I don't think it's magical and I certainly don't understand why anyone would feel the need to upgrade to this... The screen on the first one is great. Sure, this may be better but really???? This is a kool aid thing, and I like the apple flavor but this makes my gut hurt.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

pathetic

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

If you use/read a lot on your iPad, this is like converting from FAXes to magazines. It makes the iPad a serious replacement for the e-ink readers, whose only past advantage was their screen.

0 upvotes
Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Mar 7, 2012)

I am afraid that I am still enjoying iPad I and trying to understand it's Apple idiosyncracies. Mind you I do enjoy it - I said that clearly ...

Flat cameras? Well I suppose the camera-phones are already flat - how big do you need your lcd to be? .... oh thaaat big ...

I need a 5DIII with an iPad size screen on the back.

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vFunct
By vFunct (Mar 7, 2012)

What Raw file formats does iPhoto support? Does it support the Nikon D4 raw?

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Mar 7, 2012)

r u crazy , you gonna store nikon d4 raw on this .. huh
what a bunch of faulty heads posting on this site these days?!

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pdelux
By pdelux (Mar 8, 2012)

Its a legitimate question - on a photography website.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

It appears that like the built-in photo app, RAW files are processed based on the JPEG preview included:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5182?viewlocale=en_US

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Najinsky
By Najinsky (Mar 7, 2012)

My favourite part of all Apple launches in recent years has been reading the insightful comments of the pundits who exlain why they got it wrong and why it will fail (no USB port, are you Serious!).

I think it's a very photog friendly update, which is good, but go ahead pund, make my day!

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aerorail
By aerorail (Mar 7, 2012)

can someone explain to me this apple thing...i don't get it
nevermind it won't make sense no matter what is written

minimal improvements since electronics are having a hard time finding new things that make sense same as phones and tv

QUICK run out and buy one!!

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studio311
By studio311 (Mar 7, 2012)

You mean... like the 3.5 year 5d3 update from 21MP to 22MP? That wouldn't be a fair characterization would it? Neither is yours of the new iPad.

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grafli
By grafli (Mar 7, 2012)

Lol, Canon just realized that more mexapixel isn't needed. But image quality is always welcome!
But you only saw the MP count and where disapointed... tsts.
Best thing ever on the 5D MKIII is the AF! It's killer!

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relate2
By relate2 (Mar 8, 2012)

Wow that photo really sucks.
http://stadium.weblogsinc.com/engadget/files/new-ipad-sample-shot-03-07-2012.JPG

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capanikon
By capanikon (Mar 7, 2012)

I think a poster on Slashdot summed it up best: "Look it's Malibu Stacy, but she's got a new hat."

2 upvotes
Bryan Campbell
By Bryan Campbell (Mar 7, 2012)

Ironic they will be the ones left behind with antiquated Windows PCs while the rest of us move forward onto something new.

1 upvote
Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

the only differences between a Mac and a PC are the OS and the price, so who are you talking about by "they" ?

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djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Mar 7, 2012)

Sorry but there is not a PC that looks anything close to the quality or design as a Mac or Apple anything. I was a PC guy for ever but after building a hackintosh system and running OSX on it I will never go back to windows. My macbook pro is a work of art. Every windows laptop that I have owned pales in comparison. There is also no other touch surface on any phone or tablet that works and feels as smooth as the iPhone or iPad. I have tried them all.

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smalltalk80
By smalltalk80 (Mar 7, 2012)

I find it amusing that apple fans tend to make very absolute judgements. "there is not a PC that...", "there is also no other .. on any phone or tablet that", "I have tried them all".

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djrocks66
By djrocks66 (Mar 8, 2012)

Show me one and prove me wrong. I am not just an Apple fan.I am a tech fan. I am typing this as I am testing Windows 8 on my Hackintosh. I love anything that is good. I just have not found anything built better then the Apple stuff. I wish there was believe me. Any way... this is all my opinion and I live in my own absolute. :) I do like the iPad for photography though.

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olympu5
By olympu5 (Mar 7, 2012)

no thanks.

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Greg Henry
By Greg Henry (Mar 7, 2012)

VGA Front Camera?

Seriously? With all of the nice improvements to the device, and then to add a retina display, but keep a 640x480 VGA camera on the front for Facetime chats? Wow. No... "Duh".

(shrugs)

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GreatWhiteNorthEh
By GreatWhiteNorthEh (Mar 7, 2012)

Something to keep in mind, video chat is at the mercy of the A-B connection quality. I have done numerous video chats, and there rarely is a time when the path between both parties supports high quality (read 720p or better) video. Yes, you might both be on high-speed broadband, but my experience is that is a rare case.

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Suntan
By Suntan (Mar 7, 2012)

@ Greatwhite

The only people I have a desire to video conferance with are my parents, so they can watch their grandchildren grow up.

I don't care that it is a "rare" case, as it is all I am interested in. A quality imager and quality mic means grandma and grandpa can see and hear what their grandchildren are doing hundreds of miles away.

If you are content with a low quality image to go along with a low quality signal, that's fine but don't claim that quality video conferancing is something that none of us can benefit from.

Finally, it has been my experience that even on a poor connection, starting with a quality video feed will still result in better communication than sending a junky video feed over a poor connection.

-Suntan

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Gorpalm
By Gorpalm (Mar 7, 2012)

Everybody pretty much looks terrible on video chat, esp if you think most people hold the unit lower than the face, so the camera's pointing up at your chin(s), and your face is tilted down...So VGA is in a practical sense more than enough resolution TYVM.

I'm not an Apple apologist (happily use my PlayBook except for the hi-res front-facing cam of course!) but some technology is just overkill.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

I would like an HD camera as well, but VGA is better than the SD TV every expensive video conference system used until a few years ago, and this is handheld, so I'll cut it some slack.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (Mar 7, 2012)

Where is the USB port?

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Mar 7, 2012)

Fun stuff..

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studio311
By studio311 (Mar 7, 2012)

Very nice update to an already wonderful device. May have to grab one.

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Mar 7, 2012)

Must. Get. One.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 7, 2012)

You realize that you have been brainwashed?

7 upvotes
studio311
By studio311 (Mar 7, 2012)

The only people more ridiculous than the Apple fanboys are the Apple haters.

22 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

Apple fanboys are hard to beat, sorry

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 7, 2012)

I'm used to abuse for not being a Muggle.

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Mar 7, 2012)

Hehe. You want one. Admit it. You want one. :-D

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 7, 2012)

I want a 35mm F1.4 :p

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

Only if it's EF-S and reasonable (under $300).

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Mar 7, 2012)

Out of the hordes of tourists I see in Prague I've seen but one taking pics with an iPod. Sure looked funny doing it and it wasn't even windy.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Mar 7, 2012)

Awesome, Apple. iThankyou.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 7, 2012)

Apple fan boys rejoice!

Other than the display, nothing ground breaking here...

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studio311
By studio311 (Mar 7, 2012)

That's like saying..."other than the 80MP sensor, nothing special about the IQ180 camera." Marginalization at its finest. I think you forgot the quad core processor, 73Mbps capable, etc. I'm sure if Apple found the cure to cancer, your response would be "meh". I certainly don't think Apple is the be-all-end all, but no need to put down everything they *create* either.

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GreatWhiteNorthEh
By GreatWhiteNorthEh (Mar 7, 2012)

That screen, which matches the resolution of their 27" iMac, can stand on it's own. Add the quad core processor, and the new iPad has set the bar [high]. Top it off, the price remaining $499, sorry to say that this is going to be a killer piece of hardware.

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Tom Caldwell
By Tom Caldwell (Mar 7, 2012)

Hmmm, it just killed off their previous models ...

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Essai
By Essai (Mar 7, 2012)

actually, the processor is pretty amazing (4 times faster than the fastest Android processor according to Tim Cook)

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hunk
By hunk (Mar 7, 2012)

and if you think this is a minor upgrade (?) then there's the iPad at $399,- It's still available at 100 less.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Mar 7, 2012)

@studio311

I think you and I have a different definition for "ground breaking". For instance, the 5D2 in 2008 was ground breaking. The original iPhone in 2007 was ground breaking. This is just the usual annual update of hardware features so what exactly is special? When it does cure cancer though, I will be the first to applaud it! ;)

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sacredhonour
By sacredhonour (Mar 7, 2012)

@studio311

There is actually not much which is new tech. The processor is a dual-core CPU with a quad core GPU. This is not very different from many tablets already out. The newer Tegra 3 designs are quad core CPUs with 12 core GPUs.

Also, LTE is not new in a tablet. The Galaxy 10.1 and Motorola Zoom have been out for months with LTE and come to mind. Though having LTE on data-capped networks in the US (AT&T/VZ) is just data overages waiting to happen.

The screen is definitely nice, though most Android tablets are expected to have similiar. Samsung is rumored to have a high resolution Note in the works for mid-year.

Personally my next tablet is the Asus Infinity: 10.1", 1920x1200 (221ppi), thinner and lighter than the iPad3, ICS, 4x CPU core, 12x GPU core, with multiple inputs and outputs.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Mar 9, 2012)

If you count PowerVR cores like Tegra 3, it would be a 16 core GPU, and it kills the Tegra 3 in performance.

With 1GB of RAM and a dual core CPU, iOS will easily our perform Android at most things, while pushing more pixels than every announced or shipping Android tablet.

It doesn't have anything unexpected, it's just like a new PC - faster, bigger hard drives, still Windows 7. OTOH, it's the fastest, longest battery life, highest resolution LTE tablet ever, so, not bad.

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