Register Hardware hands on with iPad (Early 2012): Very impressive, dazzling screen; head and shoulders above the competition

“This is the first iPad with a decent camera. The very first iPad didn’t have one at all, of course, and last year’s wasn’t much to write home about. This year, there’s a 5Mp sensor,” Oscar Milde reports for Register Hwrdware. “Note that there’s no flash on this camera, so deploying it for stills or video is best suited to brightly lit situations. The video camera capabilities have been enhanced, too, so now it can shoot 1080p HD footage, up from the 720p last year’s model managed.”

“The new iPad’s ‘retina display,’ a 264 pixels per inch, 2048 x 1536 panel… is designed to be so high-resolution you can’t see the individual pixels,” Milde reports. “Take one glance at it and you can see Apple’s claim is true. This screen is very impressive… But to my eyes, it’s bright, crisp and crystal clear.”

Milde reports, “The A5X processor is not quad-core, as some had hoped, but it has twice the graphics performance of the iPad 2, I’m told. I tested a couple of games and they played very smoothly, with advanced graphics, to boot… If you haven’t had a tablet computer before, this looks like it is head and shoulders above the competition… If you have the iPad 2, the glorious 2048 x 1536 screen is reason enough to upgrade.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Tim Bajarin: Apple’s new iPad sets the stage for innovation – March 8, 2012
Analysts see Apple iPad (Early 2012) lapping the competition yet again – March 8, 2012
Apple unveils new iPad featuring Retina display, A5X chip, 5-megapixel iSight camera and ultrafast 4G LTE – March 7, 2012


  1. I must say I was shocked that they didn’t upgrade the front facing camera. Won’t people look really crappy during Facetime conversations between other iPads on that high res screen?

    1. If you upgrade the FaceTime camera, you immediately and exponentially increase the amount of data being sent and thus the bandwidth needed for FaceTime video. If Apple’s goal is to get FaceTime over wireless networks, then increasing data and bandwidth requirements would be counter productive.

      With AT&T and Verizon already throttling some iPhone/iPad users’ data, adding a data hog like that would not help get FaceTime adopted by the wireless carriers.

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