PC Magazine reviews new Apple iPad: ‘The finest large-screen tablet; a truly gorgeous screen; Editor’s Choice’

“Still the finest large-screen tablet on the market, the third-generation Apple iPad ($499-$829) delivers an unmatched array of excellent apps on a truly gorgeous screen,” Sascha Segan reports for PC Magazine. “The high-res display and fast 4G LTE are the best of what’s changed from the wildly popular iPad 2 ($399, 4.5 stars), and the little improvements like a better rear camera and a new dictation feature only help sweeten the deal.”

“The biggest reason to recommend the new iPad, though, isn’t its hardware, fine as that is,” Segan reports. “It’s the software. And I don’t mean Apple’s software, either, although iOS 5.1 is certainly no slouch. The collection of third-party apps for the iPad is far better than on any other platform, including Android, delivering a superior experience—and making it our Editors’ Choice for large-screen tablets.”

Segan reports, “I don’t think we’ll see a better large tablet than the new iPad this year.”

Read more in the full article here.

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29 Comments

      1. I went looking for their rationale for the 4.5 stars and couldn’t find it. The give the Fire and an Asus 4 stars. It maybe the 5 stars is for perfection in every way they can think of. Gives Apple something to strive for.

    1. This comes up every time a new iOS device comes out. It happened with the 4S, the iPad 2, the iPhone 4, etc. and every time people on the web make it out to be the end of the world (not saying you are).

      The problem is real, although very isolated. My first iPhone 4 had this issue. I waited a week to see if it would clear up, and it did to an extent, but I just took it into the Apple store for no questions ask replacement. It isn’t a big deal, and Apple stands behind their products, so if affected, just take it back and get a new one. 🙂

  1. Did you see the “Cons”?
    “No camera settings”!!!????????
    If the camera already take the best pictures of any mobile device, why the hell do you want settings? besides that, there tons of camera apps with settings.
    Those “PC” guys never get it, did they?

  2. Others have mentioned the low power BlueTooth and that seems to be a major upgrade to allow use with so much more efficient hardware & a broader array of iPad accessories.

  3. “an unmatched array of excellent apps on a truly gorgeous screen”

    That, my friends, is the very definition of a great tablet. Everything else is gravy. Apple’s competitors would do well to burn that into their foreheads.

    1. You know that Flash for mobile devices is discontinued, right? Apple and Microsoft already won that battle. Why are you bringing this back up again? That’s like complaining about the G5 processor still not hitting 3GHz… that was so yesterday.

        1. The current iPod touch has the same Retina Display as iPhone 4/4S…

          And iPad 2 does not have a Retina Display. You’re saying it didn’t qualify as the “finest large-screen tablet” before “The new iPad,” just because it did not have a Retina Display? 🙂

          An iPod touch is not a phone, so I think the best description for it (besides “media player”) is actually “small-screen tablet.”

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