The new, third-generation iPad has arrived

New iPad

For people like me, who have literally just replaced their faithful “brick” for a smartphone, the news may not be earth shattering, but since my new iPhone has made me a believer I thought I would take a look at the latest from Apple, the new iPad.

So how is it different to the iPad 2? On the face of it, not much has changed, but look a little deeper, and you will find significant changes designed to improve the user experience.

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Breakthrough Retina Display
Probably the biggest improvement on the new iPad is the stunning new Retina display which makes everything look crisper and more lifelike. The text becomes razor sharp, and colours are more vibrant. Photo and videos are rich with detail. These improvements are thanks to 3.1 million pixels powered by the new A5X chip. That’s 4 times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than on an HDTV. The Retina display on the new iPad features a 2048×1536 resolution and 44% greater colour saturation. All of this combined make it the best display ever on a mobile device.

5MP iSight Camera
The second big improvement on the new iPad is the 5-megapixel iSight camera. Designed with advanced optics, the iSight allows you to shoot gorgeous photos and 1080p HD Video. The camera features a backside illumination sensor which captures pictures in sunlight or candlelight. The face detection allows you to automatically balance focus and exposure across up to 10 faces to capture those special occasions. The HD Video Recording allows you to capture the best moments life can throw at you all with automatic video stabilisation, so your recording is free of bumps and shakes.

Ultra-fast Wireless
The third improvement is the next generation wireless. The new iPad features Wi-fi + 4G allowing you to download videos, music and e-mail at Ultra-fast speed.
These stunning innovations allow you to enjoy the over 200,000 apps made just for iPad available from the App Store. These cover business, games, education, social network, cooking, news and more.

To buy or not to buy…
Looking through all of the product information, the new iPad has definitely peaked my interest. I don’t have a tablet computer yet and I suspect that as with the iPhone, once I have one I won’t know how I lived without it.

If you already have an iPad 2, you will have probably have already decided whether you are going to update to the new iPad or not, but if like me you don’t have one yet, opting for the latest and best version is definitely appealing.

If I do decide to buy the new iPad, I will definitely buy it online through Give as you Live. The new iPad is available from various stores and is priced, on average around £399, which means that I would be able to raise £3.99 for my charity, NSPCC.