Apple iPad with Retina Display
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3 thoughts on “Apple iPad with Retina Display MD513LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White) 4th Generation”
Great Multipurpose Tablet This product is amazing. It’s not perfect, but considering that I’ll have it for at least 2 years and I’ve used it every day so far, I certainly get my $.40 worth each day! It’s very sturdy and I know it will hold up well, as my other Apple products have. I have friends who still use their original iPads (they work just fine, but many applications don’t run on the operating system). I have a Kindle (an old version), and still love my Kindle as a reader. It’s the only way I can read in the sunlight and it’s SO lightweight. Eventually, I’ll upgrade to a new Kindle reader, but I see them as having different purposes. The iPad is a mini computer, and the non-Fire Kindle is the equivalent of carrying around a book (or a thousand).iPad 3 vs. iPad 4:I purchased the version right before this one–the iPad 3–several weeks before the announcement of this version. I called Apple a few days after the announcement, and they immediately set me up with a way to return the iPad 3 to repurchase the newest version. I realize that some people were angry about the announcement, but there has to be a cut off date for new technology at some point, and I thought that Apple treated me as well or better than I’ve seen from any other technology company.Yes, both the iPad 3 and 4 have very crisp, clear screens (which are stunning for video quality compared to my Macbook from 2010). However, the increased speed of the iPad 4 makes the video quality seem clearer. It’s difficult to explain, but movies definitely got a bit crisper. Also, the increased speed really is incredible when opening apps and running a lot at once. I’d say the time it takes to open large applications is cut in half. But, I was so impressed with the iPad 3 when it came, and if I hadn’t been able to exchange it, I would still give it a 5-star review–it’s definitely not “obsolete.”Finally, what makes the iPad special? First, no one *needs* one. But now that I have one, it’s sure useful and I wouldn’t want to go back to life before I got one. Here’s why:* I sit at school or at work in front of a computer all day. I am always typing or reading on the screen. Coming come to something different is nice–it’s refreshing. I’d rather watch a tv show on a 10″ iPad than any other non-TV device (laptop, tablet, phone, etc.). The picture quality is great for movies and browsing, and the 10″ screen is big enough to share if a friend and I want to watch something together. A 7” isn’t enough for that or big enough to basically serve as a TV replacement.* It is functional enough to REPLACE a computer. Don’t get me wrong, I still need my computer for editing files, serious typing, spreadsheets, etc. But right after I got the ipad, I went on a 10-day trip. No computer, no problem. I could take care of all of my emails from work and school, keep in touch, keep up with my finances, etc. It was anything I’d need for a non-work trip. Web browsing works just as well as a laptop for 95% of sites, and there’s an app for many that even improves the browsing experience.* Given the first two points, I think owning an iPad will greatly extend the life of my laptop. I probably use my laptop 50% less now that I have an iPad, so I’ll probably get an extra year of life out of my laptop as a result. That, in itself, makes the purchase of an iPad worth it in my eyes.* Integration with other Mac devices. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but if you’re a Mac user for a laptop or an iPhone, I’d highly recommend the iPad over alternatives, even if it’s more expensive. If you’re hooked on Windows products or Google products, I’d consider those devices.* The number of apps. I know that apps are everywhere these days, but, it seems at least, that there are still the most applications for Apple devices. The difference is especially noticeable in non-retail applications. For example, I’ve tried dozens of “to do” and organizer apps, and my favorite, Errands, is only available on iOS. Another of my favorites, Fotopedia Heritage (a gorgeous display of UNESCO World Heritage photography), is only on iPad. So far (and this may change), a lot of companies also choose to release new iOS versions of applications first. This edge will decrease with time, but for now it is still a significant “plus” for an iPad over other tablets for those who are into applications. Also, I can run most iPhone apps on the iPad, and there’s an easy way to tell the difference (e.g. you can search just for iPad apps or for iPhone/iPad/iPod apps). Not sure if you can do this on other tablets, but I’ve found it useful (e.g. my bank only has an iphone app, but I can still run it on my iPad). Finally, though, just to be clear, this is NOT just a device for running applications. I could do almost everything I choose to do through applications just by using a web browser.* The number of accessories. Many won’t care about this, but some will. If you like to…
Nice But Not An Overwhelming Nice Honestly, I had been trying to figure out what an iPad4 was. Well, this is essentially an iPad3 with a few improvements that I really like.I already own an iPad2, but decided to upgrade to this because I needed to bump up to 32GB. That, and a deal on this iPad which was incredible convinced me to upgrade now. I still use my MacAir and my Dell laptops, but the iPad is my daily go to device and where I go an iPad is going. Great battery life and minimal problems make this a much loved convenience.The improvements are not overwhelming, but the truth is I already love the iPad and this makes it better. I’ve always thought the screen image was very good, but this is an obvious step up. It is clear, bright and vivid with the improved retina display.The iSight camera at five megapixels is very good, but I wasn’t complaining about the pictures I took with my old iPad. Still, it is a nice improvement and it takes a much clearer picture than my old iPhone.The new processor is really fast. I didn’t think it was slow before but when I have a lot of apps running I’ve noticed that it is faster. You’ll have to trust me on this one. I tend to run a lot of stuff at the same time and the old iPad was slower, but not to the extent that I found it irritating or irksome.I like the new lightening connector which is an 8 wire adapter. Just me, but it seems less clunky. However, if you have a lot of Apple products that use the old 30 wire adapter, this may be a pain. I’m going to have to get another car charger/wall charger and I’ll have to take two chargers to cover both adapter types when I hit the road.Another thing I like is my personal secretary Siri. Depress the screen button and Siri is ready to roll. It is voice interpretive intuitive software that retrieves information. While this will probably seem like rudimentary artificial intelligence in a few years, I get a total kick out of it. It’s nice to get directions or find out where the Sox are playing or get the earliest showing of a movie. Love it, though I am still playing around with it and probably haven’t scratched the surface yet. I don’t know if there is any truth to this, but I’ve heard that the Suri software may be available for the earlier versions of iPad at a later date.As for the size and weight, minimally larger but I’d be hard pressed to say this except I compared the specs.Here is the thing. If you don’t care about a better camera or a better display or a faster processing speed or having your own cyber slave to talk to, go with the less expensive iPad2.I like Apple products. I have been using the iPad for two years now and it is fairly trouble free. The few problems I’ve had were the result of software upgrades. I am absolutely no techie type, but the problems have all been fixed with minimal grief.This product is getting 4* because the differences between this iPad and its predecessor are slight when you look at the overall big picture. This takes a great product and kicks it up a notch or two, but it hasn’t reinvented or reimagined the iPad.Update: I am liking this better each day. The updated processor is nice but this also seems a bit more intuitive if it can possibly be so.The imaging is incredible and the pictures this takes are amazing in their clarity and level of detail.I found that my pricey Joby stand case, which was supposedly made to fit with my iPad 2 works with the new iPad despite very slightly different dimensions. I’m delighted that it doesn’t have to be tossed.The only problem I’ve encountered thus far was an upgrade to the software. This is Apple’s problem since it screwed up our other iPads with the same problems, most notably with mail. There is a fix that I found on an Apple forum.Love this, but it is still a 4* considering everything.
LOVING THE NEW IPAD 4!! HERE’S A BREAK DOWN The 8in Apple iPad Mini was eagerly anticipated, but the new 10in iPad 4 (or iPad with Retina Display as Apple insists on calling it) is a surprise as it arrives only nine months after its predecessor the iPad 3.Externally, the iPad 4 looks and feels identical to its predecessor. Although it is sturdy and slim, it’s still the same weight at around 650g. I had hoped for a reduction in weight since the iPad 3 was around 50g heavier than the iPad 2. The battery lasted 12 hours when I was playing videos matching the time achieved by the smaller iPad Mini.The 10in screen still has the same 2,048×1,536 pixel resolution. It’s very sharp and bright with exceptional image quality, especially when compared to lower resolution tablets like the iPad Mini. Only the upcoming Samsung Nexus 10 Android tablet will have a display potentially capable of matching it.All the changes are on the inside rather than the outside. The A6X dual-core processor is twice as fast as the iPad 3’s A5X chip, but this will make little real difference until apps are designed to take advantage of it. Apple will doubtless release features in future versions of iOS that will only run on the A6X, but that has yet to happen.The iPad 4 is thankfully compatible with the recently launched EE LTE network.HD FacetimeI was pleased with Video chatting and that the front-facing camera now records in 720p resolution which gave better, more accurate-looking video although the speed of my broadband connection did also affect image quality.The iPad 4 may be a modest upgrade over its predecessor but it’s still the best 10in tablet so far, which says just as much about the competition as it does about Apple’s tablet. It’s still relatively heavy though, so lighter tablets such as the iPad Mini will be a better buy for some. Here are the Tech Specs for those who don’t know—-Hardware:Height 9.5 inchesWidth 7.31 inchesThickness 0.37 inchesWeight 1.44 poundsColor Silver / Black, Silver / WhiteSpeakers MonoDisplay:Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inchesTechnology IPS LCDResolution (X) 2048 pxResolution (Y) 1536 pxPPI 264Touchscreen type CapacitiveMultitouch YesSoftware:Operating system iOSLaunch OS version 6Media streaming AirPlayProcessor:CPU brand AppleCPU model A6XClock speed 1.4 GHzCores 2Memory:RAM size 1 GBStorage:Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GBConnectivity:Wi-Fi YesWi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHzBluetooth YesBluetooth version 4.0Front Camera:Effective pixels 1.2 megapixelsVideo resolution 720pVideo framerate 30Rear Camera:Effective pixels 5 megapixelsFocus type AutofocusVideo resolution 1080pVideo framerate 30Ports:Video out YesHeadphone 3.5mmData connections LightningSensors:Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, AccelerometerBattery:Capacity 42.5 WhRemovable NoQuoted use time 10 hrThis is the best tablet out there so far!! The screen is amazing and apple once again did an excellent job!