What’s different from the old one?

The new iPad is nearly 60g heavier than the previous iteration, and while it’s not terrible, it does add a little arm strain during a marathon movie session.

 

Retina Display

Apple has packed a huge amount more pixels into the 9.7-inch screen – 1536 x 2048 to be exact. However, despite the fact that the Cupertino brand makes a big thing about the 330 PPI density of the iPhone 4, we’re looking at a screen that’s technically a lot less sharp than its smartphone brethren -around 264PPI.

The main thing is things like internet browsing; photo viewing and movie sessions are all much, much improved over the iPad 2, and is one of the main reasons to pick up the new iPad.

Design

The curved edges, the oleophobic scratch-proof glass and the aluminium chassis are all the kind of thing that some Android tablets have tried to ape and failed. Of course, many will prefer the feather-light frames of some of the Samsung models but, like the screen, it really comes down to personal preference.

Software iOS 5.1

Oh, and the iPad 3 is also the device that brings iOS 5.1 to the masses (well, it’s also on the likes of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 as well, but hey, we’re not reviewing those today, and you don’t really care unless it’s a new iPad.)

The main thing is things like internet browsing; photo viewing and movie sessions are all much, much improved over the iPad 2, and is one of the main reasons to pick up the new iPad.