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Apple’s third generation iPad will hit stores tomorrow, and the early reviews are in.

The new tablet has a 9.7 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and quad-core graphics. It’s a little thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, but gets the same 10 hours of battery life despite the new CPU, higher resolution display, and the addition of 4G LTE wireless.

Apple iPad 3

I was going to round up reviews from top news and gadget sites and provide a little taste of what each review had to offer. But they’re all pretty much saying the same thing.

So here’s the uber-summary: This is the best tablet on the market. It has the best screen and feels at least as fast as its predecessor, if not faster.

If you already have an iPad 2 and you’re happy with it, there’s probably not much reason to upgrade at this point unless you desperately want the better screen or higher quality camera. But if you’re in the market for a new iPad, this is the one to get.

Of course, some folks prefer Android, Windows, Linux, or other operating systems to iOS even though there are probably more tablet-specific apps for the iPad than any other platform. But in terms of hardware it’s hard to find a better tablet, and it plays nicely with other Apple devices thanks to iCloud file synchronization and the Airplay service for streaming media to an Apple TV.

But you can find far more details by checking out some of these reviews from people who have spent the last week with the third generation iPad:

The new iPad goes on sale in stores at 8:00AM on Friday, March 16th. Customers who ordered online should also start receiving their shipments tomorrow.

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One reply on “iPad review roundup (2012)”

  1. Got mine Tuesday from Apple order. Too bad I’m not home right now to open it up!
    Update: Nope it was the refurb’d iPad2 and smart cover I also ordered. 2012 iPad came today via FedEx

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