The New iPad – Review


  • High-resolution retina display
  • Fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating
  • 5 megapixel iSight camera
  • 241.2mm high x 185.7mm wide x 9.4mm deep
  • Weighs 652 grams
  • Up to 10 hour use off one battery charge
  • Available in WiFi and WiFi + 4G 

If you haven’t had the experience of buying a new Apple product, then let me fill you in… It comes in a perfectly made white box. The gadget is placed gently inside and it’s wrapped in a thin cellophane-type paper which perfectly surrounds your little wonder to protect it. And that first moment as you rip off the wrapping, is like unwrapping a present on your fourth birthday and discovering that it’s the Barbie you’ve been nagging your parents about for months… Opening my new iPad was so much better than getting a top-of-the-range Barbie!



The iPhone4 was the first Apple device to be made with a high-resolution retina display. This “resolutionary” feature has now been incorporated with the new iPad giving it four times more pixels that the iPad 2 (and a million more than an HD television). It makes text clearer and colours richer that it feels like you’re seeing everything for the first time.


The 5 megapixel iSight camera allows you to capture amazing pictures as well as 1080p HD video. The camera features a “backside illumination sensor” which means you are able to capture perfect pics under sunlight or by candlelight. And just like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, you can tap the screen to focus your photo if you’re not happy with the autofocus. When it comes to recording life’s memorable moments, it’s good to know that the iSight camera also includes automatic video stabilisation. This means that no matter how hard you are laughing or crying with laughter, your recording will have no shakes.


Now to connectivity… The new iPad offers the best support for networks across the globe. With built-in antennas that access wider connections, you can go online almost anywhere you are. And just like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the new iPad has the personal hotspot feature (where supported) where you are able to connect up to five different iDevices. At this stage my iPad hasn’t given me the option of the Personal Hotspot but this could be because I haven’t yet inserted a SIM card.


The iTunes app store has a whole host of new applications designed just for the new iPad. I haven’t had a chance to explore very far but I can’t wait to download a few exciting games (though these should be very girly so my husband doesn’t decide to take my iPad on as his own).


The last exciting thing in my books is the built-in Dictation (like Siri on the iPhone 4S). I can now compose an email, iMessage, or a new note by using my voice. Once you’re in the desired application, tap on the microphone icon on the keyboard and then say what you want to be written. Once you’re done, tap anywhere on the screen and your spoken words will appear on the display. You can also use this feature to update your Facebook status or to tweet through Twitter. You should just make sure you proof read before you hit the send button though as Miss Dictation doesn’t always get it 100% correct.

When a new Apple product comes out you always think to yourself, “how did they manage to make this gadget so much better than its predecessor?”. Thinking about the awesomeness that is the new iPad, I can’t help but think how will they possibly make another iPad that’s better than this one…


WiFi + 4G

WiFi only

R6,299.00 for 16GB

R4,999.00 for 16GB

R7,299.00 for 32GB

R5,999.00 for 32GB

R8,299.00 for 64GB

R6,999.00 for 64GB

Or if bought through FNB if you are an account holder:

  • R205.00 per month x 24 months for 16GB WiFi only
  • R259.00 per month x 24 months for 16GB WiFi + 4G
  • R299.00 per month x 24 months for 32GB WiFi + 4G


About the author  ⁄ Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer

Jessica is slightly obsessed with shoes, eventing, technology and social media. The inventor of the hashtag "SexyShoes" on Twitter she's got a massive interest in all things digital and currently runs her own social media agency. Depending on how much time you have, get her talking on shoes for an education you'll never forget!


  • Reply
    June 1, 2012

    Calling it revolutionary is actually a little bit exaggerating
    because the sole point truly new is supplying this sort of high resolution for a
    affordable price tag. Apple failed to even invent the technologies that produced the monitor feasible, particularly SHA
    (Super Substantial Aperture) was in fact designed by Sharp and JSR several years in
    the past.

  • Reply
    July 3, 2012

    Who mentioned March 2?

  • Reply
    July 11, 2012

    I find it so inspiring that I’m not the only person out there over the age of 20 who doesn’t know any of this! Time to learn *about all of it*.

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