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New iPad wins rave reviews

Network World Staff | March 16, 2012
The first hands-on reviews of the new iPad make it clear not only that Apple keeps the tablet crown but why it continues to do so.

As always, location created big differences. "When I used the iPad at my home in suburban Mill Valley, which doesn't yet have AT&T LTE coverage, the HSPA+ download speed was more than twice what I had experienced in downtown San Francisco — but still half the speed I saw on the LTE network," Snell says.

Gruber's review of the iPad was with an AT&T model with 64GB of storage. "In downtown San Francisco I saw remarkable performance on LTE — easily as fast, perceptually, as a rock-solid Wi-Fi connection," he says.

"As for speeds, we tested the new iPad LTE on Verizon with remarkable results averaging 14Mbps+ down and 2.5Mbps up while 3G speeds averaging 1.8Mbps down and 0.5Mbps up," writes Slashgear's Nguyen.

iCloud: indispensable

The Loop's Jim Dalrymple argues that a key feature of the new iPad isn't actually a feature of the device itself: iCloud.

"Setting up an Apple device is so easy these days with iCloud," he says. "Apple walks you through all of the main settings when you start the iPad and then you just enter in your iCloud ID. Like magic, all of your contacts, iCloud email and calendars are there waiting for you. What's more, they will automatically sync if you make a change on your Mac, iPhone or other iOS device."

And there's more: "It's my login for the iTunes Store and the App Store accounts," Dalrymple says. "After logging in, you can browse through all of the apps that you bought and download the ones you want all at once. You can do the same for music, but I use iTunes Match, so it's even better. With iTunes Match, I don't sync music to my iPad, I have access to all of my music. Thousands of songs and videos, instantly. Anytime, anywhere. That's the way a service should be."


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