The Apple iPad 4 keeps the same design as its predecessor and also comes with the same display and camera. But the new chipset, the Lightning port, and the HD Facetime front cam make it better than the previous generation. iPad 4 comes with a class-leading Retina display and, thanks to additional processing power, packs some extra kick.In theory, the new A6X chipset should double the processing power compared to the previous generation iPad, but in reality, you may not notice a significant difference regarding performance. iPad 4 was meant to future-proof your investment by remaining relevant years after its launch. Let’s go through some basic specifications before going any further:
Weight and Thickness: 652 Grams, 9.4mm thick
Display: 9.7-inch LED-Backlit 1536x2048 resolution display @262ppi, scratch resistant glass with oleophobic coating
Operating System: iOS 6, Upgradable to latest iOS 9.3.2
Chipset, CPU, GPU: Apple A6X, Dual-core 1. Ghz, Power VR SGX554MP Quad Core Graphics
Cameras: Primary 5MP AutoFocus Camera, Secondary 1.2 MP FaceTime Camera
Sensors: Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass
Battery: 11560 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery
Apple iPad 4 Features
Design & Build Quality
For the most part, iPad 4 is identical to iPad in terms of design and shape with the lightning port likely being the only noticeable difference. The aluminum unibody design coupled with a retina display allows the device to feel superior to other competing products from all angles. The control on the iPad 4 is also completely identical to its predecessors in regards to the power or lock key on the top and a volume rocker and rotation lock on the right. On the bottom, you can find the new Lightning port, as Apple has retired the old 30-pin connector on iPad 4.
Display & Audio
iPad 4 boasts a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display which is one of - if not the - best display you will find on a tablet. The display shows accurate colors, and pictures and movies come to life on it. The text also appears crisp and crystal-clear; you will have to struggle to see any signs of pixelation when text is zoomed. The relatively thicker bezel ensures a better grip on this sleek and slim tablet. Overall, the display is nothing short of amazing, and is perfect for doing almost anything including enjoying multimedia content, and reading or browsing the internet. The single speaker can produce loud sound and works well for watching occasional movies on your sofa.
The iPad 4’s 5MP camera captures some pretty good images despite being low in megapixels. The images captured by the camera have a good amount of detail with fair colors and noise levels. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera is also sufficient for video chats. Overall, both cameras are good for taking photos and recording videos when no other camera is available.
Performance and Battery Life
Apple claims that iPad 4 offers a significant boost in performance compared to iPad 3. The faster A6x chipset in the iPad 4 does allow it some advantages in performance; however, the gap may not be so wide. Some benchmarks do support Apple’s claims, but then again, benchmarks are benchmarks and may differ the real-world performance. Regardless of this, everything works butter-smooth on the iPad 4 - it shows no signs of lag or hiccups no matter what you throw at it.
Apple claims that the iPad 4’s battery can last through 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, but in real world usage, the battery lasts even more, up to 13 hours of video playback. You should have no problem in getting a full-day out of the iPad 4 on a single charge playing games, watching videos and browsing the internet.
• Great Retina display
• New Lightning connector
• Excellent battery timing
• Faster A6X Processor and better performance
• Slightly on the heavier side
• Some people may find the price high
• Lightning connector requires new docks and cables
iPad 4 is probably one of the best 10-inch category tablets from Apple, offering a unique mix of great display, excellent battery life, and a slim unibody design. If your budget is tight, then you may also want to consider an iPad Mini, which is not only more portable as well as easy to type on, but is also able to offer a better gaming experience. Google Nexus 10 is probably the strongest non-iOS contender in the iPad Mini’s market and is also around $100 cheaper, but that probably won’t deter loyal Apple fans. Overall, iPad 4 is an excellent option for people who want to enjoy their multimedia content on the go and need a device that provides them with some solid battery backup.