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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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Real World Everyday Use: Is the iPad 4 much better than the iPad 3?

For day to day, is there a marked difference between these two iPads? I'd like to read of experiences members here have had- first hand, vs reading spec sheets that break the two iPads apart.

What does the iPad4 do better?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 04:56 AM   #2
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For day to day, is there a marked difference between these two iPads? I'd like to read of experiences members here have had- first hand, vs reading spec sheets that break the two iPads apart.

What does the iPad4 do better?
Aside from the lightning connector, it's pretty hard to tell them apart.

There are 3-4 games with iPad4 profiles that give slightly higher texture clarity.

Other than that. Email, messaging, calendars, web surfing, Flipboard. All snappy and fast on both.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 05:18 AM   #3
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Other than that. Email, messaging, calendars, web surfing, Flipboard. All snappy and fast on both.

I disagree. Everything is just more fluid on the 4. It's very noticeable for me because i'm a heavy user, and having come from an iPad 3 before it. Some examples are home screen animations and scrolling in content heavy websites. Stuttering is virtually not existant on the 4 whereas the 3 would occasionally struggle at times. Apps also launch much quicker which is useful for me as I switch between many apps quickly.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 05:25 AM   #4
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I disagree. Everything is just more fluid on the 4. It's very noticeable for me because i'm a heavy user, and having come from an iPad 3 before it. Some examples are home screen animations and scrolling in content heavy websites. Stuttering is virtually not existant on the 4 whereas the 3 would occasionally struggle at times. Apps also launch much quicker which is useful for me as I switch between many apps quickly.
I've owed both. Believe me, except for the lightning port on the bottom, you'll never know the difference. Don't be fooled.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 05:47 AM   #5
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I've owed both. Believe me, except for the lightning port on the bottom, you'll never know the difference. Don't be fooled.
Thanks for correcting my personal experience and pointing out that I am simply wrong.

Did it ever occur to you that my usage patterns are different to yours before you decided write out your rude post?
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:53 AM   #6
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I disagree. Everything is just more fluid on the 4. It's very noticeable for me because i'm a heavy user, and having come from an iPad 3 before it. Some examples are home screen animations and scrolling in content heavy websites. Stuttering is virtually not existant on the 4 whereas the 3 would occasionally struggle at times. Apps also launch much quicker which is useful for me as I switch between many apps quickly.
Right. For your usage patterns, but you only stated home screen animations and heavy sites and switching apps. Nothing to do with what the person you replied to said.

To the OP, I guess the only real benefit is if you play games a lot or you like the convenience of the lightning cable if you have other apple devices that use it. Resale value, iPad 4 is nicer.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:55 AM   #7
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I don't own an iPad but even I noticed that iOS6 horribly decreased performance on my mum's iPad 3
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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The iPad 4 is noticeably faster than the iPad 3. If you do not notice the difference then good for you. That just means that you lack the capability to notice it. However, that doesn't mean that there is no difference, because there is.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 10:31 AM   #9
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I don't own an iPad but even I noticed that iOS6 horribly decreased performance on my mum's iPad 3
An OTA upgrade can be the problem.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 04:29 PM   #10
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I disagree. Everything is just more fluid on the 4. It's very noticeable for me because i'm a heavy user, and having come from an iPad 3 before it. Some examples are home screen animations and scrolling in content heavy websites. Stuttering is virtually not existant on the 4 whereas the 3 would occasionally struggle at times. Apps also launch much quicker which is useful for me as I switch between many apps quickly.
Very heavy user here and I agree with this.
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Very heavy user here
Maybe cut back on the carbs.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:24 AM   #12
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Im a power user and I noticed for real world every day use - some improvements in the iPad 4 over the 3 but to be honest - the iPad 3 is cheaper so unless you play new games and use the ipad almost all the time go with the 3
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 09:41 AM   #13
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It appears based on the excellent responses above the iPad3 is running on six cylinders while the iPad4 is a V8.

If I'm just cruising around town, picking up the groceries; dropping the kids off at soccer and whatnot, the 3 will be fine.

If I like to occasionally floor it on a wide open road during a weekend ride, the 4 is the engine to pick.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 01:18 PM   #14
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The iPad 4 can't do anything more than the iPad 3 but all the things that could use extra power, the iPad 4 does better.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 02:00 PM   #15
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 11:02 PM   #16
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It doesn't matter what these guys say, I still love you iPad 3!

Aha, I suppose the performance on the 4th gen is a lot better, but for just about anything the 3 shines. The only time I experience a slowdown on mine is with internet related activities, and that's due to my 1 up 0.5 down connection.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 06:00 PM   #17
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ive owned both and although i can tell that there is a difference (scrolling through pdfs, fast app switching) the difference is NOT night and day.

i feel like the ipad 4 just has more headroom before itll lag/crash. but getting the ipad 3 to that point isnt easy to begin with.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 06:04 PM   #18
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Another one of these? wow.
No, I don't notice any difference, then again, all I do is play fruit ninja and watch netflix on the thing.

when I am web browsing though, there is little, if even any difference between the two.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 06:45 PM   #19
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This would be more of a use case type question wouldn't it?
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 08:31 PM   #20
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Maybe cut back on the carbs.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 12:37 PM   #21
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Here's what I can tell you...

On my 3 I spend about 30-45 minutes before classes reading apps like BBC, local news apps, Zite, CNN, Huffington post. Sporadically play games like words with friends, slingo, and a few others but generally I don't play every app daily lol. Then I read either a book in the kindle app or iBooks a few chapters daily. And do other miscellaneous things like twitter, remote app, etc. And honestly when I did the same things on the 4 everything was the same.

The only thing I noticed different with a 4 over maybe 10 hours of usage is that web browsing seems faster, but not be a huge amount. Just maybe a noticeable thing or my mind playing tricks on me.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 11:07 PM   #22
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If you're purchasing a new iPad then get a 4. If you already own a 3 then don't bother upgrading.
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 12:12 PM   #23
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My 4 is faster than my 3.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 12:59 AM   #24
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The iPad 3 pretty much runs about the same speed as the iPad 2 because it uses a slightly powerful processor to render and display twice the pixels.

The iPad 4 is like the processing difference between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 without being slowed down.
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