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Apple iPads Prices, Reviews and Specifications


Apple runs its proprietary operating system on the iPad, a virtual replica of the operating system seen in iPhones and iPod Touches. Apple iPads are available with data plans or as Wi-Fi devices. They are sold in both white and black models and with varying levels of onboard storage.

Apple iPad 2

The iPad remains the standard for the entire tablet market. Released in 2011, the second-generation iPad consistently ranks as the best-selling tablet and receives high marks from reviewers.

The iPad 2 comes with Apple's iOS operating system and functions in many ways like an oversized iPhone. The iPad comes in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G models (available without contracts through AT&T and Verizon).

The iPad 2 features front- and rear-facing cameras which can be used for video calls or for creating HD-quality movies. The iPad also has access to the Apple App Store, with more than 200,000 apps specifically designed for the iPad.

When the New iPad was released in March 2012, Apple discontinued all other capacities except for the 16GB Wi-Fi and the 16GB 3G models, slashing the prices by $100.

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Apple iPad Mini

With a 7.9" screen, the iPad Mini, as the name implies, is the smallest version of its iPad family. Available in both Wi-Fi and cellular models, the iPad Mini has a 7.9" screen with the same high-definition resolution screen as the iPad 2, but no Retina display. The Mini is also available with the same storage capacities as previous models -- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes.

The Mini comes with both video and still HD cameras. The FaceTime HD camera provides 720p video chatting capabilities. The rear camera is 5MP and has auto focus and face-detection abilities. The rear camera also can record videos at 1080p.

The Mini provides access to nearly 300,000 iPad-specific apps available in the App Store. Cellular coverage is available through Sprint, Verizon and AT&T.

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Apple New iPad

The release of the most recent iPad brought a new naming scheme from Apple: Instead of iPad 3 following iPad 2, it is called the New iPad.

The big news about the New iPad is the screen. It offers a ground-breaking 2048x1536-pixel resolution, packing millions of pixels into the 9.7" retina display screen.

Other improvements on the New iPad include the iSight 5MP rear-facing camera capable of 1080 HD quality, a big step up from the 0.7MP camera on the iPad 2. The New iPad connects wirelessly on 4G networks and is capable of streaming movies.

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