Yes, handheld computers you could use to chat with friends were once only to be found as sci-fi TV and movie staples, from the wedge-shaped clipboards toted primarily by Yeoman Rand aboard the USS Enterprise on the original "Star Trek," to the eerily prescient-looking tablet computers (just ask Samsung) seen in "2001: A Space Odyssey," not to mention the updated PADDs in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The iPad wasn't the first tablet computer, but I'm told that it is somewhat popular. Popular enough that there's an official Star Trek PADD app for it. Android tablet owners like me are left to look on in envy for the time being.
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The good: The newest iPad's faster A6X processor adds extra system speed and graphics power. Improved worldwide cellular compatibility makes the LTE model a more appealing proposition. And the iOS App Store remains best in class, with the widest selection.
The bad: The fourth-gen iPad is otherwise identical to its recent predecessor -- same size, weight, and Retina screen. It's heavy to hold in one hand, and most older accessories won't work without investing in a pricey Lightning adapter.
The bottom line: The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.
July 22, 2013 3:09 PM PDT
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