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Hands-on Apple's new iPad (photos)

CNET gets a hands-on look at Apple's third-generation iPad.
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By CNET Staff, Contributor on
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Meet Apple's new iPad

It isn't called the iPad 3, or even the iPad HD, like we thought. Apple's third-generation tablet is just officially known as the "new" iPad. We got our hands on the new device at Apple's launch event in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Here's our First Take.

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Retina Display

The new iPad is all about the screen, with a Retina Display that features 2,048x1,536 pixels. Starting March 16, it'll cost $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, with 4G LTE versions for Verizon and AT&T starting at $629. Preorders are open today.

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Same design

Physically, the new iPad is relatively unchanged. Its glass and aluminum build remains 9.5 inches tall and 7.31 inches wide, though it now measures 0.37-inch thick and weighs 1.5 pounds.

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Side view

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Camera

The 5-megapixel camera features a backside illumination sensor, auto-exposure, and auto-focus. There's also auto-face detection. It includes 1080p HD video recording, just like on the iPhone 4S.

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Back

There's that familiar Apple logo.

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Controls, too

A closer look.

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Three capacities

As with the iPad 2, this iPad comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

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Weightier

Heavier than the original, the new iPad is a solid piece of personal technology.

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No Siri?

Apple called its voice actions feature "voice dictation," not "Siri."

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Testing that display

We pull up CNET to check out how all those 3.1 million pixels, or 264 pixels per inch, look. Not too shabby, Apple.

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Retina to retina

An even closer look at the lettering crispness.

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Logo

CNET's logo on the new iPad's Retina Display.

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Once again

We can't get enough of CNET on the new iPad.

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iPhoto

iPhoto for iPad especially caught our interest, with its multitouch editing and filters.

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Organization

The larger form factor makes organizing and editing photos much easier than on a 3.5-inch iPhone screen.

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Filled with tools

The busy app is chockablock with editing tools like brushes, filters, cropping, and exposure adjustments.

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Albums

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Vibrant and crisp

Icons look vibrant, detailed, and crisp on the Retina Display.

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iBooks

There's iBooks, right where we left it.

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Safari

Yep, the browser is still there, too.

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Google Maps

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Smart Cover

The new iPad is still compatible with the Smart Covers that Apple trotted out during the iPad 2 launch, one of its most versatile accessories yet.

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