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Unboxing the New iPad (Updated)

Finally... the new Apple iPad!

Apple’s New iPad Unboxed!

The new Apple iPad has landed at Unbox HQ! It was actually much easier to secure a unit this time around because Apple already launched the new iPad in Singapore and Hong Kong. Usually stocks of Apple’s newest products take a while before reaching those markets. Anyway we’re happy to share with everyone our unboxing as well as initial impressions of the new Apple iPad! Check out all the photos and the video we prepared for you guys below.

Before anything though let’s do a quick rundown of the major features of the new iPad:

  • Retina Display
  • A5X Processor, Dual-Core CPU, Quad-Core Graphics
  • LTE Ready (We only got the WiFi model though)
  • iOS 5.1 out of the box
  • 5-megapixel camera with advanced optics
  • 1080p Video Recording

Packaging and Unboxing

The new Apple iPad comes in the same white box that the previous iPad models had. It has a photo of the iPad printed at the front and product information at the back. If you want to make sure that what you’re buying is the new iPad check out the specs and look for what kind of Bluetooth the unit has. It should indicate there Bluetooth 4.0. If it’s less than that you’re probably getting the iPad 2, hehe.

The same old box for the new iPad
Make sure the specs at the back match the new iPad, especially if you're buying in Greenhills
The new iPad is practically the same as the iPad 2 in terms of looks and hardware design. The major changes can be found inside as well as the display.

Here’s a quick unboxing video that we did as well:

Let’s turn this thing on!

The first thing that will grab your attention with the new iPad is the Retina Display. I know that several critics are downplaying this upgrade but you really have to see it with your own eyes to believe how stunningly clear and crisp the display is. Once you look at the Retina Display on the iPad you will have a hard time looking at other tablets especially the lower resolution 7-inch tablets in the market.

Retina Display makes images and text clear, crisp, and detailed. It's so good that you actually might get distracted with the display and not focus on the actual content!
Once you go Retina, you can't go back.
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Note that the Retina Display is more noticeable when you’re using the iPad. If you show it to people from a distance they’ll have a difficult time identifying which the new iPad is especially if you put it side-by-side with the iPad 2.

To prove our point we made this quick video. We went around the office and asked people to pick which one was the new iPad (held the new iPad side-by-side with the iPad 2). Only one person got the correct answer but almost all of them realized the difference after they started using it.

Transition from iPad 2 to new iPad

Getting my stuff into the new iPad was easy. All I had to do was plug it in iTunes and restore the most previous back-up of my iPad 2 to it. All my apps, photos, videos, and songs were instantly transferred making it a totally seamless transition.

We’ve only been using it for a few hours but we can already feel that the new iPad is definitely snappier and faster especially when it comes to loading applications. We’ll do more detailed tests for the full review.

Full Review Coming Soon

Based on the short time we’ve spent with the new iPad we can already say that we can highly recommend it to people who own the 1st generation iPad or don’t have an iPad yet. For those who already have an iPad 2 please wait for our full review since we would like to spend more time with this before we give your verdict.

By the way we will be doing a hands-on post with more details on our initial impressions in InterAksyon.com. We will post the link here once it’s up. 🙂

Looking for the New iPad?

You can now buy the New iPad through credit card, Paypal, mobile, and over-the-counter bank deposits via Multiply Marketplace. The Wi-Fi version starts at P23,800.00 while the 3G version starts at P30,300.00. Check out the prices on all variants at their special order page today!

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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4 Comments

  1. Could you suggest how to purchase one ahead from the official Philippine release? I want one too. How’d you do it (aside from travelling to/fro HK/SG) to buy one personally?

  2. there are comments from other new owners that they have a problem connecting to wifi with the new ipad and they have to be in a very close proximity with the router to connect. do you have the same problem as well?

    they’ve noticed also a yellow tint on the screen compared to the ipad2.

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