iPad 3 and iPad 4 are the best to buy if you are thinking to get a used one as it will save you money. The iPad 3 was the first iPad to offer a Retina Display, but other than a super-sized graphics chip to help power the higher resolution screen, it was mostly an iPad 2. The iPad 4 came with a new processor and it was the first major upgrade to the iPad since the iPad 2. So lets compare few features of both the tablets and find out which one is best to buy.
The A6X processor is better in iPad 4
The biggest difference between the iPad 3 and iPad 4 is a processor that produces twice the speed both with graphics and pure processing power. Experts believed that the A6X might make its debut with the iPad 3, but Apple did not want to sacrifice any battery power in an iPad that already needed as much as possible to deliver the Retina Display. The A6X was delayed to make sure it was ready for mass consumption, including being energy efficient.
Lightning connector in iPad 4
The lack of a Lightning connector may be the biggest detractor to buying an iPad 3 over an iPad 4. The lack of speed won’t show as much when you are browsing Facebook or streaming movies or playing pokies games, but the lack of a Lightning connector will make it harder to find accessories that fit the older iPad.
iPad 3 and iPad 4 both have upgraded cameras
The iPad 3 and the iPad 4 both have a 5 MP iSight back-facing camera with basic features like face detection, backside illumination, and a hybrid IR filter. This camera is basically the same as the one found in the iPad Air. It wasn’t until the iPad Air 2 that the back-facing camera moved up to 8 MP, and the newest iPad has a 12 MP camera.
The iPad 4 did improve the front-facing camera to a 720p HD camera, which is a big improvement over the iPad 3’s front-facing camera. But unless you plan to do a lot of selfies, the iPad 3’s front-facing camera is good enough for video conferencing.
iPad 4 has better Wi-Fi
The iPad 4 was the first iPad with a dual-band Wi-Fi antenna. Technically this means it is able to connect to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz 802.11n signals. Non-technically this means it can take advantage of some of the performance-enhancing features of newer routers.
The faster processor on the iPad 4 is great, but most of the time, mobile devices are limited by their weakest link. No matter how fast the iPad can process information, it has to get that information first, so faster downloads can certainly make a big difference.
So finally you can say that iPad 4 is better tablet with a faster processor, upgraded Wi-Fi, and a better front-facing camera. The biggest advantage the iPad 3 has is the fact that Apple used the same processor in the iPad Mini that was used in the iPad 2 and this is a similar processor as the one used in the iPad 3. This has helped the iPad 3 have continued support from Apple rather than going the way of the original iPad, which hasn’t been able to upgrade to the newest versions of the operating system for several years now.
If you are looking to buy a used iPad and are deciding between the iPad 3 and the iPad 4, the fourth-generation iPad is definitely worth some extra money. The extra processing speed alone will help it keep up with the latest apps. Most of you will always believe that new generation iPads are always best but many a times used iPads too make things better for daily activity and use.