2017 Buying Advice from Freestyll "The iPad 4 is the cheapest model of the regular sized iPad to incorporate Apple’s Lightning port, so if you’ve upgraded all your accessories and want a bargain iPad that will charge with the same connector as your iPhone then this is the obvious choice. Buy if you want the best value iPad for media consumption and have converted to Lightning accessories."
The iPad 4 became the fastest mobile Apple device on the market when released, and with a glance at what was already out there that's no mean feat, with 1.4GHz Apple A6X processor boosting it to double the speed of its predecessor.
The iPad 4 still contained the best screen on the tablet market and became the first full size iPad to incorporate the easy charging, reversible Apple Lightning connector; this along with improved FaceTime camera made the iPad 4 the best tablet on the market.
Improved 1.4GHz Apple A6X processor
The dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A6X chip handles the glorious Retina Display even better than it's predecessors, making viewing media and gaming liquid smooth and massively shortening boot up and app launch time. The brilliant quad-core PowerVR SGX554MP4 graphics processor and 1GB RAM remain helping make the iPad experience zippier than before.
The best thing about the iPad 3 was its spectacular Retina Display and that remains with all the same clarity, but with the iPad 4 comes more power to do more than you could before with the screen. Movies and games running even smoother on the crystal clear screen made the iPad 4 the best tablet for screen quality available.
The sharp 5MP rear-facing iSight camera remains, however the major upgrade camera wise is in the front-facing FaceTime camera, which is booted up to a cleaner 1.2MP HD status meaning you can chat face-to-face across the world on the beautiful Retina Display display. The new FaceTime camera is also capable of shooting video at 720p has face detection incorporated to make taking selfies easier and clearer.
The iPad 4 was the first full size iPad to replace the 30-pin dock connector with Apple's digital Lightning connector. The Lightning connector provides a number of improvements. For one it's reversible making it easier to plug in your charger in the dark, it's also more durable, slimmer and more attractive in design.