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Good: Stunning screen
Bad: Charging time is too long.
Comment: Get one.
Good: The new screen is a revelation, upgraded camera is fantastic.
Bad: No flash support,
Comment: It's a fantastic upgrade from the iPad 2.
You really have to see the new screen to be able to believe how amazing it is. Looking at videos online will not do it justice. The detail, resolution, colour and black levels are incredible.
The new 5MP iSight camera is a welcome upgrade from, the quite frankly rubbish, iPad 2 camera and could easily be used as your every day camera (if you could handle the embarrassment of using it in public). The FaceTime camera hasn't been upgraded either which a shame.
The 4G is a bonus and it shows how apple are future-proofing their products although it is not expected to be available to the UK until 2013 at the earliest. You can still however use the 4G abroad.
Overall, I think "the new iPad" is amazing and definitely worth purchasing if you own an iPad or iPad 2. The new screen and camera are enough reasons to upgrade in my opinion.
Good: Fast, smooth, responsive screen, extra thickness and weight barely noticeable
Bad: Retina display not noticeably better than iPad2 screen
Comment: How times change - Android owner and fan here defending the new iPad! My wife just bought one of these and I have to say I'm very impressed. Whilst I love being able to customize Android and all the freedom it gives you, this just feels a bit more... finished. It's certainly very easy to use, very smooth and tactile and for people like my wife who just want something to use straight away without faffing about setting things up it's near enough perfect.
I have to say that, having compared a 2 and a 3 side by side, there's barely any difference between the 2's display and the retina display on the new one, certainly nothing striking. On the other hand, people obsessing over the extra weight and thickness needn't - as there's barely any difference there either. In the end my wife went for the 3 but the 2 is possibly better value now that the price has dropped.
Good: Retina Display, 5MP Camera, Voice Dictation
Bad: Slightly thicker than iPad 2.
Comment: The whole iPad experience is about the display. I loved the display on my iPad 2, it was the best looking tablet display my eye's have had the pleasure of clapping on to!
Now the new iPad is here with this awesome retina display and it really is an improvement. I compared it to my last iPad, and although I can tell a massive difference, some of my family (who aren't predominately tablet users) cannot notice any change. That is until I open up an iPhone app at 2x. This is where you will really appreciate the difference!
The new 5MP camera is a massive improvement, but I'm afraid that it isn't something I'll be using a lot. I prefer to use my 4S for taking pictures, and using photo stream to zap them across to my iPad for viewing and editing.
Voice Dictation is smart little feature, which works relatively well for quick tasks, such as searching the web. But at most this feature is a gimmick, which you'll tend to find yourself forgetting about or avoid using.
Has Ruffus has said above, the new iPad is 0.6mm thicker than it's predecessor. Not much of a difference? It is when it comes to accessories! My favourite iPad 2 case does not fit my new iPad! So it may not really make a difference aesthetically but it may be problematic when purchasing existing iPad 2 cases.
Overall, although I made the jump up from the iPad 2 to the new iPad, I wouldn't really recommend anybody else doing the same unless they really yearn for the Retina Display. I'm feel the same about the update, as when i updated my iPhone 4 to the 4S. Good new features, but not really essential features.
Resolutionary is the word Apple use to describe it, a play on the word revolutionary. However I tend to think evolutionary would be more a appropriate! The iPad is still the best tablet out there, so if you haven't yet jumped on the bandwagon, then this is your perfect opportunity!
Good: The new screen, the fact it runs so much more smoothly than iPad V1
Bad: Slightly thicker than iPad 2, and only 18G lighter than my iPad V1
Comment: From the perspective of someone who uses a full charge of the battery a day, predominantly for reading textbooks and webpages, the screen is a incredible improvement, I really cannot understate it.
I agree that compared to the iPad 2, you would have to seriously consider whether it is worth it, but for those of us who were still using original iPad's, then it is a no brainer. Many new apps, even medical journals were regularly lagging and crashing on iPad V1, particular since iOS 5. Also being over 20 months old and being charged every day the battery was showing some fatigue, if you can sell on your original in reasonable condition, then why not? If you have a iPad 2, would anything you do on iPad be majorly enhanced?
If you can't notice the difference on the screen, you are either not paying attention, or don't read enough on an iPad, because I have now been able to drop a font size in most apps.
Good: Steady incremental improvement on the best Tablet out there.
Bad: No increase in the range of onboard memory.
Comment: Exactly the same width and length as the iPad 2, but slightly thicker.
I'm surprised everyone is making a big deal out of the extra thickness, but have they actually looked at the difference?
It's 0.6 mm !!!
Go and look at a ruler and see how big 1 mm is.... and this is only a difference of 0.6 mm. You'd find it almost impossible to tell by looking at it
Same for the slight increase in weight. Although any increase in weight is unwelcome, the extra 51 gm (WiFi only) or 49 gm (4G+WiFi) is actually equivalent to 4 Custard Creams biscuits, or 3 & a half Bourbon Cream biscuits (in English money).
Good: Retina display, a5x processor with quad core power, 4g in us, 5 megapixel camera
Bad: No 4g in uk, not much of an improvement to say the least
Comment: Still the best tablet on the market and always has been but their is not much new. I expected to see an entirely new thing that never occurred to any of us and would be a big surprise but it is just a slight improvement of the iPad 2
Good: Retina display
Bad: Lack of true innovation; dated camera technology, with the same resolution snapper as the iPhone 4 from 2010
Comment: I can't wait for a future iteration of the Asus Transformer Prime with Windows 8 bundled, which will surely blow such an evolutionary, not revolutionary, product squarely out of the water.
Good: New Hi Res Screen
Bad: No 4G in Europe
Comment: I decided to cancel my order of a iPad 4G after hearing it only works on the LTE networks in North America. Why market a product as 4G when it won't work on LTE in the whole of Europe. I really wanted this ipad as I have never had one before. I am hoping Apple will alter the frequency for European ipads in the future when people start complaining.
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