New iPad Review Round-Up

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The new iPad went on sale yesterday and the first day reviews are out.  No big shock, the reviews are mostly strongly positive.  Most are focusing on the display resolution, using every superlative under the sun to describe how it looks.

David Pogue in the New York Times – “Really, the new iPad should have been called the iPad 2S. There’s no Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment here; Apple just took its white-hot iPad and added the latest screen, battery and cellular technologies.”

Walter Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal – “Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription—you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn’t nearly as sharp as it could be. It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device. Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown.”

Jonathan Topolsky in the Washington Post – “This display is outrageous. It’s stunning. It’s incredible. For rendered text or high-resolution images, it just looks like a glowing piece of paper. In all, the new iPad is in a class by itself.”

Clayton Morris for Fox News –   “But having used the new iPad for the past week now, I can tell you it’s a giant leap for connected mankind. The new iPad is easily the best tablet I’ve ever seen

Edward C. Baig in USA Today – “Examine the new screen side-by-side with one of its near-10-inch predecessors, and you’ll swear you just had Lasik surgery. Text on Web pages or in books is so crisp and sharp that you don’t want to go back to reading on an older iPad. Movies and photographs reveal rich detail.”

Vincent Nguyen at Slashgear – “Apple doesn’t need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king.”

 Jason Snell in MacWorld – “And on nearly every front, the third-generation iPad is markedly better than its predecessor.   It’s the iPad that millions of people have embraced, only one year better.”

M.G. Siegler at TechCrunch – “Once you see and use the new iPad, there will be no going back. What we have is a 9.7-inch slab of aluminum and glass that when illuminated, becomes an absolutely stunning display of light and color. It’s the best device out there, made even better. And it’s the same price as it previously was.”

I should note that most of the above reviews state that if you already own the iPad 2 you might not need to rush to upgrade.  For me, the content I use my iPad primarily for reading books & magazines, watching videos and displaying my photos and I’m excited about the new display.  I ordered online the day this was announced, a bit too late to make the first shipment.  My order says “ships between March 16 and 23″ and the status is “preparing for shipping” so I’m hoping I’ll have it in hand before the 23rd.

Any of my readers get the new iPad yet?  If so, what are your initial thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “New iPad Review Round-Up

  1. whitedusk

    Having touched and played with my colleague’s iPad which arrived in the office early yesterday I have to agree with what the reviewers are saying with regards to the screen. And given your usage I think you will enjoy it alot.

    The biggest problem I have with it is the positioning of the rear camera. Somehow my hand will cover it when I try to take a landscape photo. But then again I don’t think I would take many photos with an iPad.

    Another problem will be the lack of Flash… somehow its very disheartening to see an interesting link before realizing the contents in the destination page are in Flash…

    1. Spike Post author

      Dude, the way I see it, Apple’s no-Flash thing has been around for years now. If a web site has Flash and doesn’t provide an alternative after so many years and so many statistics about how many people are accessing the web via iOS, it’s their own fault.

  2. whitedusk

    Indeed, website designers should be aware of the iOS limitations and have a non-flash site. But there’s still quite a number of websites that doesn’t support iOS that well. As a consumer, I would like the option of turning on Flash as and when I need it.

    Don’t you ever feel frustrated when you are searching for something on your iPhone and the site returns a white screen?

  3. Mikke

    The display is really very good. The tablet itself feels a bit heavy and gets warm in the lower half of the backside. My number one reason for upgrading is still the LTE capabilities. Within the next year, speeds and coverage of LTE will make all other technologies obsolete here in the US. I live in a bad LTE coverage spot, and am getting 25Mbps. When ATT has improved coverage and competition has forced them to up the speed, it could easily give 50Mbps or more.

  4. Geoff

    Got the iPad on Friday, no queues over here in Perth, with quite a few retailers stocking them. Strolled in at lunch time and they still had lots, got myself the 64gb 4g. The screen is awesome – pics look great on it! I don’t use many apps tha would benefit from the increased speed, tho I don’t doubt more apps will come that will require the extra grunt.

    Going from the original iPad, I haven’t tried many of the new features, but am looking forward to having a play.

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