Finally received my new iPad, upgrading from the iPad 2. She’s pretty and white (originally ordered lack again but I had to “settle”). Is it worth upgrading from the iPad 2? Not for most people. That’s the plain and simple truth. It was a luxury I could afford because I found a buyer for my iPad2, I wanted to keep my iPad current in case of any interesting features coming to iOS 6 and to upgrade to a 32gb model. I’m still on wi-fi as I don’t really need 3G on the device.
My biggest complaint is that it is heavier than the iPad 2. That’s my only real gripe.. there are one or two apps that seem to be a bit unstable on the New iPad but otherwise it’s an iPad and it is pretty much the best electronic device I’ve ever used. The biggest selling feature touted by Apple is the screen. And have no doubt, it is impressive. However the change is not as drastically visible as between say an iPhone 3 and iPhone 4. That has a lot to do with the iPad 2 screen being pretty good to begin with. The more I use the device the more appreciative I am of the screen especially when reading text as for images and video, that depends a lot on the original’s quality as well as apps being optimised for the so called Retina display. Holding the device close to your eyes, it’s very difficult to make out the individual pixels that make up the screen, and going back to my 27″ iMac, makes the difference noticeable and makes me excited about the prospect of “retina” displays on desktops and laptops.
The camera is much better too, definitely a good selling point and probably will lead to more people holding their ipad up in streets to frame a scene. The video produced is of excellent quality too, reaching HD quality. Obviously, the results suffer from low light conditions, lack of flash producing overly grainy results and are not a match for the iPhone 4s. Still pretty impressive results compared to the iPad2.
Performance is a mixed bag as it depends a lot on individual apps at the moment. The improved graphics pretty much eat away at any performance that this generation of iPad would have gained from the improved processor. So basically it’s as nippy or slow as the iPad 2. Browsing is great as is the whole experience, it’s well as the late Mr Jobs described the original iPad – Magical!.
This flying amphibian’s buying advice is… if you already have an iPad2, unless you want to keep up with the joneses, have a load of spare change, need a second or third iPad in your household or office, are buying your first iPad then it might not be for you. Otherwise why don’t you have an iPad?