First New iPad Reviews Out, Outstanding Feedback

Since the new iPad is has already been released in several places, many sites have gotten their hands on the device a day early. As a result, there’s quite a few reviews available for us to drool over while we wait for our deliveries or to go stand in line tomorrow morning, and so far, the iPad is getting glowing feedback.

Sure, the new iPad essentially looks exactly like the iPad 2, but inside? It’s completely different, and entirely amazing. It may be lacking the quad-core processor that we wanted, but that Retina Display? It’s better than we could have imagined.

According to Joshua Topolsky at The Verge, the new iPad “isn’t playing around.” The display, the reviewer writes, “is outrageous. It’s stunning. It’s incredible. I’m not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at.” The Verge also marveled at the battery and the performance, calling the iPad “stable, reliable, speedy, and long-lived.”

Topolsky recommends not to hesitate if you’re upgrading from the original iPad or an Android device, because the new iPad is “the most functional, easy-to-use and beautiful tablet that any company has ever produced.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg says “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.” He goes on to extoll the virtues of the screen, which is clearly what has caught the attention of most reviewers. “It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device.”

He doesn’t recommend rushing out to buy one if you have an iPad 2, unless you use the iPad as an e-reader, because the crisper display makes quite a difference when reading text. Mossberg finishes up by saying, “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.”

The iPad 2 vs. The New iPad, Courtesy of The Verge

David Pogue of The New York Times wasn’t quite as enchanted with the new iPad as other reviewers were, and after spending several paragraphs criticizing the iPad’s name, he goes on to say that “Its technical improvements keep it at the forefront of desireability – just ahead of the snapping jaws of its Android competition – but don’t take it in any new directions.”

“The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets. 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.”

The USA Today’s review from Ed Baig was a bit more rosy, and like all the others, he loves the screen, calling it “A screen to die for.” Like Mossberg, he says, “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.”

While all of the reviews did mention the iPads other virtues, they focused almost entirely on the iPad’s screen, which is clearly the overwhelming feature in the release. The camera is okay, the 4G LTE is speedy, and the performance is excellent, but that Retina Display is what makes the new iPad incredible.

I don’t know about you, but reading snippets from all of these reviews has made me really excited for tomorrow. I pre-ordered an iPad and it’s set to arrive at some point during the day. I just can’t wait to see that amazing screen for myself.

I think all of these reviews probably would have convinced me to go ahead and buy a new iPad if I hadn’t already planned on it. If you decided against getting the third generation iPad, are you having second thoughts?

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  • Damon Aldora

    I had second thoughts about getting the new iPad, but as soon as I went into the store and tried one out, I quickly realized that it was time to upgrade from my first generation iPad. I bought a white 16GB version with LTE, and after throwing a few downloads at it, I knew I was hooked. Apps were almost instantly added to my tablet. I liked watching TV on my old iPad while I was in the library and on lunch at DISH were I work, so I wanted to see how streaming would look on my new one. I downloaded the DISH Remote Access app, signed in, and started streaming live TV as if I was at home. The best thing about it was how beautiful the picture was. The Retina Display sold me. I wonder what new things Apple is going to put into the next iPad…