Looking back, Apple’s decision to introduce an upgraded iPad with Lightning port wasn’t wholly unexpected. Despite the presence of the company’s previous effort, which was only on the market for eight months, it was a necessary update that needed to be made before a crucial holiday period. By including the new Lightning tech, Apple made the experience across its entire mobile lineup consistent, right on down to that diminutive iPod nano.

That’s not the only upgrade, however. The company also introduced an A6X chip that Apple promised would double the performance over the older iPad model. And by all accounts, it certainly does. Although, to be perfectly fair, the iPad 3, as it were, was no slouch by any stretch of the imagination.

If you’ve ever experienced an iPad for any amount of time, the newest one should immediately feel familiar. The screen is wonderful, the build quality is still top notch, and it’s quite fast. Of course, Apple’s enormous app ecosystem is in tact, giving users plenty of stuff to explore.

Let’s be frank: If you own an iPad 3, there’s really no reason to upgrade unless you feel compelled to own the latest Thing. This was more a strategic move that was necessary to keep Apple’s lineup consistent with its new Lightning standard. That’s not to say the device is bad, far from it. This is still a wonderful device, one that remains the archetype tablet experience in an ever-increasing market of good competition.