After Apple’s event ended on March 7, I wondered, “Did Apple just pull another iPhone 4S?” Well, kind of, but that’s really not such a bad thing. Yes, the design is largely the same, save for a slight increase in thickness. But there are additions here that hugely improve upon what is already an amazing product, namely the screen. And my, how beautiful it is. When the new iPad was first introduced, I honestly didn’t see what the fuss was about. Apple hawked numbers, comparisons and demonstrations, but seeing the new iPad’s Retina display remotely was nothing to get excited about. Then I saw it in person, and it truly is stunning.
That said, I never felt like the iPad 2’s resolution was lacking and have always been pleased with how text, games and videos looked. But like I said in my unboxing, “Seeing is believing,” especially when the two tablets are placed side-by-side. But that’s not the only new addition. Apple also included an upgraded A5X processor with quad-core graphics, a 5-megapixel camera and, my personal favorite, LTE.
Do these improved specs make it a worthy upgrade for iPad 2 owners? It depends. The new iPad isn’t a revolutionary leap in performance, though there is an improvement, and it still offers the same incredible tablet experience. But the bar has been raised, no doubt, and, if you are looking to get into the tablet market, Apple’s latest iPad is still the top choice.
Check out the video for a full comparison between the new iPad and the iPad 2, and stay tuned for a full iPad 3 review.