I'm in the processing of setting mine up so I can't tell you much yet, but I can say this: while I know the new iPad is a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, I'm coming to it from the iPad 1 so for me it seems much lighter and thinner.
The initial setup screen was MUCH dimmer out of the box, but this may be because I put it in my old original Apple cover (remember those) for the iPad 1 (it fits okay, not perfect), which may be messing with the light sensor. I'll adjust the brightness once I'm done restoring from my iPad 1 backup, and I'll post some thoughts (I'm keen to load a couple of short 720p video files I have lying around to test out that function as well, will download a 1080p sample too if I can find a good one).
I agree with the size/weight. I'm also coming from an original iPad and the difference is significant. I'm sure it helps that I've moved from a Dodo case to a Smart cover as well. A lot less bulk!
iPhone 4 32 GB (me) iPhone 4 16 GB (wife)
iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 64 GB
Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz 4 GB Ram - Macbook 2.2 GHz 4 GB Ram
iPod Touch 2G 32 GB, several iPods from different generations
Apple TV 40GB x2
I went to the Waterloo store and loaded up ehmac on an iPad 2 and iPad3 side-by-side and there's a huge difference in the text! SO much clearer, and the ipad 2 is very easy to read. That was the thing that made me actually pick one up. Plenty of stock at the Waterloo store around noon.
I use my ipad2 primarily for surfing so the improved text rendering I'm sure is going to keep me happy. I seem to downgrade the memory each time though. My ipad is 64G, my ipad2 is 32G and this new one is only 16G...
I haven't noticed the extra weight.
The screen is awesome.. I've loaded some pictures and I can say that I have a really crappy camera haha
The only minor beef I have is I have to re-enter all my passwords again after a restore. not major, but.. I can't remember half of them!
The new iPad is amazing. When I first powered up the display I was wowed at its clarity. It almost feels like I could reach my hand into the screen it's so vivid and life like. The text from sites is so crisp and easy to read. Photos have exceptional depth and detail. The Retina Display alone is worth upgrading from an iPad 2 in my opinion!
Everything also runs very smooth. Not much different from the processing power of the iPad 2, but there is a slight increase in responsiveness. And the weight difference between this device and the previous gen is negligible.
The camera is pretty solid, though I wish the front facing camera had gotten a spec bump. But I don't really use the iPad for that reason much anyway! And the dictation is pretty smooth and quite a nice feature. Overall I'm quite pleased with my newest iPad purchase
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This is my first iPad and so far I'm finding it awesome! Retina is very clean and easy to read. Would like to compare to an iPad 2. Running some of my bigger apps is very smooth. I used to have an iPhone so I had a lot of apps in iTunes and I copied them onto the iPad. They run a lot faster than my iPhone ran them thats for sure. Works really well with my ZaGGfolio bluetooth case and keyboard! Surprised that my laptop (new Tecra M11) can't charge the battery on this thing.
Most laptops don't charge them.. You need USB 3 if I recall correctly..I have a griffin powerdock dual which charges my iPad and iPhone at the same time
Originally Posted by ehMax
Someone posting screenshot for Telus LTE from downtown Toronto:
I gotta say, seeing the speedtest images is really making me mad.. 5-6 times faster than my HOME HIGHSPEED NETWORK... That just isn't right, and is making me consider calling my ISP to figure out why a home network is 5 times slower than a cellular data network
My first iPad....couldn't be bothered with the earlier versions - wasn't interested in the first because of the limitation on flash (some of the websites I stream from didn't support it eg. Motogp.com). 2nd gen didn't tempt me because the screen was a step down from the iphone 4, which is gorgeous.
This did the trick....wow....going back to my "old" Macbook (2006?) is like using an old vintage computer or something.....the screen is absolutely stunning. Tempted to try the LTE......but not sure I want to shell out the cash....yet!