I walked into Yorkdale on Saturday at around noon. There were approximately 2 people in line so getting a 32GB Wi-Fi model was a piece of cake. This is my first iPad and I love the experience so far.
Setup was the simplest I've ever encountered on an Apple product.
The screen is quite incredible as everyone has already pointed out. I'm finding that I'm fairly comfortable typing in landscape - might be practice from the iPhone. There are a few little keyboard quirks that I'll have to get over but I doubt that will take long.
The camera is very good with decent lighting. A few low light pictures I took were grainy. I was actually more impressed with video in low light. Seemed to stabilize very well. Will I use the iPad as a video camera? Not often but it is nice to have just in case.
As far as apps go, iPhoto is definitely worth the $5. I'm excited to use the iCloud Journal feature to send photos to my family. It looks very slick. I've also downloaded Pages - I'll never need a laptop again. I'm a video guy and I've always preferred editing in one place. I also write on the side and I'm glad I'll never need a physical keyboard for that again. I'm surprised to see all the free content from cable provider apps. No need for cable as I can just pair it with the new AppleTV.
What would I like to see in the next iPad or update?
Siri - I find The dictation very good but would love more options for voice
Revamped Mail app - just not a big fan of the layout
Better front-facing camera - impossible to get a good Facebook profile pic
Overall, I love my new iPad. My wife has an iPad 2 but I rarely had the chance to use it. I was always relegated to my own folder with a handful of sub-par apps. If you've been on the fence about getting a tablet, now would be the time.
Had a look at the new iPad today. There's no denying that the retina display and the rear-facing camera are major improvements. But frankly I don't see enough advantages to justify the expense of upgrading from my iPad2. My two big concerns are the longer recharge time and the noticeable difference in the amount of heat the device generates even after just a few minutes of use. I think I will sit this one out and wait for the next round of refinements.
The heat not really an issue my iPhone 4 heats up with using some apps, nothing to be concerned about. I don't have heat issues while using Numbers for a couple of hours. The battery is awesome, how long this thing runs on a single charge is great.
This is my first iPad and I did not know the following:
No weather app. Huh? No problem can use the Weather Network app.
No Stocks app. Huh? No problem I use Bloomberg
No Calculator app. OK what is going on here? Why the difference between iPhone and iPad. No problem I can use free one I guess.
No Voice Memo app. Hey why not for those who want it.
Why is the Apple Store app not ported for iPad, why do I have to use the zoom feature on one of Apple's own apps.
Why such a difference between App Stores for the iPhone and iPad. iPhone has Top Paid, Top Free, Release Date where iPad only has Featured and Release Date which you then can sort by Most popular, but where is the Free category?
Why does the App Store for iPad not show my credit balance like it does for the iPhone?
And why no dictation for those who have the iPad 2? Makes no sense and is silly to not include it for those who have it.
The new iPad is what I have wished for since the 1st iPad.
Exactly how I feel.
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I fell in love with my original iPad for many reasons, but I used it most frequently for reading books. On it's own, it's a superb little machine - but in contrast to the new iPad... no comparison.
Text is so crisp, so sharp, so clear - and the colors seem to "pop", it's a real joy to use. And going back to the original iPad, it now looks blurry!?! Weird. But totally awesome. Best Apple upgrade I've made in quite a while.
Do an SSD mod... you'll love it!
I finally managed to spend some time editing my own home movies.
I edited a moose hunt from 2010 - added voice narration to some condensed clips, little bit of music to fill in the quiet as I didn't have an external microphone for my headcam at the time.
Edited in FCX , output a h.264 using Compressor and my CompressHD card. The file was set for the AppleTV 3, but it can be used on the new iPad. It looks fantastic on both. Very happy! Used a bitrate between 5 and 9.9 (I'm still not sure what the max bitrate is). The file size is 3.76 GBs for a 45 min movie. I might play with reducing the bitrate slightly, but I'm very happy with the quality and being able to use 1 file for both devices!!!!
The sound on this iPad is great too. Much improved over the 1st gen I was using.
Can't wait to finish our home videos as my Panny HD camcorder is better than the HD headcam (a Drift Innovations model).
I couldn't be happier with this new device. I have all previous models, and I did use iPad 2 extensively for reading (+10 hours/week). I find the new iPad does not strain my eyes as quickly because the sharpness of the screen (text) is beyond what I have ever seen on a tablet. Also, LTE is pretty fast but carriers are not doing a good job with those expensive data plans. Hopefully they will have better plans that you can share with the new iPhone coming in the next few months (hopefully). Battery life is ok so far. I don't have anything to complain about. Lastly, the weight is not noticeable even though I had a WI-FI only and now I got a LTE. Either way, solid device.
This is my first iPad, and after becoming aware of the increased storage demands of updated graphics, I opted for the 64Gb wifi model. Although it has a tiny bit more heft than I would like, I know the the huge battery is needed to drive the Retina display, beefed up backlight & (available) power hungry LTE radio.
The new display is gorgeous and exactly what I need to take my reading on the go. My iPhone 4s, which was my go to mobile device, looks highly cramped & puny by comparison. My only possible regret is not having a GPS chip for mobile maps & nav that the LTE version has.p
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