So if you haven’t heard, the new iPads were released today and of course folks lined up early in the morning to be the first to get one. I stopped by my favorite Best Buy store after work and they had plenty left. Got a chance to play around with one for while (surprisingly, I did not have to wait around because no one was using them).
My initial impressions? As many of the reviews have indicated, the retina display is beautiful, but (you knew there was going to be a ‘but’) unless you do a lot of video and photo viewing it’s not a biggie in my opinion. The screen quality of the iPad 2 is more than capable to meet the needs of most users. The speed felt about the same as the iPad 2. I do admit that I was impressed by the quality of the rear-facing camera. The pictures I took were gorgeous (the retina display helps too of course). That said, I can see where the 16GB model will not be enough storage for most people because of the file sizes necessary for the new display.
In a nutshell, it is nice, but there is nothing innovative about it that warrants the frenzied demand of the previous two iPads. If you had a 1st generation iPad and have the money, it is a worthwhile upgrade. If you have an iPad 2, I would not bother. It’s like buying a new car each year because they change the rims. If you don’t have an iPad and have been waiting to get your hands on one, you won’t be disappointed.