Reading the reviews, such as this one, makes me curious about the folks who have commented that the new version is underwhelming, or words to that effect. Are they responding to the similar form factor, simplistically thinking that a major upgrade should look significantly different from across the room? Or are some just prone to be negative, whether it be about the iPad or anything else?http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304459804577281472610072322.html
Apple's iPad could be described as a personal display through which you see and manipulate text, graphics, photos and videos often delivered via the Internet. So, how has the company chosen to improve its wildly popular tablet? By making that display dramatically better and making the delivery of content dramatically faster.
Apple's latest iPad could be described as like getting a new eyeglasses prescription, WSJ's Walt Mossberg says. Its dramatically better display and faster content delivery make you suddenly realize what you've been missing.
There are other changes in the new, third-generation iPad—called simply "iPad," with no number, which goes on sale on Friday at the same base price as its predecessor, $499. But the key upgrades are to those core features—the 9.7-inch screen and the data speed over cellular networks. These upgrades are massive. Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription—you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn't nearly as sharp as it could be.
It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device.
If you already own an iPad 2, and like it, you shouldn't feel like you have to rush out to buy the new one. However, for those who use their iPads as their main e-readers, and those who use it frequently while away from Wi-Fi coverage, this new model could make a big difference.
The optional, extra-cost, 4G LTE cellular-data capability made it feel like I was always on a fast Wi-Fi connection. I loved the photos and videos I took with the greatly improved rear camera. And the battery life degraded by just 11 minutes, a figure that is still much better than on any tablet I've tested.