iPad 3rd Generation Reviews Surface, Lots of Retina Love

As usual, many journalists have just published their reviews the new iPad right before the launch. In hopes to either slant customers towards buying a new iPad or keep them with their old one, they have all attempted to tell what the best and worst points of the new iPad are. Firstly, almost all of them love the Retina display, some saying that it’s better than the one used for the iPhone 4/4S.

Other features have also won much praise, including the new LTE capability that Apple has added to the device. While most may think that this will decrease the battery life, it has actually remained the same, according to the reviews. Check after the break for a roundup of the most notable reviews of Apple’s latest tablet…

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop:

For me, the real benefit comes with the clarity of text. I know that may sound strange, but I use the iPad to read quite a bit of text everyday. Crispness of the text matters to me.

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So, what did I like about the iPad? Simple — the experience. Nobody in the market today can touch the Apple experience.

Joshua Topolsky of The Verge:

Let’s be clear: the new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad’s market position as the dominant player and product to beat.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball:

Pixels pixels pixels. Battery battery battery. Speed speed speed.

That’s the new iPad, a.k.a. (for comparison’s sake) the iPad 3. The retina display, significantly faster graphics, and the potential for startlingly fast cellular networking — all with the same renowned battery life (and standby time) as the original iPad and iPad 2.

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The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What’s not to love? It’s that simple.

Walt Mossberg of AllThingsD:

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.

David Progue of The New York Times:

The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets. There’s no Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment here; Apple just took its white-hot iPad and added the latest screen, battery and cellular technologies.

Jason Snell of Macworld:

The new iPad is just that: The iPad, updated for a new year and millions of new iPad users. It’s not smaller or lighter, but it’s got a remarkable screen, a much better rear camera, and support for cellular networking that can run at Wi-Fi speeds. It’s the iPad that millions of people have embraced, only one year better.

Users of the iPad 2 shouldn’t fret: Their iPad investment is certainly good for another year. But they might not want to look too closely at the new iPad’s screen. Once you get a load of that Retina display, it’s hard to go back to anything else.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch:

Once you see and use the new iPad, there will be no going back.

If you have the original iPad, I say this is a no-brainer. If you have an iPad 2, it’s a tougher call since it still seems nearly as fast as the new iPad. But if you choose not to upgrade (or to spend $399 for the 16 GB iPad 2 now), again, treat the new iPad as if it were Medusa when you’re in an Apple Store. Do. Not. Look. At. It.

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