Updated March 19, 2012: For days I’ve been reading rave reviews of the new 3rd Gen iPad. Each early reviewer had his own unique observations, but generally the love was directed where you would expect: the Retina display, battery life, graphics performance, LTE, and overall Apple-ness. From the moment it was announced – and actually even before – I never doubted I would love the new iPad even more than I did the first generation or the iPad 2.
And I do greatly appreciate the important new features. But after spending a few days with Apple’s second tablet revision, love is not the first word I’d use to describe my feeling. In fact, I’m a little disappointed. Not that the iPad 3 isn’t great – it absolutely is - or that it’s improvements aren’t important – they are – but in taking their tablet to the next level, Apple has also sacrificed some of what made the device feel like the “magical” slab of glass it’s been since the first model was introduced two years ago.
Is the gain worth the give?
An understanding of the new iPad’s hardware begins and ends with its screen, the Retina display. This 2048×1536 264PPI IPS touchscreen is the star at the center of the iPad 3 system, around which all revolves.