For anyone looking to buy an Apple tablet who doesn’t already own one, The Post’s Joshua Topolsky said, this is a no-brainer.
“[If] you’re in the market for your first tablet, or upgrading from the original iPad or an Android device, do not hesitate. The new iPad is the most functional, easy-to-use and beautiful tablet that any company has ever produced,” he said. Upgrading from the iPad 2? If you are okay with your screen, network speed and cameras, there’s no reason to rush out right now, he said.
But, says TechCrunch’s MG Siegler, “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.”
Some reviewers have taken apart the iPad to take a closer look at the gadget’s insides
Luke Soules, the co-founder of the repair manual Web site iFixit, flew all the way to Australia to be one of the world’s first people to buy the new iPad. The site iFixit is known for its penchant for pulling apart devices, meaning that Soules promptly started to tear into the tablet in order to post pictures of a live teardown on his site.
According to a report from the Herald Sun, the midnight turnout was “modest.” Soules told the newspaper that he was surprised that the lines were longer for the iPad launch.
“I waited 12 hours for the iPhone 4S and I was only 17th in the queue,” he said.
The teardown on iFixit revealed that the new iPad seems to have Samsung screen and found that the new battery has seen a significant upgrade.
“While the iPad 2 housed a formidable 25 watt-hour Li-ion battery, the iPad 3 has upped the ante to the tune of 42.5 watt-hours,” the blog said, speculating that the extra power will go to powering the iPad’s extra RAM and improved graphics processor.
Even though the new iPad has only been out for a few days there are already a number of complaints about features or lack thereof:
No Siri: Many people were expecting Siri on the iPad, so while the voice dictation feature that has been added to the tablet is quite good, users are lamenting that they can’t tell their iPad to schedule appointments, conduct Web searches and note reminders for them.
Storage: The HD display on the new tablet is great, but has also required a boost in the sizes of some apps. Just note before buying that you may not be able to carry quite as many apps as you have in the past.
International users: International users have been complaining that they can’t use their iPads on “4G” networks. The Australian reported that some carriers in Australia, for example, have done away with advertising the 4G features of the iPad altogether, since the airwaves approved for 4G in the U.S. and other countries aren’t the same.