It’s been a long weekend since friday afternoon when I un-boxed my new iPad. After working, running a bunch of errands, getting the new iPad synced and then finally sitting down to play with it, I realized on Friday night that I was exhausted. I ended up going to bed too early to really enjoy it. Saturday proved equally busy. Never go to the DMV on a foggy Saturday morning, the foreboding warning didn’t deter me from my tasks but it should have.
So I finally got a chance to enjoy the new iPad on saturday afternoon. And Wow. I honestly didn’t think I would be THIS impressed. I mean, I knew that upgrading from First gen to third would yeild a wow factor, but this is just so… I mean the screen alone has ruined me for all other resolutions. Even my 120 MHz TV isn’t as clear as this. The colors are clearer. Here, look, see for yourself:
Take a look at the home page, Netflix, amazon and iBooks as well as something from my photo gallery. The clarity is so… Clear.
Another bonus is the dictation tool that now allows you to dictate from native aps like WordPress and Elements. I still recommend a headset in order to get the best out of your dictation, but I am using it to type some of this post. It’s much more accurate than the Dragon app.
The newest features are of course the camera related ones. FaceTime, and Photo booth. Both of which I still need some time to try out.
Is it worth an upgrade? From first gen to third, yes. I think it is. From iPad 2? I’m not quite convinced yet. iPad 2 is thinner, and I have been reading about some heat issues with the new iPad. I bought a $25 case from Best Buy yesterday and I haven’t noticed any heat issues. But I do know that the new iPad fits into my first gen case. So it is thicker than the iPad 2.
The battery life is also very cool. I haven’t charged it at all since Friday and it’s still holding at 40%. I haven’t really watched any movies on it but I have been using Pandora and Stitcher, as well as Flipboard and trying out Zite.
While I’m not sure I will be taking photos with the new iPad, I am impressed by the resolution of the camera. I will keep playing with it and working with it and I’m sure I will find some more little things that I love about.
For me, it was a good upgrade choice.