On friday morning I joined the queue for the new iPad.
I have owned both the iPad and the iPad2 and have seen the evolution of what Apple has achieved, develop over the last 2 years to now the “new iPad”.
We need to remember that the tablet is not an original device , with Microsoft releasing tablet software for devices in 2001 but Apple have been responsible for putting into the mainstream of consumer products.
Apple’s new iPad is the standard on which all the other tablets will be compared to.
Apple have taken a great device , added some tweaks and a high retina screen and made it even better.
Are their radical changes , no , but there was no need to as the iPad2 was already a great device and the leader in tablets in the market place.
They have just made it even better.
The screen, which is high retina ( more pixels than on a high def televison) is magnificent to look at.
Great color , great definition.
It is the best display I have seen , bright , clear and puts others to shame and sets the benchmark for displays.
After spending some time with the new ipad , you will not look at a computer screen the same way.
The high retina screen means the apps which take advantage of this will take up more hard drive space so the 32GB iPad is probably the sweet spot for a trade off between space and price.
Effective use of the cloud is imperative to the iPad as you don’t need to have everything on the iPad but you do need access.
So how does it compare to other tablets on the market?
I also have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and while it a reasonable device ( the subject of another post to come ) the new iPad is far and way a much better device ( sorry Android users).
The new iPad is quicker than the iPad 2 , the graphics speed has improved so gaming is even better than before and is an ideal gaming device, Sony Playstation Vita potential buyers , take note.
The iPad has always been about the apps and after upgrading you will find many apps need to be updated as they take advantage of the high retina screen.
Photos are magnificent on the new iPad and with the new iPhoto app , editing photos on the iPad can be done with ease.
I have always considered the iPad to be primarily a content consumption device and a limited content creation device.
This is starting to evolve now with increased content creation , not quiet there yet with office documents on the word processing front but with apps such as:
- Garageband – audio
- iMovie – movie editing
- iPhoto – photo management and editing
it is quickly changing.
The new iPad is the tablet that all other tablets will be judged by which is great for competition and great for innovation.