The New iPad (or iPad 3 if you insist) from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been in reviewers' hands for a few days. Now they're allowed to publish their reviews; the embargo's expired. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers tread the thin line between love and hate.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Fun with words...
Jason Snell reports:
Maintaining Apples lead in tablet devices is the job of the third-generation iPad. ... [It's] not a re-thinking of the original concept...an approach that can frustrate people who are disappointed by anything thats not a quantum leap. ... Its actually slightly thicker and slightly heavier...in many cases users wont perceive it to be faster.
But the changes Apple has wrought...[are] about making it better. And on nearly every front, [it's] markedly better. ... Far and away the most important feature [is its] 9.7-inch screen...[with] a total of four times the pixels...similar to going from an early iPhone to an iPhone 4...a big leap in quality.
...Users of the iPad 2 shouldn't fret: [It's] certainly good for another year.
Walt "shutup" Mossberg adds:
[It] goes on sale on Friday at the same base price as its predecessor...[with] key upgrades [to] the 9.7-inch screen and the data speed over cellular networks. ... Apple has managed to crank them up them while maintaining the long battery life...that has helped give the iPad such an edge.
It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device. ... I can recommend the new iPad to consumers as their best choice in a general-purpose tablet [except] people who prefer a smaller size...or those who find the weight a burden.
...One thing Apple hasnt fixed: like all glossy...displays, this one still does poorly in direct sunlight.
John Gruber can also be relied upon to toe the party line:
RAM has been doubled once again...to 1 GB. But thats just an implementation detail.
Reading on the big retina display is pure joy...text looks impossibly good and what you thought looked pretty good before...now looks blurry. ... Photographs look amazingly good...amazingly true-to-life.
...In downtown San Francisco I saw remarkable performance on LTE. ... Even better, after dicking around on the web and email for close to two hours...battery life was still measuring at over 80 percent. ... Whats not to love?
But Dieter Bohn notes a key missing feature:
FaceTime video chat still won't work...on the 4G [LTE] network...attempting to initiate a FaceTime call...fails out with a message exhorting you to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
...When Steve Jobs introduced FaceTime...in 2010, he said that "FaceTime's going to be Wi-Fi only in 2010. We need to work...with the cellular providers...so we're Wi-Fi only in 2010." ... Apple had no comment on FaceTime over LTE when we asked.
And Nicolas Charbonnier ponders our naked overlord:
[It] uses nearly 2x more power than iPad2...it's thicker, heavier, has no new design features at all.
...The latest Android tablets have 1920x1200 resolutions on 10.1" which is not far from the DPI of iPad3.
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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch, for which he has won ASBPE and Neal awards. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.