The New iPad

With the arrival of the new iPad, or iPad 3 as some call it, a lot of people have asked me what I think.  I currently have an iPad 2 and am some what disappointed that Apple hasn’t given me a good reason to want it.  Don’t get me wrong, if you are looking to purchase your first iPad it might be the way to go.  So let’s look at some of the features you get in the new iPad.

The biggest selling point is the new resolution, it uses a retina display that makes the graphics look even crisper.  The new iPad also has a 5MP iSight camer, giving you even better photos.  More information on these new features can be found at http://www.apple.com/ipad/.

Sadly these new features are just not enough for me.  As an iPad 2 owner a better resolution and a better camera are not enough to make me ditch my iPad 2 and run out to the store to get the new iPad.  One of the biggest things that disappointed me with the new iPad is that they did not include the new Siri voice interface that came with the iPhone 4s.  On top of that the new iPad is even a little heavier than the iPad 2, weighing in at 1.43 pounds vs the iPad 2’s weight of 1.32 pounds.  It doesn’t seem like much, but when you are holding an ebook in your hand for a few hours, you may feel it.

The biggest shock I have read is there is a heat issue with the new iPad.  People noticed when using their new iPads that they would get warm in the lower corner by the home button.  Turns out that after a while the new iPad heats up, some people reported temperatures of 117 degrees.  A little too warm for kids to hold maybe?  This is very disappointing to me as the iPad 2 doesn’t seem to have this problem at all.

If the heat issue is a deal breaker for you, or if you are not impressed with the new features like I was you can still get an iPad 2.  The benefit of the new iPad is that Apple lowered the cost of the iPad 2 by $100.  That is a decent savings in my opinion.  At this point if I needed to replace my iPad 2, I may just save myself the $100 and get another one.  As I said earlier the new iPad hasn’t given me a good reason to get one, and some of the things I have heard from consumers makes me want to steer clear of this release.