The New iPad: Meta Hands-On

By Sam Biddle on at

The eager, sweaty fists of the tech world are getting their first chance to grasp the new iPad (no more numbers!). And they hate it! Just kidding, they love it. Here's what everyone is saying:



Digs the new display:

Surfing, already a joy on an Apple tablet aside from the lack of flash, is lovely on the new iPad; the increased resolution means that text is sharper and the need to zoom in and out is lessened.


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Thinks it feels about the same, but:

Just as when we first saw the iPhone 4 display, the New iPad's 2048 x 1536 screen is stunning to behold. Simply put, there's no other product like it on the market...Performance seemed snappy.



Also loves the new display:

Apple has managed to produce something that's truly beautiful to look at, and while we've yet to see the full potential of having this many pixels on a 9.7-inch slate, we're guessing a cadre of game developers are already hard at work in order to remedy that. Beyond being dazzling from a density standpoint, colors are sharp and accurate, and viewing angles are predictably ridiculous; even taking a peek from an extreme side angle gives way to a fairly solid image with next to no washout...zipping through home panes doesn't feel dramatically faster.



Also thinks the nice display is nice:

The pixels in the 2048 x 1536 display are, at regular arm's length, completely indistinguishable: it's only when you get up close that you can make them out...Viewing angles are huge, too, certainly on a par with what we've seen from Super AMOLED panels in recent months...Performance from the A5X dual-core processor – with its quadcore GPU – is swift, with apps loading and multitasking flipping through with zero lag. That's pretty much what we're used to from the A5, admittedly.



Sounds aroused!

The main takeaway from all this is that the screen is as "luscious" as they say while the device is noticeably faster again that the iPad 2...So the screen really is crisp, the iPad (3rd generation) fast, and the experience as lovely as always.



Thinks it's worth the upgrade:

The new iPad looks and feels almost identical to the Apple iPad 2 at first glance, but it brings a fair bit more to the table, not least the impressive Retina display with that massive screen resolution. On first impression, the new iPad certainly offers enough compelling new features for you to consider an upgrade from the iPad 2.