Reviews of new iPad from across the Internet

The first reviews of the new iPad are in and have been published online. In order to give you an early idea of user experience of the device — which notably includes a retina display – and help assess whether it is worth your money, we’ve combed the Web to serve up a complete picture of what’s been said about the new iPad so far.


To summarise in brief, all of the reviewers are very impressed by the retina display, while the new and improved cameras and surprisingly long-lasting battery life is noted too. LTE is noted as an important addition as it allows far greater performance on the go, but the 4G mobile broadband technology is only available in some countries, such as the US, right now.

Most reviewers believe that the new iPad will take Apple even further ahead of the competition in the tablet space but there is a question mark over whether the changes are enough to tempt existing iPad 2 owners to buy the new device.

Here then, are the views, opinions and takeaways of 12 reviewers who’ve trialed and tested the new iPad in advance of it going on sale on Friday.

Loop: “Like the first time you watched HTDV”

Loop Insight’s Jim Dalrymple is bowled over by the device’s retina display, here’s what he says about it:

The Retina display will make you do a double-take the first time you see it….The only thing I can think of that comes close is comparing it to the first time you ever saw an HDTV. Remember how startling it was to go from one of those giant standard definition projector TVs to an HDTV? That’s what this is like.

New York Times: “Nothing we’ve never seen before”

The device gets praise from David Pogue in the New York Times but he says that, while it is improved, it doesn’t merit an upgrade from the iPad 2:

The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets. There’s no Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment here; Apple just took its white-hot iPad and added the latest screen, battery and cellular technologies.

If you’re in the market for a tablet, here’s the bright side: For the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that’s still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals.

And if you already have the iPad 2, here’s an even brighter side: At least this time around, you don’t have to feel quite as obsolete as usual.

The Verge: “Other devices looks pedestrian”

Joshua Topolsky of The Verge is also impressed by the retina display, which he believes has put Apple even further ahead of it competition in the tablet space:

The iPad’s display, however, makes all other device displays look pedestrian by comparison. And if you’re an original iPad or iPad 2 owner… unless you want to upgrade, just avoid looking at this screen.

Yes, this display is outrageous. It’s stunning. It’s incredible. I’m not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you hold this in your hands, or maybe it’s the technology that Apple is utilizing, or maybe it’s the responsiveness of iOS — but there’s something almost bizarre about how good this screen is. After the launch event, I described the screen as “surreal,” and I still think that’s a pretty good fit.

The Telegraph: “Text and photos look beautiful”

The screen is also the key feature for the device for The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond, who compares the third-generation iPad to the iPad 2, its predecessor, noting that the difference is significant:

It’s hard to overstate the significance of the new screen. Apple has packed four times as many pixels into the same space and the improvement has to be seen to be believed. The display is extraordinarily sharp. Text and photos look beautiful.

Put the new iPad side-by-side with the iPad 2 and the differences are amazing. The iPad 2 suddenly looks so blurry. How have I never noticed that before? It’s possible to see details on the new iPad that were just indistinct smears on the iPad 2. App icons are sharper and you can even read some of the tiny magazine covers on the Newsstand icon.

Slashgear: “The epitome of the Post-PC world”

Slashgear has an indepth review of the new tablet and, in the conclusion, Vincent Nguyen explains that the device would get the approval of late former Apple CEO Steve Jobs as it is “the epitome of the Post-PC world”:

Steve Jobs would have approved of the new iPad. With its focus on the holistic experience rather than individual boasts around its constituent parts, it’s the epitome of the Post-PC world the Apple founder envisaged. No lag or delay; no frustrating cloud settings or arcane minimum software requirements. Simply pick up, swipe, and you’re immersed in a joined-up ecosystem. Apple doesn’t need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king.

AllThingsD: “The most spectacular display in a mobile device”

AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg praises the new iPad for packing in more feature without affecting batter life. On the screen, Mossberg calls it “spectacular”:

It has the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device. The company squeezed four times the pixels into the same physical space as on the iPad 2 and claims the new iPad’s screen has a million more pixels than an HDTV. All I know is that text is much sharper, and photos look richer.

If you already own an iPad 2, and like it, you shouldn’t feel like you have to rush out to buy the new one. However, for those who use their iPads as their main e-readers, and those who use it frequently while away from Wi-Fi coverage, this new model could make a big difference.

Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown.

Daring Fireball: “What’s not to love?”

In his iPad review at Daring Fireball, John Gruber explains that with its increased RAM and camera improvements, the new device is what he had asked for when he first got his hands on the iPad 2.

On the retina display and overall summary, he says:

Reading on the big retina display is pure joy. Going back to the iPad 2 after reading for a few hours on the iPad 3 is jarring. With bigger pixels, anti-aliased text looks blurry; with smaller pixels, anti-aliased text looks good; but with really small pixels like these, anti-aliased text looks impossibly good — and what you thought looked pretty good before (like text rendered on older iPads) now looks blurry.

The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What’s not to love? It’s that simple.

Macworld: “Impressive” LTE speeds

Macworld’s review of the new iPad is thorough, as you’d expect. Focusing on LTE, Jason Snell is impressed by the speeds he saw using LTE on the device:

My experience with AT&T’s LTE network in San Francisco was impressive. While riding through the city, I was able to get speeds that were roughly as fast as my office Wi-Fi. When I turned off LTE (there’s an “Enable LTE” option in the Cellular Data section of Settings), the iPad fell back to AT&T’s “4G” HSPA+ network, and speeds dropped precipitously.

Like other reviewers, though impressed by the device he says that iPad 2 owners “shouldn’t fret” about an upgrade:

Users of the iPad 2 shouldn’t fret: Their iPad investment is certainly good for another year. But they might not want to look too closely at the new iPad’s screen. Once you get a load of that Retina display, it’s hard to go back to anything else.

With the device going on sale this Friday, you’ll soon have the chance to give it your own hands-on review, if you’re one of the first buyers that is. But in the meantime, we’re interested to hear your thoughts based on what you’ve heard and seen so far.

Written by Jon Russell

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