Should you get the new iPad?

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If you have any interest in gadgets, you’ll probably know that about ten days ago Apple released their latest iPad. No, it wasn’t called the “iPad 3.” In fact, it was simply called “The New iPad.” In spite of the potentially confusing name, millions of units were sold in just a few days. Many consider this tablet to be a game changer. According to Apple themselves, it’s “resolutionary” (if you don’t the mind pun).

On the other hand, the new iPad does have its critics. Not everyone is racing to the nearest store to get one. In this article, we’ll take a look at a couple of the pros and a couple of cons of the new iPad. Hopefully this will help you decide whether to get one for yourself.

What’s good about the new iPad – A couple of “pros”

(1) Retina display – For most people, Apple’s latest iPad is all about the “Retina” display. Imagine looking at a beautiful magazine. Imagine brighter colors and sharper text. Imagine a screen that makes your HD TV look positively second-rate. Well, this is what you get with the Retina display. With four times as many pixels as the iPad 2, this display is considered stunning by almost everyone who has been fortunate enough to see it in action.

(2) The iSight camera – One complaint levelled against earlier generations of the iPad was that they didn’t include a quality camera. Apple appear to have addressed this issue in their most recent release. The new iPad comes fitted with a 5 mega-pixel camera, which allows users to take much better photos than was previously possible. It has been said that this camera uses the same digital processing and five-element lens system as the iPhone 4S. Those who are interested in seeing whether there’s any difference may wish to check out cnet’s test. Whatever the case though, nobody would deny that the camera on this tablet is far superior

to the one on its predecessor.

What’s not so good about the new iPad – A couple of “cons”

(1) Weight and dimensions – One might have thought the new iPad would be thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. In fact, the opposite is the case. The 3rd generation iPad is about 50g heavier and 0.6mm thicker than the iPad 2. For some this is not a big deal.

For others, though, it is rather disappointing. For the extra weight and thickness can in some cases make the tablet a little less comfortable to hold, especially for extended periods. Those who prefer sleek, ultra
light-weight gadgets may therefore not be so thrilled by Apple’s latest offering.

(2) Overheating problem – One of the most controversial aspects of the launch of the new iPad has been the reported overheating problem. Not everyone agrees that this problem really exists (Apple, as you might expect, were quick to deny it). But there are certainly a fair few owners who claim that the iPad does feel rather hot to the touch, especially when it is used to play HD games for an hour or two.

These issues have not prevented the new iPad from selling in huge quantities, but they could explain why there has been a renewed interest in where to buy ipad 2 tablets as well. For in spite of the new iPad’s advances, there are one or two respects in which it falls short of its predecessor. Specifically, the 2nd generation tablet is thinner and lighter. In addition, it does not suffer from the apparent overheating issue that is affecting the new iPad.

On the other hand, the immaculate Retina display is a significant improvement. What’s more, the new iPad also supports 4G LTE networks, which can make browsing the net and streaming videos lightning-fast. And we’ve already spoken about the new and improved camera. In short, the qualities of this new iPad are more or less undeniable.

But is it really worth the investment? That depends on your preferences and standpoint. If you love beautiful visuals and wish to take high-quality photos with your tablet, then it’s certainly worth considering Apple’s new tablet. On the other hand, if it’s important to you that your tablet should be light weight or if you wish to save some money, then perhaps the 2nd generation iPad (or indeed another tablet altogether) might be a better choice. More and more tablets are appearing on the market, so you certainly won’t struggle to find others to choose from.