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Last night saw the first wave of reviews of the new iPad hit the web, from the expected set of A-listers including John Gruber of Daring Fireball, Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal, Joshua Topolsky of The Verge, David Pogue of The New York Times, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, MG Siegler at TecCrunch and a handful of others.
These early reviews are not good. They’re glowing, full of enthusiastic praise for the 3rd-gen iPad and superlatives that could be straight out of an Apple unveiling event.
Here’s a quick selection of examples of the glowing reception the latest iPad is getting:
On the New Retina Display
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.
If you’re familiar with the experience of switching from the old iPhone display to the 4/4S retina display, the experience of switching to the new iPad display will prove familiar. It is astonishingly good. … Reading on the big retina display is pure joy.
Even iPhone apps look better — retina-display iPhone apps run at 2× size on the iPad 3 take advantage of their higher-resolution UI elements and text rendering.
I struggled after the event to put the right words together to describe the display and a week later I’m still lost for the proper analogy. 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.
Using the new display is like getting a new eyeglasses prescription — you suddenly realize what you thought looked sharp before wasn’t nearly as sharp as it could be."
Even if you have perfect vision, indulge me here for a second. You know when you go in for an eye exam and you’re asked to look at a combination of letters and numbers on a chart against a far wall? You read the first few lines, then realize you actually can’t go any further. Then you get prescribed glasses (or contacts) and you can all of a sudden read every letter and number. And even the ones you could read before are now so much clearer.
That’s what it’s like looking at the new iPad versus the older iPads.
And while the screen is the single biggest selling point of the new iPad, there are a few other things I’ve been enjoying nearly as much in my week testing out the device.
The most notable of these is the LTE functionality. Put simply: it’s fast. Really fast. Faster-than-my-WiFi fast.
In downtown San Francisco I saw remarkable performance on LTE — easily as fast, perceptually, as a rock-solid Wi-Fi connection.
On the data side of things, at least on Verizon’s LTE network, this thing (unsurprisingly) screams. If you own a Verizon 4G phone, or know what they’re capable of, then you’ll get the gist of what the new iPad can do. Actually, the iPad seemed faster to me than many phones I’ve tested.
Design and General Comments
Much like the classic Dieter Rams Braun products most modern Apple devices are aping, one feels that 50 years ago or 50 years from now, this product won’t look too out of place. In the world of industrial design, that’s a rarity. …
It’s everything the previous generation was, and then some. Stable, reliable, speedy, and long-lived. What more can you ask for?
Features and technical aspects aside, how does the new iPad feel? Amazing. It’s the best device out there, made even better. And it’s the same price as it previously was.
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.
Early reviewers’ comments on battery life on the new iPad, even when using LTE, offer more good news. All of them say that battery life seems on par with the iPad 2 – and that of course has outstanding battery life.
As I write this post we’re less than 24 hours away from the new iPad going on sale where I live. In around 15 hours I’ll hopefully be lined up outside my local Apple store. I was already excited to get my hands on the new iPad – seeing all these glowing reviews has kicked that excitement up a few notches.