New Apple iPad is a delight

USA Today reviewed the New iPad today, and here is what they had to say: “Nearly everyone who lands the brand new iPad on Day 1 – or more likely sometime afterward, since preorders are sold out – will be delighted. Apple’s latest tablet strongly resembles the iPad 2. At 0.37-inches and 1.4-pounds, it’s ever-so- slightly thicker and heavier (though Apple says most cases and accessories should fit). But the new iPad snatches the crown from its predecessor as the finest tablet you can buy. Period. Similar scenes played out last year with the iPad 2.

So it goes with the tablet born in 2012, which Apple for reasons not altogether clear did not name iPad 3 but simply the new iPad. On the surface, the leap from the second-generation iPad to the third-generation would appear to be relatively modest. But all Apple did was again distance itself from the competition.

The display is spectacular. Apple also improved the camera, added dictation and, on some models, the ability to tap into the speediest available cellular networks. Apple did all this without sacrificing much battery life or jacking up prices. The iPad 2 stays in the lineup and is cheaper.

An iPad 2 with 16 gigabytes of storage now fetches $ 399, $ 100 less than a week ago. An iPad 2 with 3G wireless capabilities from AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless goes for $ 529, plus a data plan if you choose to add one. Meanwhile, new models with just Wi-Fi cost $ 499 for 16GB, $ 599 for 32GB and $ 699 for 64GB. Same capacity models with Wi-Fi and 4G wireless capabilities command $ 629, $ 729 and $ 829.”