When Apple launched the new iPad back in March, many iPad owners immediately took to Twitter to voice their disappointment with the upgrade of the device. With comments such as ‘Just had a look at the “New iPad” – got to be honest…i’m a little underwhelmed.’ And another saying, ‘Beyond better-looking screen, new #iPad offers mostly minor upgrades.’ So should you splash out on the newer version or not? Does it take an industry expert to highlight the brilliant new innovations, or are the customers right in their analysis of the new device? A recent poll by polldaddy (view results here) asked current iPad users whether they thought the new Apple iPad was a worthwhile upgrade and 47% said yes with 53% stated no. If you are wondering whether to upgrade or indeed buy one, why not take a look at what the experts have been saying about the new iPad.
SlashGear – Reviewer, Vincent Nguyen
‘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. Steve Jobs would have approved.’
AllThingsD – Tech expert, Walt Mossberg
‘My epiphany came when I placed my iPad 2 next to the new model, with the same text on the screen. Letters and words that had seemed sharp on the older model five minutes earlier suddenly looked fuzzier. 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.’
Stuff magazine – Editor, Will Findlater
‘It might not be called the iPad 3 but Apple’s latest tablet improves on the iPad 2 in all the important places. The new iPad’s high-definition screen looks truly amazing up close and its faster processor means it’s very smooth in operation – and all for the same price as the last one.’
The Guardian – Technology Editor, Charles Arthur
‘It’s remarkable to think that two years ago we were still adjusting to the idea of this device, with plenty of people saying “it’s just a big iPhone”. It’s hard to see anyone catching this product because it offers what people want: access to computing wherever you are.’
Virtual Universe – App Developer, Derek Byrne
‘After months of frenzied rumours, the burden of expectation on the latest iPad would have sunk lesser gadgets. But the iPad isn’t just another gadget. Faster hardware, a higher definition display and a whopping great camera are sleek new additions but then the iPad has always been much more than the sum of its parts.’
Evening Standard – Science and Technology Editor, Mark Prigg
‘Overall, the new iPad is a stunning example of just how far ahead of the competition Apple is. While competitors have still got nowhere near the ease of use and range of apps for the original iPad, this third generation shows that Apple, as new boss Tim Cook said at its introduction, ‘has only just got started’.
‘The new Retina screen is the eye-popping glimpse of our computing future, fixed within what has already become established as the most intuitive and reliable computing device you can find at any price.’
The Telegraph – Head of Technology, Shane Richmond
‘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. If you have been holding off getting a tablet then this is the one to go for. In my view, it’s the best that money can buy. Existing iPad owners who are thinking of upgrading should take a look at this new device. You’ll see the difference very, very clearly indeed.’