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Apple's New iPad Review

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The most surprising thing about Apple’s new iPad when Tim Cook unveiled it in early March wasn’t anything to do with the technical specifications; it was the fact that Apple had dumped the idea of a suffix; the followup to the iPad 2 wouldn’t be the iPad 3, or even as some pundits had tipped, the iPad HD. Instead, it’s just the iPad, although in deference to its current status, it’s the “new” iPad, as distinct from the one released two years ago. Look long enough at the technical documentation, and you’ll sometimes find it referred to as the iPad (3rd Generation).

Whatever you call it, the demand for it was certainly on par with previous years; at launch, the queue at Sydney’s main George St Apple store stretched around the block. Which was odd, given that there were any number of other retailers selling exactly the same thing, but many came for the social experience, presumably.

All that aside, the new iPad isn’t a radical reinvention of the tablet concept; rather like Apple’s moves with its iPhone brand, it’s more of a gradual evolution. The key feature that you’ll spot right away is the high definition 2048 by 1536 pixel display screen. Apple uses the hideous marketing term “resolutionary”, as well as referring to it as a retina display, but advertising aside, the key thing that the new screen brings with it is very crisp text and visuals — on applications that support it. Put lower resolution video on the new iPad, and the higher resolution screen will make it look a little worse, in the same way that a VHS tape played back on a modern LCD flat panel looks grainy; the screen’s simply better at showing all the detail, good or bad.

As with previous generations, you can buy an iPad with only onboard WiFi connectivity, or one that can handle mobile data, but here you’ve got to be careful. Apple labels the mobile data capable iPad as the Wi-Fi+4G model, but here in Australia, the frequencies used by Telstra (and shortly by Optus) aren’t compatible with the 4G chip inside the new iPad. It’ll still connect to 3G wireless — and it’s dual channel HSPA+ compatible, so there’s some overhead there for decent speeds. But what it isn’t, and won’t be under current Australian 4G implementations for some time, is actually 4G compatible. For US and Canadian travellers, you should be able to connect there to 4G networks with an Australian iPad, for what that’s worth.

The new iPad’s internals have been beefed up as well, with a dual-core A5X ARM processor and quad-core graphics, although again Apple’s marketing rather fudges things here. The important part here is that it is noticeably faster when using processor intensive applications compared to the older iPad models. The speed difference is there, but as yet, there’s no applications that explicitly require the new iPad.

So what’s the final verdict? Apple’s still largely leading the market when it comes to tablet implementations, and it’s clearly got a lead in terms of applications for tablets. The new iPad is better than the old one, but those with an existing iPad — especially last year’s iPad 2 — shouldn’t rush out to upgrade. Those after their first tablet would be well advised to put it on the top of their shopping list.


Will Tablet Owners Jump On The Upgrade Merry-go-round?

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Are we ready to abandon two year-old iPads?

Apple strangely decided not to call its new tablet the iPad 3. However you describe it, this “new iPad” is hitting the shelves, making the iPad 2 look old and the original iPad look ancient. Of course that’s the same old original iPad that was the most desired object in the world only 24 months ago.

We live in a throw-away society and most of us happily abandon a perfectly good phone every two years because our telco gives us a new one for free. It’s not really for free, as the cost is built into the monthly bill, but it feels free because we’ll keep paying for the same plan regardless.

That old phone might get handed down to family or friends, but sooner rather than later it will end up in landfill (although you really should investigate recycling options). People don’t value things if they don’t feel they paid for them, so they have no qualms about casting old phones aside.

That’s not the case with tablets, regardless of your devotion to Apple, Android, Windows or even the ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook. If you own a tablet, chances are you bought it outright and plonked down your cash (or at least added it to your growing credit card debt). Even if you’ve got a Wi-Fi/3G model which uses a SIM card to access the mobile broadband network, you probably bought your tablet outright and slipped in a pre-paid SIM.

Your telco isn’t going to turn around after a year or two and hand you a shiny new tablet for free. If you want the latest and greatest wundertablet, you’ll need to pull out your wallet again. Unless you’re a devoted fanboy with deep pockets, that hip pocket pain should make you wonder if your old tablet is still up to the job.

Gadget makers have been relying on rapid technological advances to quickly make last year’s model soon feel obsolete. Yet as products mature the technological leap between models will lessen, as we’ve seen with incremental upgrades such as the iPhone 4S. Truth be told, last year’s iPhone and iPad are still up to the job.

The way to maintain sales could be to encourage the hand-me-down mentality by personalising gadgets to the point where we can’t share them. Tablets are already so tightly integrated into “your” world that it’s awkward to hand them over, even to family members (or especially to family members, depending on your privacy concerns). Once you Vulcan mind meld with your tech, you want it constantly by your side.

The lack of desktop-esque fast user switching on tablets is frustrating, but that’s all part of the plan. If you’re sick of wrestling back your gadgets from family and friends, it’s much easier to justify surrendering your perfectly good tablet and buying yourself a new one. Next thing you know, you’re trapped in the upgrade cycle.


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