“The new iPad” is likely the most anticipated piece of consumer electronics ever, as every iPhone and iPad preceding it seemed to be at the time. As always, this anticipation is called into question as reviews begin to roll out, as it’s hard to believe Apple can top itself every time around. Read on to get a quick feel for whether or not they managed to pull it off.
- TechCrunch – Technology is amazing, and this new iPad is amazing. Also amazing: the only company competing with Apple right now in this particular space is Apple. [....] If you’re at all interested in LTE in an Apple product, obviously, get a new iPad. If you read a lot on your iPad, get the new iPad. If you take a lot of photos and videos (yeah you, the joker in the front row of the concert with your iPad in the air), get the new iPad. If you play a lot of games on the iPad, get the new iPad. If you don’t yet have an iPad, get the new iPad. – MG Siegler
- The Verge (9.3/10) - Let’s be clear: the new iPad is in a class by itself, just as its predecessor was. As the latest product in a lineage of devices that defined this category, the iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition. With the addition of the Retina display, LTE, more memory, and a more powerful processor, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad’s market position as the dominant player and product to beat. – Joshua Topolsky
- Daring Fireball - 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. – John Gruber
- All Things D - 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. – Walt Mossberg
- New York Times - The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets. There’s no Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment here; Apple just took its white-hot iPad and added the latest screen, battery and cellular technologies. If you’re in the market for a tablet, here’s the bright side: For the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that’s still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals. – David Pogue
Reading through these reviews, there should be little doubt that “The new iPad” is a worthy successor to the iPad 2. Between a crisp “retina” display, LTE support, and more memory, the newest version of Apple’s tablet steps it up in the specs department while seemingly offering a better UX through more than the sum of these additions.