Though revisions and re-launches of older hardware models is nothing new, at the current pace companies are getting through iterations, there is a definite feeling creeping in of feeling burnt-out by incremental updates to hardware/software or a combination of the two. Apple's new iPad will quite deservedly draw many people in with its super-crisp retina display (a 'resolution' in tablet PC's, as many are putting it), slightly better camera (who really takes photos or videos with their unwieldy iPad anyway), admittedly more powerful processor and 4G capabilities (the UK has no networks using such connectivity). But is that enough of a reason to make the jump from the iPad, let alone the iPad 2?
If Gizmodo's sneaky in-house consumer test is the judge of anything, there's a good chance people will be unable to tell the difference between them anyway. Handing co-workers in their office the iPad 2 (so last year!), the video crew behind the camera then went filming their reactions to the 'new' device. Impressions were unanimously praiseworthy, with the subjects of the unique experiment praising the tablet's 'amazing', 'higher-res' screen. Though with many of them also stating it feels a lot thinner – the new iPad is in fact that tiny bit thicker – it does call into question the flawed 'findings' of the study. Is it a genuine enough sample to castigate Apple's new addition to the iPad family, or reason to once again hail the brilliance of the iPad 2 which came before it – after all, they all seem to love it. Our money''s on the latter, but still it drives home some of the points we would repeatedly make when someone is thinking about upgrading to the newer iPad: do you really need it?
See the full video here at Gizmodo
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