[March 22, 2012. Finally at Apple Store and did a side-by-side test. Yes, the icons on iPad 2 are a bit grainier, pixelized. I think iPad runs a bit faster and smoother when I looked at Promethus youtube’s trailer on HD.The picture itself is hard to tell the difference, Honestly. It’s called adaptation, so after awhile your eyes adapt to both iPads, and they both look good. So my verdict is the same as I have written before I saw and played with the product. Below]
[March 18, 2012. Went to Futureshop and tried out the “iPad”, seriously, I really not sure if I was finger-swiping an iPad2 or iPad, and how crispier it was with retina-display. Anyway, was on lunch break, didn’t have much time to explore it thoroughly, but beware since it is so similar in appearance between the two, check “About” under “Settings”, iPad model is MD****, iPad 2 is MC*****; it would be funny to think that you bought an iPad, but erroneously was given an iPad 2, and you would go about and saying how great it is!]
Just like there is no rush to get the iPhone 4S if you already have an iPhone 4, I doubt I will line-up to replace my iPad2 any soon. Yes, retina display and the A5X Quad chip sound good for new buyers and value for their bucks, but at the end of the day, most of the functions will be the same, especially for user likes me who read books, pdf, surf the web, and the odd time watch a video. (I didn’t see anything that was hardware specific regarding the apps, iMovie, iPhoto, etc, in the trailer, i.e., they should still be iOS compatible).
Honestly, display pixel becomes important when the screen gets better, i.e., if one buys a 1080p 24-inch TV, that is a waste of money, cause even at 480p we know the differences will be minimal. Certainly it will make graphics and iBook crispier, with less jagged edges, but it’s not too bad with my iPad2 now.
Yes, 4G LTE (Watch SNL parody on 4G LTE network) !
Perhaps, photographer can use it as a portable proofs for their shots, instead of seeing them on a laptop or computer?I am just guessing.
Two underwhelming products! I hope it is not a trend, and we need to be wow-ed soon Apple!