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New iPad UK price and hands-on test in video

Jason Jenkins tries out the new iPad before it goes on sale in the UK. Click to watch the video of his experiences.

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The new iPad has just been announced and I had the chance to play with one before it goes in sale in just over a week. Design-wise, it's very similar to the iPad 2, but the main upgrade is the screen. Have a look at the video above to get a sense of what I thought.

Apple has gone for a much-awaited retina display on this model, which means that if you hold it at a reasonable distance from your eyes, you can't make out the individual pixels. The resolution of the 9.7-inch screen is 2,048x1,536 pixels, which works out at a massive 264 pixels per inch.

It looks really good, although it's not enough of a leap to make it worth your while upgrading from an original iPad or iPad 2 just yet. Those people would be safe skipping this generation.

The other big upgrade is the camera, which is rubbish on the iPad 2. Apple is now so confident that it has cracked it on this model that it says you can use the new iPad as your main camera. I'm not convinced that will prove to be true in the end, but am prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt until I get hold of one to test for longer.

A faster chip with a quad-core graphics engine wraps the main hardware improvements up -- for more details, click the video above to play and let us know what you think of the new iPad in the comments box below or on our Facebook wall.