The new iPad is setting some kind of sales record like most new
things from Apple do.
The price hasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t gone up, but it hasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t gone down
The iPad is the most expensive tablet per gigabyte on
CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s current list of 5 best tablets, largely because Apple
brooks no discounting.
You may also find the snap-fit case from
your iPad 2 doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t fit...and that you need to buy a more
expensive iPad than you had in mind because the new retine
screen has begun a mass conversion to fatter apps and hefti HD
movies on iTunes.
More on that in a moment.
#4 ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s heavier and thicker.
OK, that last one may seem sort of
petty since it only went from .34 to .37 inches thick, but thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s
enough for some snap-fit rigid cases from your iPad 2 to not fit.
Also, the weight climbed almost 2 ounces.
Both those specs are
going the wrong way in a device that already got some knocks
for feeling heavy in the hand.
#3 The Retina display is twice the resolution, but not twice the
Just like doubling a cameraÃ¯Â¿Â½s megapixels doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t make
your photos twice as good, our TV dude, David Katzmaier found
that the double screen res on the new iPad make for an
improvement in video that ranged from Ã¯Â¿Â½subtle to non-existentÃ¯Â¿Â½.
Icons and text are look a lot better, but for video this wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t be like
when you got your first HDTV.
#2 ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s still got one main port doing a lot of things, and one of
those things is making you spend money on adapters.
HDMI, SD card or VGA?
Those all require an adapter...or
More to buy, more lose and have to buy again.
Before we get to #1 reason NOT not to buy the new iPad, the
two features that are probably the least trumpeted about it: First,
the Verizon 4G model is the first iPad that is also a wi-fi hotspot,
powered by that fast 4G connection.
That means you can really
tether a few devices off it at once and have enough bandwidth to
And, second, itÃ¯Â¿Â½s the first tablet with Bluetooth 4.0
which is fast enough to stream video, can use extremely low
power and can work with a host of devices that the Bluetooth
folks tells us will never have pairing headaches.
#1 You have an iPad 2.
This didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t stop Apple from selling 3
million new iPads in its first three days, but one survey indicated
a lot of those people didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t have an iPad at all.
If you already
have an iPad 2 its lighter, a little thinner, is just as fast on Wi-Fi,
has a display that I never heard anyone complain about -- until
now -- is no more port-challenged than the new iPad and the
case you have for it still fits.
For all our iPad coverage, little known details and how to guides,
check out the dedicated iPad section at CNET.com.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley, thanks for watching.