As Apple prepares to launch the third-generation iPad this Friday, several sites have published their exhaustive reviews. Hint: they like it. A lot.
John Gruber, 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.
Joshua Topolsky, The Verge:
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 CPU, Apple has absolutely held onto the iPad’s market position as the dominant player and product to beat.
Jason Snell, Macworld.com:
But the moment you pick up a third-generation iPad, you can tell the difference. All the slight jagginess and oddly misshappen characters we take for granted on lower-resolution displays just vanish on the Retina display, and you’re left with the same sort of typographic excellence you’d expect in a printed book.
M.G. Siegler, TechCrunch:
The iPad 2 is still far and away the best tablet on the market today (the iPad 3 officially comes this Friday, of course), and the new iPad screen manages to make it look like antiquated technology.
Walt Mossberg, AllThingsD:
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.
Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:
So, what did I like about the iPad? Simple — the experience. Nobody in the market today can touch the Apple experience.
Ed Baig, USA Today:
But the new iPad snatches the crown from its predecessor as the finest tablet you can buy. Period.
Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear:
Apple doesn’t need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king.