After a little time with my new iPad, I have formed some thoughts. First, while full brightness is a joy for viewing, it does tend to suck the battery down faster. The screen is a joy to see in its full glory. It makes my photos snap out at me. The 4G is really fast in my tests, shockingly so. I may find myself using it instead of my HS DSL now and then.
The camera was a big surprise to me and others. I am used to long pauses while the picture focuses and snaps. I touch the icon on the screen and the shot is taken. The clarity and focus of the shots is first rate. This has gone from being a convenience picture taker, to being a serious contender for frequent picture taker. I still have testing to do, but it is not as awkward as I imagined. I am looking forward to trying out its video features.
I have tried the dictation function, and was impressed by how well it did. I rarely can use voice call features because my voice. In a paragraph, it made only one mistake, which is less than I do typing. I do not know how much I may desire this feature, but I can see potential.
I can also see why many are hesitant to update. This is not a leap in technology. It is a steady progression, an update with many good values. It is still miles ahead of the competition, but it has no features that scream innovation. It is a marvelous next step, but it is not the home run that sends the others running. For those with an iPad original, this is a great step up. For those with an iPad 2, do not sweat waiting another year unless money is not an issue. The next model is the one that Apple needs to create a fantasy. If for no other reason than to show the world that SJ taught his successors well.