I'm familiar with apple products as I've got an iPhone and MBP. This will be my first tablet ever though. I've narrowed down that I'll be using the iPad mainly for watching movies and TV shows (a lot of which are HD off itunes) and to read textbooks (not sure about this but willing to try it out since I've heard good things. I'll be sticking to paperback and kindle for actual book-reading though).
I know with the iPad 3's new retina display the resolution is better, but it there a big difference in quality when watching videos and such?
I'm getting a 64 GB model so I'd either be getting a refurbished iPad 2 ($500) or brand new iPad 3 ($700). The price difference is pretty considerable, so if the video quality difference isn't huge I'll probably just go with the 2