My iPad 2 was stolen in North Bay, Ontario on January 4, 2012. I waited, ordered a New iPad when it was announced and received it today. I restored everything from iCloud and that process worked flawlessly. I highly recommend iCloud for backup.
I bought the wifi only model as I have an iPhone too and don't need iPad access beyond wif hotspots. So far, the New iPad looks and works just like the iPad 2. I may notice the better camera and the better screen but so far have not seen a difference. The screen is great but I thought the screen on the iPad 2 was great as well. I'm happy with the New iPad but would not have upgraded had my iPad 2 not been stolen.