Review: Apple plays it steady with the new iPad
With the new Apple iPad, Apple is playing it safe and steady.
The new iPad, which went on sale Friday, features a super high-resolution screen that Apple calls its Retina display.
With it, games look astonishingly sharp and vivid. The amount of detail you can see is stunning and the display really makes media pop.
With photos you can see each single strand of hair, and in movies you can spot every single nuance of lighting.
Powering this impressive display is an A5X processor. Same dual-core chip but with four times the graphics power.
But a more powerful chip will be thirstier on battery power, and so the iPad has gained a bit of weight and grown a bit around the waist.
It's nothing dramatic, but iPad2 users will notice a difference.
The camera has also been improved with a 5 MP image sensor and the optics from the iPhone 4S.
On the new iPad it will produce some reasonably good still photos and full HD video.
The improved iPhoto and iMovie apps make it as easy to edit a photo or cut a video as it is to change a light bulb.
But media enthusiasts may stick with the power and customization available from traditional computer programs.
With the new iPad's launch, prices for the iPad 2 have dipped across the board.
If you're thinking of getting a tablet with the best screen, the new iPad is your best bet. Albeit a little pricey at $519 to start.
But frugal shoppers should definitely consider the now-cheaper iPad 2. It's hard to go wrong with Apple's tablet app-rich iOS ecosystem.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets