"Still Just An iPad, Is That Okay?"3.5 starson by thisistheslam
Pros: Continues to offer a good quality build and look. Faster than ever before with new processor. iOS App Store has lots going for it.
Cons: Nothing has changed between the 3rd and 4th generation iPad products software wise, and little has been done to improve the hardware. Requires access to a full PC/Mac at times to get important tasks done.
Summary: The iPad has defined what a tablet should be. Here, on their fourth generation product, Apple has definitely held to the "if it ain't broke" mentality. There's next to nothing different about the iPad 4th gen from its predecessor. Yes, they dropped the A6X chip inside, which improves performance. But for a product that didn't seem to noticeably suffer to begin with, it begs the question: why the new product? And why so soon!? Typically, Apple releases products ~1-2 years from the previous generation. This time they waited around 7-8 months. On top of that, many people didn't immediately upgrade to the 3rd gen iPad right away, so those customers that bought into the 3rd gen felt robbed just a couple months later when this 4th generation iPad hit store shelves.
Make no mistake, the iPad is still good. But in a world where Google offers cheaper tablets with reasonable performance and a large app marketplace and Microsoft challenging the rules of tablet capabilities with their RT and Pro Surface devices, you have to wonder if the iPad is a must-have. Not only that, you may ask yourself whether this is a "should have" device. Office and Flash support on a similarly priced Surface RT is very appealing, even if Windows RT still needs optimization to move smoother like iOS does. The fact that the iPad requires me to still have another computing device nearby to do important tasks or work is a downer.