"Phenomenal. The retina display is extraordinary."5.0 starson by C5fltengineer
Pros: Retina display, dictation (works for me), battery life, styling and construction, camera, and ergonomics (the weight is half of my net book).
Cons: After extensive use, I really have no cons specific to the actual iPad itself. I've heard the complaints about the speaker and I find for my use it's excellent (listening to Pandora right now and it sounds great no matter what level I have it on).
Summary: I purchased a black 16 GB Wi-Fi only model in the early morning at Walmart. in the past I have owned two iPods over the years but this is my first iOS device and I can say as a non-Apple extremist, and I don't mean that in a bad way, and extensive surfer this iPad meets my needs in an extraordinary manner. my beef has always been with iTunes and the manner in which Apple conducts itself, but their products are exquisitely designed and built and are very intuitive. I purchased an iPod nano for my 70 year old father and he grooves on it like crazy and I am sure when I purchase a new iPad for both him and my mother that they will both get it and utilize it far more than their laptops or desktop. This review is for those who have never owned Apple products or maybe one Apple product and have never owned an iPad I find the weight is not a distraction at all and the screen is
phenomenal. It is phenomenal especially when watching HD content or zooming in on text. I have zoomed in on
webpages ,text and Word documents and have been amazed that the text remains crisp to their maximum extents. I love the functionality of swiping between applications I love the fact that I can make the text big or small literally by pinching my fingers I have no problems navigating between different applications different parts of the webpage. So far all of the webpages that I frequent to include job websites and news organizations are handled quite easily by the ipad. I frequent CNN and I do not feel, for my purposes, that I need that app for that, however
when it comes to FOXNews and MSNBC I find that I have to use an app for those websites. I have done 90% of this review using dictation and with a few exceptions it has done extremely well. One caveat to using dictation is that I sort of sound like either Stephen Hawkings at times or a really stupid robot. I have read many reviews about apps for the iPad and I find that most of the positive and negative reviews can be boiled down to personal preference and not something so fantastic or so bad about the individual app itself. I am still learning to type using the split keyboard, which I like very much, and I am certain that I will get the hang of this and not go back to my PC for anything other than very in-depth work like writing papers or running engineering programs. it is readily apparent that iOS is a very streamlined operating system because of how fast I can switch between each of the apps and how fast webpages load and just the general behavior of the operating system. I have a 10 MB upload Internet service provider and I am using Wi-Fi in the nether regions of my house and yet things load smoothly
and quickly and videos perform phenomenally well to include YouTube. the very first HD video that I watched on
YouTube using the YouTube app was the trailer for the hobbit. what can I say? the images were crisp, crisper than my 1080 P HD television and way more crisp than anything I have ever seen on a computer. my only hesitation with this model of iPad is that I am now thinking that I need 32 GB of storage just to absorb the higher
memory apps for the retina display and the HD movies I may download from time to time. I originally wanted a white 16 GB but all Walmart had was a black one and now I have come to really enjoy the styling so much that I think I will stick with the black, but that is a matter of personal preference. From all of the anecdotal evidence I have read in reviews on the Internet, I will be investing in a nice silicone case ASAP. as a devout gamer and owner of a pS3, I am amazed at the games on the new iPad (they are very fast the graphics are outstanding and
smooth). if you are the kind of person that enjoys listening to music, surfing the Internet, watching HD programs and movies, and writing emails and doing a few small tasks such as making lists and writing a letter or two then this iPad is for you. If you are into tweaking your operating system, then the iPad is not for you. Either way you should purchase what you want but if you are looking for a standalone, portable tablet that you can take
anywhere and enjoy fast Wi-Fi, easy operation, and lots of useful features that I would suggest you pick up an
iPad, but think carefully about the storage size. as for the lack of HDMI and USB ports, if I need this functionality in the future I will just purchase the additional adapters but I do not think this is a major concern.