"Just Get One."4.0 starson by Tec Consumer
Pros: Retina display is like plasma, iPad2 is like LCD. Amazing contrast. Responsive touch screen. Long battery life. Apps, Apps, Apps. Its just so pretty.
Cons: Too heavy. Home button is in the way of where your thumb should be to hold it. iPad2 is thinner. My retina hurts from looking at such a small screen all day. The price. Its an Apple.
Summary: Yes. I got one. Did I need one? No. Do you need one? Probably not. Should you get one? Definitely. Its everything a tablet should be. Aside from the price I find it hard to believe that any person who is into tec products could not like the iPad. Its not a device that many people would actually need. But its the kind of thing that few people can (or should) resist. Its like having a fun little interactive picture frame. Side by side the new display is like a nice plasma screen and the iPad2 screen looks like an LCD. The new screen has much better contrast and shading. But, the iPad2 is still probably the better deal. It is much lighter and much thinner. So it is much easier to hold on to. The added weight and thickness of the third generation makes the home button, which is right where your thumb should go, a nuisance because it takes more energy to hold it so you wind up accidentally pressing it a bit too often. I had played with a friend's iPad2 and this was not an issue even though the home button is in the same place. The extra weight and thickness is a big negative. The muscle at the base of my left thumb is killing me from holding it all day yesterday. However, I noticed that the lack of flash support is not as serious an issue as it was back when the iPad2 came out, which was pleasant surprise. Thank you web developers. It is extremely fast on the internet and the app store is as good as it gets. Just don't let your 4 year old know that it can play angry birds if you plan on actually using it yourself. I am very happy with the new iPad even though I am as anti Apple as anyone could be. Its a great device. But after using it all day I am certain that laptops and desktops aren't going away--ever. My retina hurts as much as my left thumb from looking at that pretty little touch screen all day. There's just no substitute for a real keyboard and a 19" screen or a 15" notebook when it comes to work and not play.