"Best display you've ever seen plus snappy performance"5.0 starson by PhillyBoy919
Pros: The screen is absolutely stunning
4G LTE on Verizon is great, no added charge for hot spot
Restored everything seamlessly from iCloud
Most responsive tablet out there
Battery life regularly over 11 hours
Double RAM means less app crashes
Cons: None so far. I guess it's a bit pricey, but that's relative considering how much you end up using it.
Summary: I upgraded from an original iPad, so the jump to the "new" iPad is a pretty monumental leap in terms of sheer performance. Everything opens immediately. Web pages load as fast or faster than on my 2 year old Core 2 Duo laptop. The screen is absolutely amazing.
When I first turned on the new iPad I immediately noticed the screen difference, but was a little disappointed. it was the revolutionary experience I had expected. After setting it up and using it for an hour I really started to appreciate just how special the screen was. Turning on and using my original iPad really drove the difference home. It's like the difference between going through life with 20/40 vision then suddenly getting LASIC and seeing 20/15. Yeah, you could see everything pretty well before, but now it's razor sharp. I've noticed considerably less eye strain when reading for long periods.
The 4G LTE on Verizon is ridiculously fast. I just did a test while writing this. 16.5 Mbps down, 12.5 Mbps up with a latency of 58ms. Repeated the test 4 times all with similar results. I see this type of bandwidth everywhere it has service (which so far is everywhere in and around Philly).
If I had an iPad2 would I have upgraded? Probably not. The new iPad is marginally faster (we were testing them in work), but not noticeably so in general usage. Thanks to the doubling of the RAM you can open more browser tabs at the same time. Otherwise, the screen and the 4G are the major improvements. They make a difference, without a doubt, but would not have made me upgrade from a 2. From an original...it's an no-brainier.
The camera on the back takes serviceable pictures and surprisingly good video. Pics and video are about in-line with the iPhone 4. Video is slightly better since it's 1080p vs. 720p for the iPhone 4. Facetime on the iPad is so much better than Facetime on an iPhone.
My closing thoughts? If you've been wanting an iPad or are an original iPad owner itching for an upgrade, just do it. You will not be sorry. If you're an iPad2 owner wondering whether you should upgrade, I'd advise waiting until the next one.