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Initial Thoughts on Apple’s New iPad?

We just spent the last hour and a half following Apple’s latest event, one that introduced the new iPad. We put ourselves through painful situations like this because even though they may not interest us on a personal level, some of what happens does affect the future of the Android platform. Whether you believe it or not, Apple does innovate from time to time, so keeping an eye on their happenings just makes sense. So what did we see? More importantly, what did you see? Initial thoughts? 

Name:  First off, let’s just get this out of the way. It’s called the “iPad.” It’s not the iPad 3 or iPad HD or any variation or combo of any of the rumors that Apple blogs led you to believe. Just like the iPod Touch and Nano and almost every single product that Apple makes besides the iPhone, it’s simply the “new” version. And this is me talking to the Apple kids of the world, “Stop freaking out about something so ridiculous.”

Retina Display:  The biggest piece to this new iPad is clearly the retina display. Even with Asus announcing a higher resolution Transformer at 1920×1200, it doesn’t quite match the 2048×1536 resolution (264 ppi) on the iPad. Certainly there are Android manufacturers out there looking to equal it or produce higher pixel density, but for now, it’s time to play catch-up.

Processor:  Apple’s new A5X is essentially the same processor that is in the iPhone 4S, but they pumped the GPU up to quad-core status. So no, this is not a quad-core processor as was rumored, it’s still just a dual-core SoC. It does have a ridiculously powerful GPU on it though, which means gaming on the iPad will be unlike any other device. Currently the Tegra 3 has the only GPU that can come close, so we’ll have to wait and see how benchmarks play out once this new iPad is released.

LTE and Battery Life:  Since we knew the processor and screen were going to get bumps, the other thing we were actually paying attention too was the 4G LTE announcement for this new iPad. And not because 4G LTE is new (like the Apple media I listened to during the event seemed to think), but because LTE is the killer of all batteries. We wanted to see if Apple had come up with some miracle way to extend the life of an LTE device. They list a 9 hour life using cellular data, which doesn’t necessarily scream “this thing lasts forever!” if we look at the spec sheet. With it’s 42.5-watt-hour battery, we are talking PC-grade battery here. From what I can gather, Apple didn’t find a miracle LTE cure, they just found a way to put a massive battery into this new iPad. The previous iPad2 had a 25-watt-hour battery for comparison sake.

Price:  They managed to keep the pricing at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model with LTE variants starting at $629.

Camera:  They put a really nice 5MP camera in the back, something that no one on a tablet uses.

And that’s pretty much your new iPad.

It’s easy to crown this the new champ of tablets since it’s from Apple and no other tablet manufacturer other than Amazon has even made a dent in the market. But what we as Android fans should take away, is that…well, I don’t know. Android tablets are something we will all mostly favor, but it’s going to take a monumental push from Google if they are going to try and top this one. I hate to continue to rag on the Android tablet market, but it has failed so miserably up until now that maybe Google is the only one that can save it. Let’s just hope they use better marketing techniques and support than they did for the Galaxy Nexus if they do take on this market.

What did you come away with?

  • me

    I want a Samsung 7 series tab…for an ipad 3 price…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001805990120 Mike Røuche

    i hate apple, but i have to admit this wasnt what i expected. i didnt thin theyd pull out all the stops. would have loved to see  a quad core processor though, dont understand why they didnt do it lol.

  • richlizard24

    I’m surprised you didn’t have a liveblog on the iPad keynote Kellex, seeing as how much you are obsessed with Apple.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    I’ll bet that the 5 mega camera on it is about 100 times better than the 5 mega camera on my galaxy nexus

    • Dain Laguna

      it probably is. but your phones prowess lays elsewhere ;)

  • Donald Galyen

    I’m sick and tired of hearing about apple’s freaking screen resolutions! The only reason to increase resolution is when you increase size! When you’re staring at a flipping tiny screen, there’s no need for 720p resolution on a <5" screen. If you're that concerned with watching HD content on your phone you have problems. I have a 42" 1080p tv being shipped to my new house, and a 19" 720p tv I brought in the car. I'm not bitching because I lost some quality, I'm bitching because I can't see my friggin' wide receiver burn the db deep, because the screen is tiny and my nose is pressed up against it. It's the same for phones and tablets.

    Breathe. Now go back to work. Good Drew.

  • http://twitter.com/JFMFT Josh Fowler

    Meh to all tablets. After having the original Xoom, having friends who let me play with their iPad 2s any time I want, and currently owning the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, I am unconvinced about the need/want for a tablet. I honestly believe Apple created a huge market out of a product no one ever needed, and most weren’t sure they even wanted. Their success with the iPad is insanely mind-boggling, and is pure trickery. I have to hand it to them – they have the most amazing marketing team ever devices.

    The only thing tablets seem to be good for are 1) reading, 2) video watching, and 3) game playing. As for productivity, I am so much more productive with mouse and keyboard on my laptop or at my desktop station with my laptop plugged in. Hell, I’m even more productive on my Galaxy Nexus smartphone than I am on any tablet. I can’t get any real work done on a tablet, whether it’s on an iPad 2 or my Galaxy Tab.I’m firmly convinced the best option is an e-ink display tablet (Kindle… the basic one) for reading books and giving your eyes a rest from the harsh screens of modern day displays (monitors, laptop screens, tablet screens, and smartphone screens) – they’re beautiful, but they aren’t “easy” on the eyes by any means. Additionally, an ultrabook is a great replacement for a laptop and everything else. Finally, carrying a smartphone seems to work well.My current wishlist is: the next Nexus running Jellybean, the 2013 version of the Samsung Series 9 ultrabook (they don’t call it an ultrabook, but that’s essentially what it is), and if I have a lot of reading to do, a kindle with a classic e-ink display – perfect to take to the beach on weekends or to read outside in the sun or shade, or for reading in bed, etc. There is no room for a tablet, really. It just seems silly.

  • Gmars1284

    my thoughts? Apple and icrap sucks. those are my thoughts. period

  • Norgeloki

    I disagree with your statement about the back camera. My daughter’s track coach uses his iPad to review their high jump/triple jump technique with the jumpers between attempts. It is easier to critique on a tablet than a phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    I think this will be a perfect present for the wife, and me too

  • schwinn8

    I would have been impressed if they released the tactile-tech that was rumored to be on here. I didn’t believe it would be, but would have been excited to see it was there. Of course, the rumor was wrong. Beyond that, there is nothing really new here, but as everyone knows, the iLemmings will buy it anyway because it’s new. These buyers may complain to me saying that I’m just jealous, but the facts are:
    1) These same people were complaining to Android users because there were “no apps” for Android… well, there are “no apps” for the new high-res screen, yet they will buy it. Hypocrisy #1.
    2) “Fragmentation” arguments… ’nuff said. Hypocrisy #2.

    Anyway, back to the story here… they finally put a 5MP camera on the device. Again, on par with my OG Droid. How lame. And though the article says people on tablets don’t use the camera, it’s sad to see how many iLemmings actually do… it’s just so ridiculous.

    Bottom line, nothing new to see here, really. It’s too bad, because Apple really had some innovations … but as always, they are falling behind now, and this is the first sign of the lack of innovation that I expect to see here. It’s not their fault… it’s bound to happen…

    That being said, Android makers have a lot of catching up to do from the “quality” standpoint. There are certainly decent products out there, but they are hard to find or very expensive… maybe not as much as an iPad, but close enough to make one major Android advantage fade away. As more mfgs improve quality, others will follow, and costs will come down quickly. That being said, even my ancient Viewsonic GTablet is an excellent device. Sure, the screen isn’t as nice as an iPad (viewing angles), but straight-on, it’s just fine… and still performs as well as the iPad otherwise.

  • Chris G

    Ok.  A couple of things.

    First off, I have a Transformer Prime.  I don’t need Asus or Android to best Apple to the masses.  I just need it to be available to me with the product I want at the time I want it.  
    Of course I expect this ipad to be better than my TFP.  I got my TFP before Christmas.  This hasn’t even come out yet.  It is is not an improvement, Crapple really is that.  

    Without a proper keyboard dock, a tablet is of very little use to me.  Sorry Crapple, but bluetooth keyboards in a case are not permitted for use in the air.  So that is not a proper solution.

    The display.  Sure I would like a nice display, but not at the cost of battery life.  Yes I know most planes allow for power ports these days but many long haul are still only in Business and First.  Nice when you get it, but I certainly don’t fly up front all the time.  Nothing worse than Qantas for 18 hours from Dallas to Brisbane in the back of the plane because it had to stop in Noumea for an unscheduled fuel stop when you have limited battery life.

    Over all, apple products have their place.  My mother in law is a perfect example.  She’s the type of person that iOS is perfect for.  

    When I followed the blog during the event yesterday I kept thinking, decent hardware.  Can I wipe iOS off and put ICS on this thing?

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  • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

    “Name one other device on the market that has anything close to the resolution in this iPad.”

    Firstly, the new iPad isn’t on the market yet (I know, it’s a technicality but it’s fact). The Transformer Prime TF700T was shown at CES in January with a 1920×1200 res and again at MWC rebranded as the Transformer Pad Infinity… launching within the next 3 months. Also the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD has the same resolution also rumored to launch in Q2. I’m sure there will be plenty more by the end of Q2 as well. Apple will only be ‘ahead’ (with their ridiculous 4×3 aspect ratio – retard resolution… don’t hate on opinions, but content isn’t designed for 4×3. Watching native 1080p video will have tons of wasted space) for probably 2 months even though these other manufacturers announced their devices months before Apple did.

    “Name one Android camera that rivals in clarity to any of Apple’s current line of integrated cameras.”

    ANY Samsung device running Samsung’s camera software (so not the Nexuses.) My Omnia from early 2009 took some amazing pictures that could rival the iPhone 4 camera’s quality at times with it’s 5MP sensor. The GS and GSII devices take FANTASTIC pictures.

    “Name one of the many Android manufacturers who have a killer productivity suite and a way of editing photos and movies as seamlessly as Apple.”

    Android manufacturers make hardware, not software, but they do have the great Adobe touch apps for tablets. Video editing? Apple wins, but this stuff is meant to be done on a high-powered computer so I’d have to say this argument is pointless. Anyone who knows what they’re doing or really cares will use a real computer and not a tablet (for the foreseeable future at least.)

    • Michael Scrip

      Don’t forget….

      This is the 3rd iPad with a 4:3 screen ratio.

      Maybe people aren’t watching movies on them as much as you think?

    • Dain Laguna

      samsungs cameras are decent, but even in comparisons in controlled environments by the likes of cnet and engadget, show the consistency in apples camera superiority.

      and you still didnt list a tablet with a better resolution, or even one thats on par