The new iPads and iTVs are on store shelves.
I have not written much about either. The media and reviews of the latest incarnation of the iPad did not exactly move me to be all that envious of early adapters. In fact, I thought, it was an update for the sake of an update. A little faster, more RAM and awesome video, not enough to make me splurge on a new one.
Last night, I got an opportunity to play with one, and if I were in the market for a new iPad this would be it! However, there is just not enough under the hood to justify upgrading.
What is good: The picture. The next generation iPad has four times more pixels than the iPad 2. It is really noticeable. Remember the first time you watched a hockey game on a HD TV, the smoothness and the clarity! Well you will experience that again with the iPad. It is really fantastic.
Throw in a new the new A5X chip and you have the power to run the new retina display. A full gig of ram and a 5.1 megapixel camera round things out.
The not so impressive: It is a little thicker and heavier than my iPad 2. It did not include SIRI, the camera should have been at least 8.1 megapixels and the 4G is just not ready yet! Apple could have waited and offered a much more spectacular device.
It's not the big technology leap you may want in your new tablet.