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My new iPad - first impressions

posted Jun 18, 2012, 6:36 AM by Fabrizio Zavagli
After a few days of use, and I must admit not really heavy use at all, I feel like sharing my personal view on a few aspects that have either been already discussed somewhere else... or not! (yay for originality).

General feel: impressive. Considering I'm coming from a 1st-gen iPad, the device feels oh-so-responsive and great to use, something I've been mostly missing since updating my old device to iOS 5. Probably I'd get the same feel with a 2nd-gen iPad as well, but the additional 512mb ram should help keep it fast'n'sleek for a while longer, I hope. Maybe.

Overall though, even if it doesn't show in any way on the outside or in its behaviour, I know that the beefed-up specs of this iPad are more of a patch over the iPad 2 design rather than a more radical re-engineering. That's pretty clear when you look at the huge size of its A5X processor and the fact that RAM is now off-chip. Luckily, as I said, this doesn't impact user experience at all from what I can tell, since battery duration is still awesome and there are no discernable drawbacks, even the next one...

Heating issues: this is definitely something I still have to experiment myself. I've logged in some half-hours of 3D gaming with considerably system-stressing apps and heat is nowhere near really noticeable. Very good stuff.

Airplay: I've got a 1080p Apple TV along with the new iPad, mostly to use it for AirPlay. I must say that's pretty neat, but not as responsive as you'd wish for action games. Works perfect for movies thou. Images are a bit too degraded in quality in my opinion, and could make a better use of screen space as well. I don't know if the same issues apply to the former 720p version.

Smart cover: nice idea, but I'll probably switch to a more protective and simpler to grab cover soon (well, as soon as I'll recover from the €69.00 I've had to shell out for this one)

iOS 6: well it's not out yet (except for dev betas), but from what I've seen I would have expected a more radical update. The general feel is that it's more of an incremental update and that Apple put most of its efforts in the new Maps and in improving Siri. Something that in itself is an incremental update!