The new iPad is so bright its like getting a new eye glass prescription, says famed reviewer Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal of the latest iPad which goes on sale Friday starting at $499.
Although the basic changes are a 4G connection and a brighter display, “These upgrades are massive,” says Mossberg. He called the display, “the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device.”
Apple may sell 1 million of the new iPad– the device is simply called :iPad” rather than iPad 3–on launch day March 16, estimates Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Apple told USA Today that pre-orders for the device are “off the charts,” and Apple is basically sold out of pre-order inventory.
Joshua Topolsky of the Verge (and former Editor of Engadget) said the display is “outrageous. It’s stunning. It’s incredible. I’m not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that you hold this in your hands, or maybe it’s the technology that Apple is utilizing, or maybe it’s the responsiveness of iOS — but there’s something almost bizarre about how good this screen is. After the launch event, I described the screen as “surreal,” and I still think that’s a pretty good fit.”
The text is sharp enough that you can read in smaller fonts on the device than on the iPad 2, said Mossberg.
Tradeoffs appear to be minor, said the reviewers. There’s a 7 to 8 percent increase in weight and thickness over the iPad 2 and battery life is slightly shorter but still around 10 hours.
The new iPad’s screen has 1 million more pixels than HDTV. It’s 2048 x 1536 resolution screen has 4 times the pixels of the iPad 2 at the same size of 9.7 inches.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required to view full article)