Social Saturday: My new iPad experience

Facebook user Rachel S. asks “Now that you’ve had the new iPad for a while, do you really notice any differences between the experience with the new iPad and the iPad 2?”

The new iPad is very reminiscent of the iPad 2, but it is also distinctly different. Because of that, using the new iPad isn’t really a totally new experience. To me, it feels like using the iPad 2, but with a few very important differences.

Honestly, the speed of the new processor hasn’t made much of an impression on me. It is working hard to power the Retina display (we’ll get to that in a second), but using the new iPad doesn’t feel any faster. Though, this may just be that the iPad 2 never ran slow for me.Another thing that doesn’t really make an impression on me is the change in thickness. I’ve got a case on my new iPad, and it still feels super thin in my hands.

But where the new iPad really distinguishes itself is the Retina display. And I must say, it’s hard not to notice the differences improvements it offers. I mean, you’ve heard it all before, but text, images, video and everything else on the screen is unbelievably clear. Something as simple as browsing the Internet is a totally different experience with the new iPad.

So looking at the spec sheets for both devices, there are a few pretty big changes. However, in real world use, the one (and only) major difference that matters to me is the Retina display.

What do you guys think? Have you noticed any significant differences between the two iPad models in everyday use? Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter.

Thanks to Rachel for the question! If you think you have a question or thought that would make a good article, you can submit it to be part of Social Saturday in one of two ways. Either tweet it to me at any time with the hashtag #SocialSaturday, or comment on the Social Saturday post on our Facebook page on Saturday morning.

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