These are the times that try men’s souls.
Never has a tablet purchase so vexed the collective nerd consciousness of this great nation. And Apple doesn’t make it easy, does it? Its “new” tablet looks a hell of a lot like the old one, only heavier! It’s like Apple is toying with us.
But have no fear. Using a bracing mixture of logic and cheapskate wisdom, I’ll walk you though this paralyzing first-world dilemma.
For the first-timers
If you’ve never owned a tablet and you’re considering the new iPad for your first fling, think twice. You may be buying more tablet than you need.
Many of the new iPad‘s updated features are difficult to appreciate as a newcomer. If I showed you an iPad 2 and told you it was the new iPad, there’s almost nothing about the device to indicate that I’m lying to you. Without a frame of reference, the iPad 2’s screen and graphic performance are dazzling in their own right.
I know this sounds condescending, but the new iPad will be best appreciated by those who are upgrading from a previous model. It’s for us poor strung-out tech junkies who’ve built up a tolerance for iPad “magic” and need something stronger.