Molesting The New iPad (3)

I went and molested the new iPad (3) this morning.

Apple is now so far ahead of everyone else, it’s not even a contest anymore.

I don’t care if you’ve already seen a Retina Display on the iPhone 4 or 4s.

Seeing it on the iPad is an entirely different experience.

One that will ruin your eyes for every other tablet and device screen.

I really thought that Samsung had excellent screens. After the iPad 3, every single one of them look like crap. Colorful and vibrant, but still crap. I looked at the 10.1 and 8.9 and 7 Plus tablets and they no longer impressed me.

I looked at the Blackberry Playbook and laughed. I looked at the Kindle Fire, considered its limited functionality, and wanted to set it on fire.

Surprisingly, the only screen that still holds up is eInk! I guess that’s because the grey background tends to fool the eye and it’s mainly text. No, it’s not Retina, but it’s not an offense to the eye — yet.

But for every other tablet out there with a color screen? Their value has just plummeted!

They all look blurry now.

Two things:

1) Even at $399, I wouldn’t buy an iPad 2. I don’t care if that’s all you can afford. Keep saving. The $100 difference is more than worth it. I couldn’t stand looking at the nearby iPad 2 screen after the 3.

2) I don’t see how Apple can do a smaller 7.85″ iPad unless they match this display resolution. Really, I could not stand looking at the iPad 2 screen after using the 3. That screen just seemed so primitive now! People will not want to settle for lower resolution even for the sake of portability. Who wants to carry around a smaller iPad only to have to tell people, “But you really must see this photo on the bigger iPad. It’s so much sharper!”?

iPhoto is the first thing that I’d really call magical. There were a bunch of sample photos in it. I randomly picked one of a woman near some water. There was a small pool of black water off to the side. I chose to Lighten it and was amazed. iPhoto knew not to go beyond the borders of the pool of water as my finger rubbed over that area. When I was done, I could see large rocks that’d been previously hidden! Magic!

I did my PDF tests. I had about thirty-two screensnaps that I mailed to myself. They never escaped the Outbox. The iPad kept complaining about an invalid password for iCloud (which the Store had to furnish). It kept whirring to retrieve mail, kept failing, and misled me into believing it was actually dispatching my emails. They still haven’t arrived. They probably never will (I think Apple resets the demo iPads at night).

PDF tests:

1) The Internet Archive version of Processed World took near ten seconds to display a page. And that was just its initial appearance. It would then take more seconds to deliver a startlingly-crisp image. I had hoped the quad-core GPU would overcome the JPEG2000 image compression but — at least in iBooks — no such luck.

2) The modified PDF of Processed World I did was a frikkin speed demon! The bottom row of thumbnails generated surprisingly fast and I could move from page to page smoothly and quickly. It’s too bad the PDF had to be ballooned to 14MBs for that speed! But here’s another thing: Even though I changed the images from JPEG2000 to JPEG and also reduced the DPI of the JPEGs to 100 dpi (from 300), the pages at display size looked fantastically crisp and clear. Until, of course, pinching out. But the text is readable at actual size — which is what I want — still looking like the original print, and it’d be rare for me to want to pinch out to enlarge.

3) Success: A Novel from Google Books was odd. It’d take a second to render a crisp page — but the way it did it was screwy and inconsistent from page to page. For example, some pages smoothed out from top to bottom. Others smoothed out in regions. I don’t know why. The one-second delay is irritating to me. Remember, I want to read. I don’t want to move to the next page and have to wait for the top sentence to unblur first (yeah, I know you’ll say eInk flashes for a second, but that can be undone these days). I don’t know what’s going on here. Again, this was iBooks. It’d probably work fine in a dedicated PDF program like GoodReader. But I couldn’t try that. Still, I wish Apple could work this out. Most people will have only iBooks to try for PDFs in-store and it needs to impress the hell out of them. The iPad — especially the 3 — is the first device to make Google Books practical for reading.

I couldn’t get my demo model to auto-rotate, no matter what I did. And yes, I went into Settings and saw nothing there that was locking rotation (the side button was being used for Mute). Eh, shit happens. The Apple Store was a madhouse overrun by the Chinese and I was using a demo model near the entrance. And I was so into it, I didn’t want to move to another iPad. Since I never got my screensnaps, I might visit again and — after being certain sending email works — duplicate these PDF tests.

As others have noted, the iPad gets warm in the lower left corner. Not hot, but you’ll notice it. That must be some monster battery in there.

The camera is crazy. I couldn’t believe how close-in I could get to things without having to invoke a special Macro mode! I don’t care what people say — blah blah blah, people will look like dicks using a tablet to take pictures — people will, if they have their iPad with them and in hand. The camera is bloody amazing. I wish they’d put in the iPod Touch too (of course they can’t; the Touch is too thin).

The weight of it bothered me. OK, so maybe I haven’t held an iPad for so long a time that I’ve gotten unused to it. Still, I’d probably prop it on my tented legs while lying on my back. Or keep it on my lap while reading.

Afterwards, I went to Best Buy, where I encountered the Samsung tablets. I’ve already said what I thought at the beginning of this post.

I made a special trip to J&R, though, because I wanted to hold and see the screen of the Archos 80 G9 Turbo. It has an 8″ 1024 x 768 screen — at 4:3 too! — and I wanted some idea of what a 1024 x 768 7.85″ iPad screen might be like. But I was thwarted. J&R no longer had the 80 out as a demo model. And I couldn’t ask them to unbox one of the 250GB HD models for a ten-second look (yes, I do have limits). I’ll have to wait until they get in the next model. If I still have any curiosity left.

And I might not. Because, dahyum, that iPad 3 screen just wipes the floor with everything else. Once you see it, you won’t want anything else. You won’t be able to tolerate anything else.

Apple wins again.

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8 responses to “Molesting The New iPad (3)

  1. jameskatt

    I got mine at Target! No waiting! I got the 64Gig 4G one. :-)

    Wow!

    Best Tablet computer in the world!

    It finally makes READING so much more fun than the iPad 1 and even iPad 2. It’s the clarity of text – the printed quality of it – that makes this so.

    Only on the iPad.

    • mikecane

      That’s what people don’t get. They need to see it for themselves. It’s totally different than seeing it on the iPhone.

  2. I have been avoiding actually looking at the damned thing, but that won’t last as I know one or two will show up at the office. Just reading articles like yours is causing my iPad2 to begin blurring a bit. Going to try to stay strong on this one…

    Here’s a thought. The rumour mill has the next MacBook Pro becoming an Air-like device. We know Apple is gradually merging IOS features/functions into OS X. So what if the Macbook Air Pro shows up with a retina screen? Or, and this pushes it a bit, a Gorilla Glass retina screen, keeping the trackpad, and adding touchscreen features? Intel’s efforts to help makers of Windows laptops produce Air-like devices gets smoked and Windows 8 on laptops suddenly has a very questionable future.

    Interesting times.

    • mikecane

      I think Windows 8 tablets might have a future, killing Android ones. We’ll see. And I’ve been waiting for a touchscreen iMac for ages. Still a way out, it seems.

  3. Shock Me

    I was second in line Friday morning at my Local target and got the WiFi 64GB iPad (3). Unfortunately on Sunday I ran into a gentleman who owned the 4G LTE ATT version. My Samsung LTE hot spot routinely gets 3-12 Mbps. His new iPad as pulling in 40 Mbps. I immediately said holy crap! Then. I smacked my forehead very hard. That iPad was as fast as my cable modem at home!

    At least I could smirk when I remembered that his data plan was capped at 5 GB/month.

    • mikecane

      Yeah, speed doesn’t matter much if you use up the damn cap in one day!

      • James

        I was getting AT&T LTE today in Boston on my new iPad. I had two bars and got 15.5 Mbps down. With my 250 MB data plan, that’s about 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Good thing I’m almost always in range of WiFi.

  4. Adrian Diaz

    It’s not a “monster battery” in there in that corner, that corner is where the PROCESSOR is, the battery is actually all over the bottom of the iPad.

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