So why should I consider such a crazy thing! I already have -- and LOVE -- my 3G iPad. It does so much stuff I sold my NetBook and rarely have to use my personal laptop for my computing needs. So is it worth it to go through all the inconvenience to have the new iPad in my twitchy little fingers on March 11th? Do I just order it online using my existing iPad and let them deliver it (free shipping) several days later?
Here are some of the features that I see are most beneficial to me (your mileage may vary):
- The faster A5 Chip. I cannot stress how important having a faster processor is. Having a dual-core CPU will allow me to use some of the newer features of the iPad that require more muscle. And it will make my current tasks flow much faster. I hate delays in app execution and I anticipate this will be signficantly reduced. Fast = Good!
- Ligher and Thinner. The new iPad will be 15% lighter and about 33% thinner than its predecessor. In fact, it will be thinner than the iPhone 4. While this will mean I have to buy a new case (the wife inherits my current cool cases), the ability to handle the device for longer periods without fatigue or awkwardness will be an advantage. I carry the iPad around practically everywhere I go so this is important to me.
- 65,000 iPad-specific Apps: This is a big thing for making the choice for going for the iPad rather than another tablet device. No tablet is worth much if the apps that meet your various needs do not exist. And in my opinion, iOS is the best mobile/tablet operating system currently on the market. (Android is cool, but it ain't iOS yet.)