I’ve been reading a lot about the new iPad in the past day or two. Everyone that’s had any hands on time with the device marvels at just how big of a deal it is.
…and then there’s the critics – none of whom have spent any time with it.
You can read stuff like “Meh, it’s just an evolutionary device. There’s nothing special about it.”, and “Others have done it before. What’s the big deal?”. Those are the nicer things some people have to say.
This got me wondering: What’s an “evolution”, and what’s a “revolution”? After giving it some time I came up with – no real answer, so I’d like to submit the following:
The new iPad has the best screen of ANY mobile device, ever. Possibly of any consumer electronics device. Apple has increased the battery capacity by around 70%, while increasing the weight by about 8%, and the thickness by approximately 7%. The A5X, for what we know right now, is twice as fast as it’s predecessor, while pushing the quadruple amount of pixels. iPad has the fastest mobile CPU and GPU, and the most radios built into any mobile device. All this with the same battery life, and a price tag that no other competitor can match.
Will someone else best some of the features in the next couple of months? Probably. Will they surpass iPad in all features? No, and I’m not even going to mention the seemless integration with Apple’s other products and it’s ecosystem.
So yes, it’s probably an evolution, but one no one will be able to match this year, or next, while Apple is dutifully at work on the next iPad…think about that for a moment.