This is not meant to be a review.
I received my new iPad (white, WiFi, 16GB) about 19 hours ago, eight of which I spent sleeping.
So here goes:
– Apple shipped, as usual, faster than promised. It was supposed to get here on the 3rd of April, but I received it on the 28th of March.
– I’m torn about the color choice: I had the first gen, and the iPad 2 in black. White looks great, and is much less prone to showing fingerprints on the bezel. Still, right now I’m not sure if I won’t exchange it for the black model.
– With iOS 5.1 and all the apps I had on the iPad 2, my 16GB is down to 1,4GB of free space. This may be reason enough to upgrade to the 32GB for an extra 100 Euros. I say “may” because I really don’t use about half of the apps I installed yesterday. Time will tell.
– That screen! OMG! You really need to see it to believe it. It’s awesome, eye-popping, brilliant.
– It came with 78% battery charge. Setting it up, downloading my apps and magazines, customizing, and playing around for about four hours drained it to 44%. So that’s 34% in 4 hours of very heavy use on WiFi. Seems like it will easily deliver the 10 hours on a full charge that Apple’s promising.
– Performance. I have about 40 apps open, 10+ Safari tabs (no reloading observed), etc. Everything runs fine, even with a graphics intense game like Air Supremacy (demoed at the iPad event) in the foreground. No stuttering, no glitches, no hang-ups, no crashes, no complaints.
– Apps look great, even the one’s not yet optimized for the new resolution, but the upgraded apps are breath-taking. It’s like you’re actually touching the app.
– The camera takes great shots. Very similar to my iPhone 4. I actually like taking pictures on the iPad – the screen is a great viewfinder, and it helps that the button for taking pictures moves to the right side.
– I didn’t notice the increase in weight and thickness so far. It’s very comfortable to hold and work with.
– No heat issues for me for now.
– Dictation is a great addition to the iPad. It works really well, even in german.
That’s it for now. I will write a real review once I have had a few days with it in the following days.