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The new iPad: a review roundup

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On Friday, Apple will begin selling its latest iPad – a sleek machine with an improved 5-megapixel camera, a faster processor, and a much better display. So how does the new iPad stack up to the iPads of yore? Let's go to the scorecards. 

The design 

"Apple has been able to keep the shell of the new iPad almost exactly the same as the previous iteration," writes MG Siegler of TechCrunch. "It’s ever-so-slightly thicker (0.37 inches versus 0.34 inches), which you can only really tell when you hold the two at the same time. The new iPad also weighs slightly more than the iPad 2 (1.46 pounds versus 1.36 pounds — for the cellular versions), but the weight difference is basically indistinguishable."

The antennas

"The new iPads are the first iPads that access the 4G or fourth generation data networks being deployed nationally (but not everywhere) by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, each with variations on how wireless is delivered," writes Edward Baig of USA Today. "The test machine, a Verizon model that taps into the company's 4G LTE network, was really zippy in a week of testing in San Francisco and Austin. Downloading apps was quick, including previously purchased apps that had to be accessed through Apple's iCloud service. Web pages loaded much faster than on an older iPad running 3G."

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