New iPad Hands-on: Seeing is Believing [Video]

We just picked up the new iPad, available March 16th starting at $499, and could sum up the visual experience in a word: whoa. The text on the Retina Display is so sharp that we could barely believe our eyes. In fact, the app icons on the 2048 x 1536-pixel screen almost seem like they’re floating above the 9.7-inch panel. During our brief hands-on time with the tablet, we were impressed with the improved color saturation as well (44 percent better) which made for more vibrant reds on and rich photos in the new iPhoto app.

At 1.4 pounds, the new iPad has a bit more heft to it than the iPad 2’s 1.3-pound frame. Whilee we noticed the difference when we picked up the device, we don’t think it’s enough to deter shoppers from picking one up. The new iSight camera also impresses. Thanks to the backside illuminated sensor, we took a shot of our Canon camcorder on the display table at the event that was quite sharp.

So, just what else is this display good for? During a demo of the Sky Gamblers sky fighting game, we were blown away by the level of the detail in the planes but also the water effects down below. The new A5X chip, which has quad-core graphics, kept the action running smoothly.

We haven’t yet had a chance to test the new iPad’s 4G LTE speeds or the 1080p camcorder capabilities, but you can be sure we’ll be putting the new iPad through its paces once it goes on sale.

See the new iPad’s improvements in display sharpness and color saturation in our hands-on video. 

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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