A few minutes with the new iPad

After the iPad event ended, I had the opportunity to test out the new device and see if it really was as good as it seemed in the demos.

It really is.

It’s impossible to put into words just how good the Retina display is on the iPad. It’s not just images that look sharper, it’s text too. Reading a Web site or an iBook on the iPad’s display is incredible. Even the home screen on the iPad is crisper and sharper than I expected.

The iPad seemed quite a bit faster in doing tasks too. For example, looking at photos and scrolling showed no lag at all.

One of the great announcements for me was iPhoto and seeing that on the Retina display was amazing. iPhoto has the potential to really change the way a lot of people use the iPad.

The form factor of the iPad itself hasn’t really changed much. It’s still sleek and light-weight, but with all of the new features this is going to sell like crazy.