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New iPad is a dream to use — in short, I made it

This seems fitting: I’m blogging this entry on my new, third-generation iPad.

I am a first-time buyer, and I have to say I’m really excited to have made the plunge. I have wanted an iPad since its second iteration; when the first iPad was released, I really had no need for it. I wasn’t an executive and couldn’t justify making such a profound purchase on a device that, compared to my MacBook, could do so little.

Now, as a student heavily involved with electronic publishing, I knew getting an iPad was essential to my work. I remember when I attended the eBook Architects’ workshop last September, about 90% of those who attended had iPads, regardless of whether they were personal devices or on loan from their jobs. I knew I had to get one soon. (And in jest, Matthew Diener started a hashtag: #buyirisanipad.)

I kept my eye on rumor announcements and decided to wait. I would have been happy with the iPad 2, but I knew I would have kicked myself for not waiting to to get the new iPad.

Using this thing is a joy. Typing is easier than I thought it would be. Dictation is pretty sweet; I’m very surprised at how intuitive the iPad is in recognizing my voice and freezing sentences. (I just dictated that previous sentence; I meant to say “phrasing,” not freezing. As you can see, there are hiccups, but I’m going to blame my congestion.)

Of course, the resolution is absolutely fantastic. After first turning it on, I couldn’t believe how smooth the default app icons looked. The colors are rich and beautiful. I’m so happy I waited.

The only downside for me is having to repurchase apps I own for the iPhone when they’re specifically designed for the iPad. I know I can do the zoom thing, but the Retina Display is so clear and crisp that the fuzziness from the compromising distracts me more than anything. Other than that, charging the iPad takes a while, so I think my regimen will involve overnight reboots.

I even got the 4G LTE capable iPad, so I’m testing how I like using AT&T’s network here. It’s so freaking fast, sometimes faster than my connection at home. I might just have to get used to shelling $30 every month, because it’s nice.

In short, I’m pretty content with the iPad and do not regret this purchase. I can’t wait to start tinkering with ebooks and explore fixed-width layout more, and even (finally) work with iBooks Author.

Did you get a new iPad? What are your thoughts on the device?

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