As mentioned in the newsletter (link) my iPad3 came in earlier, so I snapped some pictures of it, along with the Xoom, Kindle Fire, NOOKtablet, iPod Touch 4 and my cat.
The quality of the pictures isn't the greatest, sorry about that. I still have to set something up to get a better lighting and such, but the pics at least give you an idea of what it looks like:
The iPad3, fresh out of the box
The iPad3 is shipped pretty good. The shipping box is sturdy, and the iPad3 box itself is pretty strong as well. The lid fits on quite snug, so it took a bit of shaking to get it off.
iPad3 Boot Logo
Thankfully the iPad3 came with a charge (about 85%) so I could start it up right out of the box.
iPad3 First Start
Booting didn't take too long. Speed was about similar to that of the Xoom. An interesting thing I noticed that when you turn on the iPad3 the first time, the slider has Japanese characters. Once you slide, the language is set to English by default though.
After working yourself through the setup, wifi, Apple ID stuff you get to the home-screen.
During setup, I did not enable Location Services, and when I wanted to change my time-zone to correct the time, I could not manually adjust this setting. I looked for a bit, but the only way I could find was to enable location services, which updated my time correctly, and after that, I turned it back off. It is probably something I missed.
Tools4Movies.com website on iPad3
Of course, the first thing I did was to see how my own website looks on the iPad3. With its display, I can tell you it looks great
iPad3 and iPod Touch 4
Of course I did a quick compare of the screen with that of its (now almost 2 years old) little brother, the iPod Touch 4, which features similar screen (Retina) technology. For text, both look really nice.
Kitty love with iPad3
While trying to take pictures, my cat (the inspiration for the DVD Catalyst name, as well as the cat-eye logo) wanted to see what was going on.
Kitty Cat iPad3 Owner
And decided to take ownership
iPad3 next to Xoom, Landscape mode
After asking nicely, he did let me snap some comparison shots of the iPad 3 with other tablets and devices I have. Above one with the Xoom.
iPad3 next to Xoom Landscape
Size-wise, there isn't actually that much difference between the Xoom and the iPad3. The iPad is a lot thinner though.
iPad3 next to NOOKtablet
Of course with the 7" tablets like the NOOKtablet, the iPad is considerably larger. I really do believe Apple missed the boat in terms of portability with the iPad, but supposedly a smaller version will be released later this year.
iPad3 next to Kindle Fire
Above a picture with the iPad3 and the Kindle Fire. Amazon's Kindle Fire is currently, in my opinion, the only Android-based tablet that can take on Apple's iPad and hold its own.
Of course spec-wise and modding-wise, there are plenty of better tablets out there, but only Amazon offers a full-package like Apple does. Apps is one thing, but using the same account for books, movies, tv shows and music makes both the iDevices and the Kindle Fire stand out above the rest when you are looking for a media content device.
Xoom - iPad3 - NOOKtablet - Kindle Fire - iPod Touch4 Group Shot
And a picture of all of the ones above together to give you an idea of the size of them