There are tons of post touting how great or the incremental upgrades to the new iPad launched last week. I will not pretend to be some sort of technical guru rehashing, undoubtedly better reviews. In this post, I want to give the perspective of the everyday user. As an iPad 2 user, I read the reviews, looked at the specs and then I looked at everything again trying to justify in my mind spending a good amount of money for the new device. I've even been to Apple store several times to check the retina display. Ultimately, even though I was not overly impressed with the upgrade I decided to drop down the cash and took it home. What I found when I got the new toy into the real world surprised me. Beginning with the display, I was extremely unimpressed with the retina display in the store. It just didn't seem to make too much of a difference to my normal eyes. The iPad 2 has a 1024-by-768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) compared with the newest model boasting 2048-by-1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi). That's double the pixels but even with the Apple Store employee attempting to show me how impressive the new display was, I just couldn't see it. There was not, in my mind, enough of a difference to justify upgrading. I really didn't need it and my iPad 2 was working just fine doing everything I needed. I'm chalking up my initial impression up to the "reality distortion field" emitting from the store. As soon as I set my new iPad free, the difference in the display was more than obvious. Starting by backing up my 2 then setting my new iPad up using that backup, I was able to compare the things I was using everyday, not the demo stuff on the store models. Wow, how crisp are the graphics. It's not that the display on my 2 is bad, in fact it's nearly perfect, but the new display is fantastic. The next thing I noticed was the speed of the new device. Yes, this is expected, it's new and not bogged down by 2 years of accumulated junk. The processor is a Dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics vs the iPad 2's Dual-core A5 so that alone is going to change the speed of the machine. The most notable speed change that I saw was with wi-fi. On paper, the Wi-Fi chip appears the same as the one used in both the iPad 2 and iPad 3, but Apple talks about support for channel bonding, which allows speeds up to 150Mbps. I don't know what that technical jargon means but in the real world what it meant to me was much faster downloads of movies, music and program updates(of which there are many). There are a lot of things to like about the newest addition to the iPad line-up. Next up, I'll compare photos and battery life.