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18 March, 2012

New iPad: Worth the Wait?

New iPad: Worth the Wait? [VIDEO]
By Sonia Paul For Masable




The third generation iPad is officially here, and fans all over the world braved the early morning today to wait in line and get their hands on the new tablet.

Line lengths varies around the world. More than 400 shoppers waited outside an Apple store in China, while more than 200 would-be owners stood in line outside an Apple store in Boston. Still others claimed to only have waited just 10 minutes, or not at all, for the clock to strike 8 am local time and the doors to open.

Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak waited in line to grab the new iPad. He didn’t have to, of course — the company habitually offers him any new device he wants. But as he explained to What’s Trending, he’s fond of the “real-world” experience that comes with owning a new device.

“More than anything else, it’s just sort of like it’s become a ritual, almost. Because I’ve done it so many times, I’m doing it again…I’d rather be in there and be genuine like the real people,” he said.

Clearly, both sleep and money were sacrificed in droves. But here’s the question: Is the third-generation iPad really worth the lines and the buzz?

Mashable‘s Christina Warren joined the crowds to survey the HD tablet herself. A “drool-worthy” display and an amazingly fast 4G LTE network are just some of the first impressions she noted for the new device.

The iPad’s sharp camera was another prominent feature. Comparing it side-by-side with the iPad 2, its superiority was undeniable.

So, what do you think of the new iPad? Was it worth the wait and the hype? Let us know in the comments.


BONUS: The View From the iPad Line [PICS]

The View From the iPad Line
Mashable reader Rafael Savino shows off the view from 2nd in line in Houston.

The View From the iPad Line
Our own entertainment editor and Apple enthusiast Christina Warren waiting in line at Best Buy in Union Square.

The View From the iPad Line
The Best Buy line at Union Square in New York.

The View From the iPad Line
The Best Buy line at Union Square in New York.

The View From the iPad Line
The Best Buy line at Union Square in New York.

The View From the iPad Line
Line veteran Christina Warren, hanging in there like a champ.

The View From the iPad Line
The Best Buy line at Union Square in New York.

The View From the iPad Line
Best Buy rolls out the new iPads, just moments before they go on sale to the public.

The View From the iPad Line
Best Buy rolls out the new iPads, just moments before they go on sale to the public.

The View From the iPad Line
Best Buy rolls out the new iPads, just moments before they go on sale to the public.

The View From the iPad Line
The newest Apple store in Grand Central Station in New York had a line that wrapped outside.

The View From the iPad Line
The line at the Apple store in Grand Central Station.

The View From the iPad Line
The line at the Apple store in Grand Central Station.

The View From the iPad Line
After waiting in line, this guy shows off the prize for his patience.

The View From the iPad Line
Benjamin Satterfield got to hang out with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak while waiting in line in Los Angeles.

The View From the iPad Line
Mashable reader Jennifer Shaw shows off "the remains" of her morning.

The View From the iPad Line
The cards specifying the specific desired model were procured, as Mashable reader Charles Brewershows off.

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Another line in Florida after already letting 100 people in the building, according to Mashable readerJosh Sizemore.

The View From the iPad Line
Twitter user pltprincess captured this line, which she described as "standing room only.' Someone looks comfortable though!

The View From the iPad Line
The payoff is sweet for Mashable reader Maury Page.

The View From the iPad Line
CNBC field reporter Jessica Golden shared this picture of the line at Apple's flagship store in New York.
Post Copide By Muhammad Usman Arshad From Mashable

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