Hey new iPad owners, can you tell that it's heavier than the iPad 2?

An iPad on a scale

Now that the new third-gen iPad has hit the streets, how many of you recent owners find it heavy compared to the iPad 2? We're seeing at least a couple of people in the forums that are agreeing about the difference. Of course, if you're upgrading from the original iPad, there's going to be no contest, but it's a much closer call with the iPad 2.

The new iPad is about 51 g heavier than the iPad 2, totaling 652 g, and adds less than a millimeter in thickness (0.6 mm, to be exact) to achieve a 9.4 mm profile. Much of that growth can be attributed to the new battery which stores twice the power of the iPad 2 only to achieve the same lifespan. Of course, there's also the new Retina display which may have added a bit of thickness since the pixel connectors are now on a separate plane, but I doubt that contributed much to the weight difference. By comparison, the biggest current competition on the Android front is the Asus Transformer Prime, which manages to keep its weight down to 586 g and maintain an 8.3 mm thickness.

On paper, it doesn't look like the dimensions have changed a whole lot from the last generation, and I imagine most folks who upgraded to the new iPad from the iPad 2 will quickly forget about the weight, especially once they're distracted by what the extra RAM, pixel desnsity, and graphical processing can offer them. Still, how many of you new owners can notice the change? Do you think it will impede your usage in any way (however significant)? Speaking of weight, how about the balance? Do you find the new iPad sits in the hand as well as previous models, or has the distribution change enough for you to notice? Leave a comment here, or join the discussion in the forums!

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Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

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