First new iPad reviews

The first reviews of the new iPad are in, and as expected they focus on the areas that are visually and experientially different from last year's iPad 2. The consensus is that the Retina display is blow-you-eyeballs-back-through-your-skull impressive, and the responsiveness and LTE networking amazingly fast.

Bloomberg's Rich Jaroslovsky says the new iPad is to the iPad 2 what the iPhone 4S was to the iPhone 4.

It isn’t that the new iPad lacks impressive features --most notably, a vastly better display and an ultra-fast Internet- connection option. It’s just that it seems designed to maintain Apple (AAPL)’s huge lead in the tablet wars, rather than to extend it.

Daring Fireball's John Gruber finally has the iPad he longed for two years ago.

The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What’s not to love? It’s that simple.

The Loop's Jim Dalrymple is impressed with the new iPad's day to day usability and awed by it's Retina display.

So, what did I like about the iPad? Simple — the experience. Nobody in the market today can touch the Apple experience.

Macworld's Jason Snell thinks that iPad 2 users shouldn't look at the new iPad, because it will be hard to go back.

The new iPad is just that: The iPad, updated for a new year and millions of new iPad users. It's not smaller or lighter, but it's got a remarkable screen, a much better rear camera, and support for cellular networking that can run at Wi-Fi speeds. It's the iPad that millions of people have embraced, only one year better.

The New York Time's David Pogue thinks the new iPad is less an iPad 3 and more an iPad 2S.

The new iPad doesn’t introduce anything that we haven’t seen before, either in the iPhone or in rival tablets. There’s no Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment here; Apple just took its white-hot iPad and added the latest screen, battery and cellular technologies.

SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen thinks evolution is more important than revolution for tablets.

Steve Jobs would have approved of the new iPad. With its focus on the holistic experience rather than individual boasts around its constituent parts, it’s the epitome of the Post-PC world the Apple founder envisaged. No lag or delay; no frustrating cloud settings or arcane minimum software requirements. Simply pick up, swipe, and you’re immersed in a joined-up ecosystem. Apple doesn’t need another revolution, it has already started one, and the new iPad brings a fresh degree of refinement to a segment in which it is undoubtedly the king.

TechCrunch's Mg Siegler says looking at the new iPad is like putting on your glasses and seeing the world clearly again. He agrees with our buying/upgrading advice as well.

Technology is amazing, and this new iPad is amazing. Also amazing: the only company competing with Apple right now in this particular space is Apple.

The Telegraph's Shane Richmond says the differences between the new iPad and the old iPad 2 are amazing, and also uses the glasses-on/glasses off analogy.

If you have been holding off getting a tablet then this is the one to go for. In my view, it's the best that money can buy. Existing iPad owners who are thinking of upgrading should take a look at this new device. You'll see the difference very, very clearly indeed.

USA Today's Ed Baig like the new additions, but doesn't seem to understand even Adobe's given up on Mobile Flash...

Pro. Stunning screen, 4G speeds (on certain models), decent dictation and improved camera optics. Strong battery. Apps galore. Con. Shooting with camera can be awkward. No Adobe Flash. No camera flash. No expanded storage.

The Verge's Joshua Topolsky still laments the lack of glance-able information on the iPad, but can't recommend any other table more highly. And the Retina display? It looks like a glowing piece of paper.

Minor gripes aside, the iPad remains best in breed when it comes to design and materials. Other tablets may have more ports or larger screens, but few can match the elegance, sleekness, or solidness of this device.

The Wall Street Journal's Wall Mossberg says the new iPad display is dramatically better and the content delivery is dramatically faster.

Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown.

We'll add more to the list when we find them, and will be providing our own, full on iMore review this weekend!