said by Octavean:
I'm kind of surprised to hear you kept your first gen iPad. I eventually sold my first gen iPad some time after upgrading to the 3rd gen when it was new. So I skipped a gen. Having them side by side was interesting and I could tell the difference in performance for some tasks.
Heh, I actually skipped two
generations -- upgraded from the original iPad to an iPad 4 when they came out. That was effectively why I kept the old one so long. By that point the original iPad had lost a lot of value and I decided to keep it to use for word processing at night when I don't want to break out an i7 laptop. However, I was stymied by the fact that there is frak-all for decent word processing apps on iOS. I've tried 'em all. They all suck. One of them has horrible input lag with Bluetooth keyboards, another has lethal bugs that render your files corrupt or crashes at random, another doesn't do styles, another doesn't render inline images. On and on. Couldn't take it.
That was the thing that really pushed me into a Win8 tablet, but I've found lots more to love since then (like the Wacom digitizer -- how awesome).
I may end up liking the Samsung ATIV enough that I look to replace it with something a little more versatile, like the Asus tablets you mention.
But yes, I too noticed that the performance difference between the iPad 1 and iPad 4 in many ways is quite stark. I was surprised to discover less of an impact from the high-DPI display than I expected, though, after moving up to a high-DPI phone. But then the iPad's screen is a lot bigger and we spend our time with our eyes further away from it.--
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