As you all know, I'm a big gadget geek, and I'm a sucker for the latest/greatest toys. I bought the iPad the day it came out, and the iPad 2 also. I'd pre-ordered an iPad 3 (which is where things started to go wrong), and ended up returning it in the 14-day trial period, and have gone back to my iPad 2. Here's why: My iPad2 3G, 32gigs is more or less my constant companion. It's my calendar, my quick-reference guide, my kindle reader, my primary e-mail device etc. etc. My only real complaint about the iPad 2 is the screen resolution is a little low when I'm reading a lot on it. Not hideous, but it's visibly un-sharp, and its a little hard on my eyes eventually. I was very much looking forward to the iPad 3 screen - the retina display in my iPhone looks amazing, and bringing that to the iPad seemed like a big win. I knew the iPad 3 would be a tad heavier and thicker, but it didn't seem like a big deal relative to the LTE wireless, and the high-resolution screen. However, in the end, I took the iPad 3 back, and have gone back to my iPad 2. Turns out that despite a ton of marketing, AT&T isn't actually offering LTE in Seattle yet. My fault for not checking more-carefully - I knew they were calling their network '4G' in places they didn't yet have LTE, but didn't really chase it down. The retina display was indeed gorgeous, but I didn't always notice the difference - the iPad 2 display is truly excellent, and in times when I *wasn't* using it as a reader, the retina display didn't make much difference except to say 'hey, that's really sharp!' The real deal-killers were a VERY long charging time, and the extra weight/thickness. Charging the iPad 3 took forever - up to 5 hours on its own charger, 9-10 attached to a Mac laptop port, and apparently never on other USB chargers. The battery is 70% larger than that on an iPad 2, and charging times seem to have gone up in direct proportion. The extra weight wasn't really all that big a deal, but I'd been holding my iPad 2 several times a day for a year, and every time I picked up the iPad 3, my instant reaction was 'hey, that's kinda thick and heavy!'. The exact opposite of my iPad 2, where every time I pick it up, even after a year, my reaction is 'wow, that's amazingly thin!'. I also ended up feeling a bit jacked because I'd ordered the AT&T model the first day they were taking pre-orders, and Verizon announced a couple days later that they were including free WiFi hotspot capability on their iPad 3 plans. AT&T didn't follow suit, so I ended up really wishing I had the Verizon model. All of that combined into a returned iPad 3. I really want the retina screen and LTE capability. Those were more than enough to make the upgrade worthwhile, all other things equal. However, double charging times and feeling like it's a pudgy brick change the equation substantially. I'm considering trying one of the Verizon iPad 3 models, but for the moment, I'm pretty happy with my iPad 2. I may crack sometime this year, or wait for the iPad 4. We'll just have to see.