I have been pondering an iPad purchase for a few weeks now. I read many threads on iPad 2 vs the new iPad in the Macrumors forums. Honestly I was scared to death of all of the "issues" that people were bringing up within the different threads. After having and using it heavily for a couple of days I can say many of these problems do not exist on the one that I have. The retina screen looks unreal. If you are on the fence I would say pay the $100 you will not regret it.