Hi all... I struggled to decide whether or not to buy an iPad now given the possible release of a new iteration with somewhat better specs and form factor. I placed this under the "resolved" sub-thread because my struggle to decide on whether to buy the iPad or wait for the new one is indeed resolved! I went ahead and bought the iPad 4 today (and an accompanying smart cover) and its been a few hours since I have been setting it up. I also got 3% off the Selling price + a GBP 35 voucher to use in the App Store, which made the cost to me palatable. One thing that I did not think was expensive are the apps. They may be 4-6 quid each, but they do add up. The voucher was/ is a great help here. My first impressions: Disclaimer: I already own and extensively use a Nexus 10 and the Surface RT. Compared to the Nexus, the iPad seems a little heavier. In fact, it seems closer in weight to the Surface though I have not yet checked their exact weights. The back of the iPad definitely feels odd to touch as compared to the plastic back of the Nexus and the VaporMag back of the Surface. Comparatively, I prefer the tactile experience of the Nexus and the Surface as compared to the iPad. The back-cover of the iPad is too...how should I put it...metallic!!!! I would have preferred a jet black anodized back cover...but hey...that's for a later point in time (if Apple releases one, that is). In terms of speed, the iPad is quick! It is similar to the Nexus and I would be hard-pressed to declare either one a clear winner. Both, on the other hand, are much faster than the Surface. Setting up the iPad was not a problem at all. I am discounting the initial fumbles I made given that this is my very first exposure to iOS. But what did catch my eye was the slickness of the apps that I have downloaded thus far. For example, before I bought the iPad, I used to use the Nexus for reading my PDF books. While I had a number of apps - like ezPDF, Acrobat etc., I preferred Mantano, which I thought was great. But that was till I downloaded and used Goodreader. PDF Expert and iAnnotate. Together, they make the experience of reading PDF documents a pleasure!!!! I also liked the virtually seamless way the Skydrive app works in iOS (I must admit I was a bit surprised). The Dropbox integration is also excellent and I am looking forward to exploring its capabilities a bit more.I also downloaded Notability (and have a Wacom stylus on order). I can't wait to markup my PDFs!!!! Mail set up - two personal mail accounts (Gmail and Outlook) and one work-related mail account - was a breeze. It just works, which is something that I do appreciate. All in all, it was a pleasant experience - both while buying the tablet and the post purchase setup. I am sure some of you will say that I should have waited for the iPad5, but my work demands that I need a tablet that is conducive to reading. Yes, it is a bit heavy. But I can deal with that. In so far as the iOS is concerned - coming from Android and Windows - it does feel rather pared down. But the flip side of that is that it is very simple to use, which serves the target market well. Oh...and I don't like Safari! I wil be downloading Chrome on the iPad - as it has all my bookmarks, etc. (hopefully, the passwords will work too!). That's about it for the moment. Cheers! PS: Mods, sorry if this is in the wrong sub-section. If necessary, please do feel free to move this post around. Thanks.