So, I made the upgrade today. I'd been holding off since having the ipad 2. I've had the ipad 1, then got the two (and sold the 1) and ended buying the ipad 3 and really loved the retina display, but found the overall weight the machine heavier than the ipad 2 and honestly, couldn't justify the move. When the 4 came out I thought about it but decided to wait till what I knew was going to be a major form factor change - ala the mini. We've got a mini too, but I find the text on the screen just a TAD small.. So, today I made the jump to the ipad AIR and it's PRETTY great, not SUPER great just PRETTY great. Yes, the size and weight is now almost perfect. I couldn't imagine it any LIGHTER but it could be just a tad thinner around the edges. I think in the next iterations of the phone and ipads (probably next year on the phone but not till 2015 on the ipads) we'll probably see the SIDE bezel just go away and have screen all the way to the edges. It's of course very snappy, but compared to my normal usage on the ipad 2 it's not LEAPS AND BOUNDS snappier. I don't run a bunch of processor tests so I can't say exactly how much more snappy it is, but there is no lag and no waiting for nothin'. But, lets' just talk about the screen for a moment. Of course for me now it has the retina display and yes everything on the screen is very sharp and clear, but when I compare it to my ipad 2, it's not CRAZY sharper and not CRAZY more clear. I don't think I have a bad screen per se (okay, it IS a bit too blue tint for my taste and colors seem a TAD washed out) but I think what this says is just how GREAT the ipad 2 display WAS... it really was a great device and when I compare them side by side, netting out the retina elements, I actually prefer the ipad 2 screen? CRAZY I know right? I really expected to just open it up and say "wow, that screen is SICK" and just put my ipad 2 back in its box with the accessories and ship it off to its new owner) What is going on here? too much expectation of not enough actual change? I've tried to do a number of screenshots to compare the two, while looking at the same mountain IOS 7 background, it's clear there is more contrast and color detail on the display of the ipad 2, but when I do screen captures of both of them and them email them out and review them on my retina macbook pro, they look pretty much IDENTICAL so the image as the ipad computer sees it is X but the way the screen DISPLAYS it is Z.. This is a DMPL..serial display, so I'm not sure which screen manufacturer that is, and the older Ipad 2 is a DQTFD...serial and i'm not sure who made THAT screen. Are we going to be in the situation again with display manufacturers in that one has to find what they want but with the right SCREEN manufacturer in order to get the best overall result?