I brought a iPad1 soon after release and could not justify a purchase of a 2 with such a short period between the release dates. Fast forward a year and a half and the 3 (or new ipad as Apple want to call it) arrives. I had been thinking of getting a video camera and the iPad 3 came out at the right time to save on this. The front face camera is OK in quality but the rear one is super quality and playback on the retina screen shows vivid colours that have to be seen to be belived. The only negative is no zoom (you can download a free zoom app) and in bright sunlight the screen is hard to see, also low lit indoor areas are grainy, these are not design faults so no points deducted. The iMovie app is great with easy video editing, thou it should be free as with Apples policy on its other hardware. IOS 5.5 is functional and the keyboard has a voice typing ability and a bind key funtion that is brilliant. IE you can bind your email address to a combination of leters, mine begins with 'M' so if i type 'mm' it will give me the option to select my full email address. The hardware is quality but the Apps make it the only choice for a tablet for me. With super fast processing power and long battery life i cant see what Apple wil do next.