The most popular tablet in the world recently got an untimely update. At the iPad Mini event in October, Apple surprised most by updating the 9.7″ iPad to a fourth-generation version which includes a faster CPU, a new connector, and a better front-facing camera. Many third-generation iPad owners and those that are considering the iPad wonder if now is a good time to buy. Well, we’ve spent the last several months with the iPad 4, and now that the buzz of its newness has worn off, we wanted to circle back and talk about how the newest 9.7″ iPad has stood the test of time. First, be sure to check out our in-depth speed comparison between the iPad 3 and 4.

When considering whether to buy the iPad 4, also consider this: the iPad 4 is a strange in-between product. It’s the third iteration of the same design, and it’s very likely that in 2013, Apple is going to change it. And that’s encouraging, because the current 9.7″ iPad design is thick and heavy, uncomfortably so.

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