Not enough to get me to upgrade, but there’s some surprising features, namely that it’s thinner. The original device isn’t what I would consider overly thick. That’s being done with a CPU that’s twice as fast, and with, they are claiming, nine times the graphics performance. This still preserves a 10 hour battery life. Front and rear facing cameras were an expected new feature, as was a better speaker. The better speaker is welcome, because it is a serious deficiency of the iPad. Smart covers I could care less about.
When the iPad first debuted last year, I was skeptical of it, since it just seemed like it was a big iPhone. It wasn’t until I tried out a friends that I realized a big iPhone actually works pretty well as a device for consuming media. I tend to use it to catch up with blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. I also use it for watching Netflix and games. The shortcomings are mostly that it doesn’t give me a good way to keep my life integrated between devices. If Apple can create a way for me to access what I’m doing on each device (iPad, iPhone, MacBook, Desktop) seamlessly, that would be great for my work flow. MobileMe helps a lot, but it’s not nearly as smooth as it could be.
The big question I’m facing right now is whether to get a Verizon iPhone 4 now, or wait for the iPhone 5, supposedly this summer. I’m trying to imagine what more I’d want a smart phone to do, and I’m hard pressed to come up with anything. Just about everything else I can think of is a software and integration issue. Though, I know if I go out and get the iPhone 4 right now, the iPhone 5 will debut with the ability to warp time and space, and I’ll be kicking myself for not waiting.