SAN FRANCISCO ( TheStreet) -- Despite two surprise details that warmed an otherwise cool, drizzly morning in San Francisco -- the appearance of CEO Steve Jobs and an earlier-than-expected ship date -- Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) unveiling of the iPad 2 Wednesday was somewhat mild, largely in-line with what analysts and other perceptive tech watchers predicted.
Apple gave event attendees the chance to lightly handle its new device, a couple dozen of which were spread out in a small room across an outdoor alley from where the iPad 2 event took place.
Our time spent with the new iPad in no way constitutes a full review, but it did allow us to experience most of the improvements. First and foremost, there's the actual feel of the device, which at 8.8 millimeters thick -- 33% thinner than its predecessor -- seems a little less unwieldy to lift and carry around, and its straight back sits better in the palm and on laps.
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