The new iPad will be available starting Friday (most likely for a short time) as consumers are expected to be waiting in line to get their hands on the anticipated upgraded Apple tablet. The reviews of the new iPad are already piling up by critics online.

So what are some of the critics saying?

The Verge's Joshua Topolsky, it's not the new iPad's outside, but its inside that counts. The new iPad's upgraded inner workings and long-lasting battery life make it even more "stable, reliable, speedy, and long-lived" than its bar-setting predecessor.

This bold declaration by TechCrunch's MG Siegler pretty much says it all: "Once you see and use the new iPad, there will be no going back."

The New York Times' David Pogue was a little less enthused by the new iPad, which he saw as a polished version of the iPad 2.

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