I’ve suffered a lot of computer presentations and am wary of them. Here is somebody demo-ing (is that a word?) a new digital projector. She clicks on the switch. Nothing. Click, click, click. Still nothing.

I’ve suffered a lot of computer presentations and am wary of them. Here is somebody demo-ing (is that a word?) a new digital projector. She clicks on the switch. Nothing. Click, click, click. Still nothing.

I’ve seen this so often, I’ve come to expect it. The only thing demonstrated is Murphy’s Law. Then again:

I clicked on a review by PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan, “Hands on With the New iPad.” This is Apple’s new tablet that went on sale Friday. He scored one at the company’s big roll-out show.

Sascha in the video is enthusiastic. He really wants to dig this pad, its new high-definition Retina screen, its dual-core processor speed, even its price ($499, same as its predecessor, but the 3G model is $629.99 and 4G is $829.99).

“The new apps really take advantage of the Retina screen,” he said, punching the icon for Autodesk Sketch Book. We wait, we wait.

“Some of the new apps are really big. They can take some time to load,” he said. We’re still waiting.

I’m yelling at the screen, “It’s crashed!” He finally presses the reset button, explaining, “OK, too long.”

Then he edited a photo, saying he was going to add more saturation to the flower’s color. “There,” he said. I noticed absolutely no change. Zilch.

He wanted to compare the new model to the former one, but said, “We’re not allowed to compare them.” A journalist not allowed to do something? Forget the Apple Nazis and just compare the two tabs already.

The climax came when he showed us how easy it is to send an email. You just speak into the screen, and the tablet converts it to text. He was really asking for it this time.

“Hi, this is Sascha at PC Magazine,” he said in into the iPad.

The tablet took a few long seconds and then wrote back, “Call Luigi’s PC Magazine.”

“Hmmm,” he said, “well, the room’s a little noisy.”

I’ll say. In his written review, he’s a trifle more concise, mentioning the new iMovie SnapSpeed movie trailer maker as “an almost embarrassingly cheesy gimmick.”

Otherwise, he really adored it and suggested an upgrade for all from iPad 2 bought just months ago. Oh, but he said not to call it iPad 3. “Just call it iPad.”

There’s no good reason on earth why, except for Apple’s PR office. I call it an iTablet 3 in conversation, because I’m ornery.

Sascha needs a martini after all this. Maybe it will work tomorrow.

Contact Jim Hillibish at jim.hillibish@cantonrep.com.