I took part in the apd13 test and liked the new apd but decided to pick up a PD2012 instead.
They do play similarly but I've found that the pd is a bit softer on the arm. I found that the PD offers more feel overall than the new apd.
It's not soft per say but it is softer than the apd. I'm using full poly strung in the mid 40's and that helps as well. I feel like I'm getting good feedback from the stringbed, much more so than in any of the babolats I've owned in the past.
If you like the Babolat feel, it may be worth taking a shot on one.
At any point were you approached by a man in a poncho offering peyote?