iSpy: iPad 2 hard to find, but worth it
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Mar 18, 2011 | 4433 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s tough being a nerd in a town not high on technology.

My gripe comes from the experience of acquiring the second-generation iPad on the day it was released.

First of all, I’m a bit peeved at Apple for not providing preorders for the device online. I would have been more than willing to wait a couple of days to have the piece of mind that one was on its way.

The company instead made the product available to purchase on the day of release at 3 a.m. The awful timing, combined with the wait in shipment, convinced me to try and nab one locally.

I mean, I’d have a Best Buy, a Target and a Wal-Mart within arms reach of one another. Surely I’d be able to score one without an issue.

Not so much.

I had planned to head to Best Buy first as they were using a ticket system. Employees were handing out vouchers that would allow the purchase of an iPad at 5 p.m.

No worries crossed my mind until I pulled into the parking lot at around 4:30. A small line had formed in front of the store.

The chances of getting a device were still very high, as many websites had reported that the chain would get 150-200 for each store.

Well, not this Best Buy.

I found myself in the 17th spot of a line that could only fulfill 15 wishes.

Drat.

Off to Target, then.

The electronics department had six people in a makeshift line of sorts. One gentleman kept asking me if they had any of the 3G models. I shrugged.

Finally a sales representative comes to the line and states that the store did not receive its expected shipment.

More disappointment.

The final opportunity was at Wal-Mart. I’d read that many stores in the chain had only received five or so units. The clock was quickly approaching the top of the hour and I feared the units were already spoken for at this point.

Luckily, I was wrong.

No lines. Quick service. In and out.

I’m happy to say the wait was worth it.

Apple’s second tablet computer is fantastic. The slimmer design and faster processor are more than worth the price to upgrade, in my opinion.

Holding the tablet in your hand feels much more natural. It’s easy to relax in a chair while holding the device in one hand and reading an ebook.

Both cameras turned out to be quite a disappointment. The rear camera only shoots still photos in a resolution under one mega pixel. That pretty much renders capturing pictures with the iPad useless.

The cameras do work well shooting video. The rear camera will shoot in HD at a 720p resolution. The iMovie application allows for instant video editing straight from the iPad. Now you can shoot a family video and post it to Facebook in record time.

One of the real marvels is Apple’s Smart Cover. It acts as a screen protector that can be manipulated to serve as a stand. The cover has magnets that keep it attached to the device. Closing the cover will put the iPad to sleep and opening will wake it back up. So cool.

I’ll have an in-depth comparison between the four major tablets in the near future. I can already tell that the iPad 2 is the cream of the crop, and should not be missed by lovers of tablet computers.
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