Maybe I am a lemming, maybe not. At any rate, I did go out yesterday with a plan to purchase an iPad. I will start by saying that I loved my iPhone, the only reason I gave it up was AT&T. Had the iPhone been on Verizon, I would have kept it. I see a lot of potential with the iPad, as well as the other tablets, I also see a lot of gaps. I decided to write about my initial experience, before it faded into fanboi bliss.
The act of getting an iPad would seem to be the easy part, but it wasn’t. The nearest Apple Store is not as close as a BestBuy with an Apple Kiosk. So I went online to BestBuy.com and made sure they had the model I want in stock. I fiddled around for another hour or two, called Rich to partake in the “experience”, and then headed on over to pick one up. When I got there, I was told that they did not have it in stock; naturally I commented on the error on their website. I was then told they do have them in stock but Apple won’t let them sell until Sunday. All because an advertisement is coming out on Sunday and they need them in stock for that. As Rich and I were leaving the store, a manager overheard us talking and asked us about it. To BestBuy’s credit, the manager (I wish I had remembered her name) did everything she could to see if one could be released. No luck there, so it’s off to the Apple Store.
The Apple Store was a zoo! I don’t remember ever seeing so many people there. Despite all that, Apple has the sales process down and we were in and out within 20 minutes. Now I have an iPad, go ahead and call me a lemming; you know you want one too. 🙂
So after powering on my Windows virtual machine and loading iTunes, I proceeded to activate my iPad. The process was pretty striaghforward, just like an iPod or iPhone. Now the fun starts.