This week everyone went gaga over Apple new iPad; across the country long lines were reported on Friday. By Saturday most stores were sold out, for good reason the iPad is a great piece of technology. I was one of the fortunate that was able to purchase an iPad 2 on the first day and I did not have to wait in a long line. How did I do it, I went to my local Verizon Store at the Glendale Galleria the day before the iPad was released. I spoke to one of the sales associates and traded phone numbers, the next day I made several calls to her to see if there was a line forming. To my surprise there was no line at the Verizon Store, I arrived at 3pm and for the next thirty minutes I was by myself. I wondered if I was there on the wrong day, or at the T-Mobile store instead of the Verizon Store. A smiling Verizon rep assured me I was at the right place and I would have a choose of any iPad I would want to purchase. I picked the black iPad 2 with WiFi and Verizon 3G. It took about thirty minutes to purchase the phone and have it up and running. I decided to taunt the poor souls waiting in line at the Apple Store on the second level, walking by the endless line and saying, "wow I just got my iPad at the Verizon Store and I did not have to wait in line." At that moment half the line went running down stairs to the Verizon Store, of course I did not tell them Verizon was sold out. It was time for me to leave, I did not want to make the 11 pm news, "man gets mugged at the mall after telling customers at the Apple Store Verizon has iPads and no lines".
Does the iPad 2 live up to the hype? Yes, it does, it is a responsive as a sports car, fast and nimble. The screen is bright, the touch screen responds to my fingers, no need for a keyboard or a mouse. I did not need to read a manuel the size of the yellow pages, the iPad is intuitive like any product made by Apple. The only real issue I had was where to connect my headphone, a very kind sales associate at the Apple Store explained to me how to connect my headphone, the jack is located at the top right conner of the iPad.
When I got home, I attached my iPad 2 to my MacPro, iTunes launched automatically, taking me through several simple steps. When the process was completed, my photos, music, books and all my other stuff was sync to my iPad. When I opened iPhoto my library of pictures looked awesome on the screen, even Apps that were not designed for the iPad functioned and look great.
Take the iPad 2 for a spin at your favorite electronics store, see for yourself what the hype is about.