Buying and unboxing the iPad 2

I really did think about it for a long time, whether to buy an iPad 2 to replace my still-newish iPad 1.

I thought about it for about three days.

Hey, that’s long, considering that I would have tried to buy it on launch day had I not been thinking about it. After it launched, for three days, I looked at all the advice given by my readers, weighed pros and cons, and read reviews.

What decided me finally was reading about how, because of the new processor, cool apps will be made for the iPad 2 that won’t be able to run on the iPad 1.

I totally do not want to be stuck not being able to play some great new game that I must play!

 

iPad 2

 

Of course, even after deciding, I was still hesitant. It’s a huge cost, after all. The one I want, 32GB 3G, costs £579 (S$1174).

So I told myself, “Okay, I’ll walk down to the Apple store later and if they have one available, I’ll get it. If not, erm, I might ask Elyxia to buy one for me from Hong Kong. (lol)

I really wasn’t expecting the store to have it three days after launch. So it was quite an easy deal to make with myself.

I even waited till Piers knocked off from work at 5 pm so I could drag him to the store with me. Needed someone to either congratulate or console me.

We reached the store at 5:30 pm and started playing around with the display units. I couldn’t muster the nerve to ask if they had any in stock for sale.

Just 20 seconds after we laid our hands on the display sets, a guy walked over and the following conversation ensued:

 

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Apple salesman: Hi, is there anything I can help you with?

Piers: Yes, you wouldn’t happen to have any iPad 2s in stock now, would you?

Apple salesman: What version did you want?

Me: 32GB 3G.

Apple salesman: As a matter of fact, we do have that. Your timing is perfect cos we just received a new shipment an hour ago.

Me: Oh! Great!

Apple salesman: We’ve only got the black one, though.

Me: That’s fine!

(Two seconds of silence while he figured out if my response meant I wanted to buy it or not. My eager, expectant look finally tipped him off.)

Apple salesman: Oh, right! I’ll be back in a second with it.

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Is that miraculous or what!

This morning (about 10 am), Piers called up the store again (cos now he wants one) and they’re all sold out again!

They say they might get another shipment soon but it’s unpredictable. Might or might not.

So, anyway, just like that, I am a broke owner of an iPad 2!!!

Now I will do an unboxing, although I don’t know why anyone would want to see an iPad 2 unboxing because all Apple gadgets have the same stuff in their boxes.

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

Okay, I’ll do a bit more.

Here’s a physical comparison of the iPad 1 and 2 side by side. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you which is which.

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

iPad 2

 

Reviews will come later after I’ve had more time to test it out.

I’m happy and excited, although at the same time annoyed at Apple for releasing upgrades so freaking quickly. My iPad is only seven months old!

People have been asking what I’m going to do with the old set.

I don’t know yet! Sell or give away, depending on how broke or generous I feel when I get back to Singapore.

Anyone wants to buy it, though? =P

17 thoughts on “Buying and unboxing the iPad 2

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    I just got my iPad last week. =( if only I knew you were gonna upgrade to ipad2.. You can get a decent price for yr ipad1 as apple is still charging about 700 for it. (16gb with 3G) that’ll help offset the cost of yr ipad2!

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    If you are going to feel generous in the UK, you can leave your iPad to me! Hahaha. Save luggage weight =P So glad that you’re so happy here! Take care loads!

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    My peers remarked that iPad2 feels lighter than its predecessor.

    I’d use a tablet to read books (so I wouldn’t need to carry heavy books around!). After trying out an app called Molecules I feel it’s a useful tool to visualise chemistry.

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    @Sheylara: That pic with your reflection on the iPad screen is well-taken and gorgeous!:) Of course, that smile hides the pain of a rapidly decreasing bank balance, hehe:P

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    Do e-mail me the price and specs fo your ipad 1 I got a colleague interested in buying a secondhand one. Thank you

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    Hi Sheylara,

    If you’re keen on selling the iPad, I’m willing to buy it at $410. :) I’ve included my email for your convenience if the possibility of you selling it arises!

    Thanks!

    Bryan

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