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

Unboxing Alienware M11x

The Goonfather has a new toy!

There I was, busy doing my work, and he comes along and says, “LOOK AT MY NEW TOY!”

It’s still in the box at this point of time.

Alienware M11x

I said, “WOW!” to make him happy, and waited.

He repeated, “My new toy!”

I said, “Wow!” again and waited for him to open the box to show me.

He said, “Don’t you want to take photos of it???”

-_-”

So, here I am, doing an unboxing post to humour him.

Alienware M11x

So the first thing you see when you open the box is a nice, glossy box with strange characters on it.

Alienware M11x

The Goonfather asks, “Is that supposed to read ‘Alienware’?”

I said, “How should I know? As if I can read alien.”

I thought the machine was inside the box so I was excited to open it. But I was cheated. Inside it is all the boring shit like cables and installers.

Alienware M11x

The actual gem is hidden underneath the glossy box!

Alienware M11x

Nice.

Alienware M11x

Presenting the Alienware M11x!

Alienware M11x

Well, ok, I don’t have fancy studio lighting and equipment so I can’t take a nice photo, so here’s an official photo, instead.

Alienware M11x

According to the Goonfather, the alien head will glow when you turn the machine on. And you can change the colour of the glow in 256 colours!

The insides glow, too!

Alienware M11x

Okay, now I am so tempted to buy one for myself and make it glow pink!! And I shall bling the front if I survive blinging my suitcase in the first place.

Alienware specs for all you techies:

11.6″ WideHD 720p WLED (1366×768) display
1.3 mp web cam
8-cell primary battery
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU7300 (1.3GHz/800MHz)
Dell Wireless 1520 802.1 In Half Mini-Card
500GB 7200RPM P11 Hard drive
Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth 2.1
4GB Dual-channel 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Nvidia GT335M

It is a beautiful, wonderful, compact gaming machine!!