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#1 of 255 Sam Posten

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Posted March 04 2011 - 03:16 AM

So let's kick this off.


Official page:

http://www.apple.com/ipad/ (note not ipad2!  That page is not found)


iPad2 officially goes on sale at 5PM Friday May 11th, a week from today.


You CANNOT pre order.


You CAN buy from the Apple store, Verizon Store, AT&T store, Best Buy and Walmart


There are 18 different SKUs

AT&T 3G 16, 32, 64 BLACK

Verizon 3G 16, 32, 64 BLACK

WIFI only 16, 32, 64 BLACK

AT&T 3G 16, 32, 64 White

Verizon 3G 16, 32, 64 White

WIFI only 16, 32, 64 White


If, like me, you have an unlimited data plan that you are grandfathered in on AT&T and wish to use that SIM card in a new iPad2, you can do this easily by simply just moving the sim to the new iPad and putting the virgin one in the old iPad and selling it off.


Instructions on that here:
http://discussions.a...tart=0&tstart=0


Discussion on it here:

http://forums.macrum...d.php?t=1101578


(note:  As of today I am still not sure if I am upgrading or not.  If I can sell my 64GB 3G with case for $550 or so it's a done deal, at $500 I'll have to give it a strong shot, $450 or less not gonna do it.  We'll see how Craigslist goes, I do have a friend who is interested, if I sell to him it will certainly be for the low end, which is fine with me.  Selling to strangers tho?  NO MERCY!!!!  =p  )


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#2 of 255 DaveF

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Posted March 04 2011 - 04:27 AM

You CAN buy from the Apple store, Verizon Store, AT&T store, Best Buy and Walmart

Good news! Because of our Reward Zone credit card and more convenient location, BB is a slightly better purchase store for us.


Waiting for details on Verizon 3G plan.


Plan to buy a 16 GB 3G iPad 2 at launch. It's not unlikely I'd buy a 64 GB 3G iPad 2 this summer, unless iPad 3 rumors get serious traction.



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Posted March 04 2011 - 06:49 AM

FWIW:  I got my original iPad 3G, no waiting, no fuss, no muss on day one by showing up at the Soho Apple Store 5 minutes before closing.  I was in and out with my iPad and Apple case in 5 minutes.

It wasn't really planned -- I was between a Tribeca Film Festival screening and a concert at Joe's Pub and just managed to grab it.

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Posted March 05 2011 - 10:29 AM

NO Target, they have the cuurent iPad?
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Posted March 06 2011 - 12:40 PM

http://www.macworld....data_plans.html Macworld has a summary of Verizon and AT&T data plans. I can trust they're right since I've not seen this elsewhere. It complicates my decision as they're not the same.

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Posted March 06 2011 - 02:36 PM

After some consideration, I think I'm still getting a Verizon iPad. There's no comment on activation fees, so I'll assume there's no nonsense as with Android tablets.


And on our car travels, there are significant AT&T deadzones. I want to be cheap and save $5 per 3G usage, but that's the compromise.



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Posted March 07 2011 - 06:43 AM

Holy cow, how did I miss this.

http://www.apple.com/ipad/smart-cover/


Halfway down the page, use the 'hand' for the animation.


Surprise and delight indeed!


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#8 of 255 Nelson Au

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Posted March 07 2011 - 07:44 AM

I couldn't find the Gallery on Apple's site for the iPad 2. I was curious how that cover attaches to the iPad. Maybe the hinges are attached by magnets too. Knowing how the designers keep the design clean, that would be my guess, no obvious signs of attachment points.


edit: Nevermind, I found the video, it does appear to magically attach to the side. Very cool.



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Posted March 07 2011 - 08:11 AM

Yup, plus the magnets are available for competing covers from third parties, too!  I'm not sold on the protective nature of the Smart cover yet, I think I want a 'grippy' bumper to grab on to that wraps around the edge of the pad and secures a cover to, but I can't wait to try out the smart covers myself.


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Posted March 07 2011 - 01:32 PM

Verizon vs AT&T data rates

AT&T is up to 2x faster than Verizon on large-file downloads and on uploads. But Verizon typically comes close for YouTube videos.


http://arstechnica.c...to-the-test.ars

http://www.engadget....-iphone-review/

http://www.wired.com...hone-speedtest/

http://www.wired.com...t-iphone-tests/ (click the pins on the map; what a stupid way to present the data)




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Posted March 07 2011 - 02:55 PM

Pretty much mirrors my testing in the Midwest. Had one of my colleagues perform side by side testing of two phones in the Bay area in the last week and came to the same conclusion.



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Posted March 07 2011 - 03:28 PM

Iwas shocked to find that Gazelle offered me $530 for my 64gb with 3G and I've accepted their offer. I have 30 days to ship it and they sent me a prepaid feces mailer via email so i will get my ipad2 this weekend then swap sim cards and ship out the old one. Anyone need a first gen iPad case in great shape, cheap? :)

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Posted March 07 2011 - 03:29 PM

Damnyouautocorrect!!!!!! Fedex -> feces lmao....

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Posted March 07 2011 - 03:32 PM

Yikes, I just saw the email notice and my jaw dropped. :laugh:
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Posted March 07 2011 - 03:42 PM

Best autocorrect error!!! :D

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Posted March 07 2011 - 03:44 PM

Not sure I follow you, what notice Tony, a HTF subscription or something else?

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Posted March 08 2011 - 01:31 AM

If anyone is considering using Gazelle I finally found a promo code after it was too late for me.  Maybe it will work for you, no guarantees:  iPadToday

via:

http://forums.macrum...d.php?t=1107123


More info for those thinking about it:

http://forums.macrum...d.php?t=1106924


Can't get to this link from here but think I saw it last night:

http://mac.blorge.co...le-the-old-one/


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Posted March 08 2011 - 01:38 AM

Not sure I follow you, what notice Tony, a HTF subscription or something else?

I get an email after every post you make Sam. :P Actually I get an email after every post anyone makes in a topic that I've posted in.has a BTW, nothing in those links mentions anything about what Gazelle is that I could see. Is it a web site?
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Posted March 08 2011 - 01:58 AM

Yup, Gazelle.com - you tell them what you have and what condition you consider it to be in, and they tell you how much they will pay.  The NYT gave them a thumbs up today:

http://bits.blogs.ny...quickly-online/


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Posted March 08 2011 - 02:07 AM

Ok nice, I have a white iphone 3gs, let me see what they want for it.
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