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iPad 2 Still a Hot Commodity

by ARLnow.com April 8, 2011 at 9:40 am 2,922 40 Comments

Apple’s iPad 2 has been on sale for nearly a month now, and they’re still selling out around the country.

The Apple stores in Clarendon and Pentagon City are certainly no exception. Customers in Pentagon City started lining up as early as 5:00 a.m. this morning to get their hands on the coveted tablet. By the time the store opened at 9:00 a.m., the only iPads left were the 64 gigabyte version with Verizon connectivity — the most expensive model at $829.

Arlington’s Apple stores get iPad shipments every weekday, according to employees, meaning that the early morning scene at the store today gets repeated daily. Before the store opens, employees will hand out claim tickets for those in line, entitling them to no more than two specific models in stock.

  • BrownFlipFlops

    The NY Times says there’s a noticeably large black/grey market trade in iPad2s that may be contributing to those lines:

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/ipad-2-quickly-nurtures-chinese-resale-market/

  • CW

    BAHHHHHH BAHHHHH!!!!

    • BoredHouseWife

      Came here to say this.

  • I have yet to hop on this train. Most of what I need for work is PC only and I’m fine with the better desktops and laptops. My phone is Android and it is absolutely wonderful. Apple schmapple. Overpriced. It was nice to ride the stock price upward though. Thanks all you Steve Jobs worshippers who trade in your products with every new release!

    • R.Griffon

      To each their own. I swore I’d never buy an iPod b/c I couldn’t understand paying that kind of money when there are so many other MP3 players on the market for a fraction of the price. And I’ll never buy a Mac because I’m also a gamer. But when the iPhone 3GS was launched and included an integrated GPS I saw a saw features that I could genuinely use while reducing the number of gadgets I’d need. So I bought one (my first smartphone) and now I couldn’t live without it. I’ve tried a couple of those Android knockoffs and they just don’t seem as intuitive. Maybe it’s just me.

      I thought iPads were kinda silly too, but after my netbook was stolen and I started thinking about replacements, I started thinking an iPad might do the trick. If all you really want to do is surf, e-mail, play games, and watch movies, then the ease of use, form factor, and battery life can’t be beat. But it’s certainly not a work device. For that you need a PC.

      • The iPhone 4 is a freaking joke.

      • JamesE

        Androids are good but the platform is way too fragmented and all the hardware is atrociously designed, they look terrible.

        • I don’t see that.

          • JamesE

            platform fragmentation or hideous phones? Google is starting to clamp down on their “openness” to curb the fragmentation. As for the look of the phones that is mostly my opinion but they are ugly.

          • There isn’t anyone as closed as Apple. And, my phone isn’t ugly but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, huh? I’d not say iPhones are ugly either, rather just an overpriced product.

          • R.Griffon

            The “closed” nature of it never bothered me, as long as it does everything I need it to do. Plus we’ve all grown accustomed to cell phones being such (prior to Android). You know what DOES bother me? The friggin’ proprietary connector for power and data transfer. That thing sucks. Have they ever heard of Micro and Mini USB? I hate that if I ever forget my proprietary cable on a trip, or if I’m just in a pinch (like a dead phone at a friend’s house), I’ve got to either go out and buy another one or just be screwed.

            That’s a blatant “revenues above product features” decision. (/rant)

          • I will certainly agree with you about the cable. I have the one expensive cable that came with the phone. I ended up buying a few much less expensive knock-offs to keep in various other locations just so I can transfer data and charge without having to pay the piper. If you trust Chinese knock-offs, ebay is your way to go. I’ve had no problems so far.

          • RosRes

            After 3 consewcutive Blackberry’s I just switched to the iPhone 4. I hated the Blackberry. Web use was on an emergency basis only. It took me about a minute figure it out and I love it. Email, texting, web browsing all super easy. Even the Managing Partner at my firm and several other attorneys have all switched. Of course having work buy it does take out the sting. I’m also planning to download music, etc. This is not to say that Anroids aren’t cool too. I just made a personal choice.

          • R.Griffon

            Do people really buy phones for how they LOOK? Beyond high school? All I care about is what it DOES, and how well. In fact the very first thing I did when I got mine was to put it in arguably the ugliest case I could find (an Otterbox).

            But then again I’m tragically unhip, so maybe not the best person to ask. Before my iPhone my last phone was the one you got for free for signing up, which I’d got like 7 years earlier. It didn’t have a camera, browser, music … it pretty much just made calls. Which was all I cared about at the time anyways.

          • JamesE

            Look is always a factor when I purchase an expensive device, I don’t want it looking cheap and adorned with Verizon logos, something apple forbid.

          • I’m with you RG. I’m so unhip I’m trendy again. My phone is for functionality and ease of use. Those who have one as an accessory would cringe that I don’t like to use the soft keyboard and actually got a slide phone with a real keypad. My old fingers and eyes love it.

          • borf

            Never heard so much worry over a phone.

          • R.Griffon

            Who’s worried? People just like to talk about gadgets.

          • Lou

            I think borf has phone envy. Phenvy.

          • RosRes

            Just to be clear, I bought the phone based on its functionality and ease of use. There many things (like reading documents and using the web) that were horrific on the blackberry, and I found the iPhone easier to use than the alternatives.

      • My Android has integrated GPS and having the Google Maps navigation is wonderful when you have to travel the area often. It is flawless. I can’t complain about my Android at all. I suppose there are less apps for it, but it seems all the apps I need are on both platforms.

        • R.Griffon

          Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure I would’ve looked at a Droid if they were available at the time (this was a couple of years ago) as I just wanted something that met a list of requirements. I don’t have anything against them, I just didn’t intuitively understand how to use it and navigate as naturally as the iOS. You probably just have to get used to it.

          And re: apps, I think the difference between having 1,000,000 and 100,000 available to you (or whatever it is; I have no idea) is effectively nil. Once there are enough to do everything you want to do (maybe 50 max), the rest are moot.

        • MIchael H.

          +1

          My Samsung Galaxy-S smartphone works pretty well. The Spotcycle GPS app (for use with Capital Bikeshare) is available on Android. So is real-time Google Maps.

  • mehoo
    • RosRes

      That’s hysterical! Thanks for making my morning. 🙂

  • Lou

    So that’s what all those tools are doing in front of the Georgetown store every morning this week at 7:30.

  • R.Griffon

    I don’t really understand the appeal of standing in line for more than 20 or so minutes in order to pay retail price for some type of consumer good. Same thing with when the Xbox and PS3 came out … people camped out for days. Or they’ll camp out for something that launches at midnight. I just don’t get it.

    The only people I DO understand are those standing in line so that they can buy one and sell it to some other sucker for double the price on eBay because they’re in short supply.

    • mehoo

      Heck, people are standing in line for CUPCAKES these days.

      • R.Griffon

        Heehee. Yes. That too. Maybe we should tell them that Hostess makes cupcakes too. And you can usually walk into any 7-11 and buy one without waiting in line. Or the supermarket! On second thought, I’d probably stand in line for cupcakes too if I thought I couldn’t get them anywhere else. That and bacon. And beer.

        [Flash of inspiration] I got it! THAT’S what we do with all these new retail spaces opening up! Someone should open up a BACON shop. All bacon, all the time. Crispy, delicious bacon served in just about every way you can imagine. With beer.

        • How about beer produced from bacon? We’ll call it Hog Stout.

          • JamesE

            Hog Snout Stout

          • With every Hog Snout Stout purchased you get an orange Hostess Cupcake.

          • CW

            I’d take one over a Georgetown cupcake any day.

  • charlie

    if these poor people actually had comptuers, they could order one online.

    • Ben

      Your looking at a 2~3 week wait for ordering online. Some people want it now.

      • directorsdaughtr

        Do people not understand the point of “postponing gratification” any longer? Apparently they only know of “instant gratification.”

    • JamesE

      also being sold at bestbuy, target, and walmart.

  • notahoo

    More proof that people are basically sheep.

  • Bob

    By the time they get their stupid iCrap, the next version will be out and they’ll be right back waiting in line again(!)

  • MIchael H.

    I have it on solid authority that the utility of the iPad decreases by 46.873% if you buy it on the 2nd week that it is available in stores. If you wait two more weeks, the utility decreases another 18.594%. If you wait two whole months, it may not even turn on at all.

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