So I now own an iPad – does it really integrate into my methods and routines? – Acquisition

Though generally skeptical of a tablet, having seen numerous ones touted over the years and never gaining any traction then quickly faded away, I now own an iPad.  There are a number of reasons why it happened (curiosity, the need for a short term replacement while waiting for a new laptop hard drive…), the biggest being the desire to acquire a new toy that could prove useful for work and home.  At the very least, it would be entertaining on flights.

Like all good bouts of instant gratificationitis, a ridiculous quest was launched to acquire a 64GB wifi only iPad.  Over to the Apple store – nice, convenient, and out of stock for at least a week.  Somehow, I didn’t get the sense that they were all that concerned about adding to the cache of the device via a real or perceived product shortage.  Had the local Apple store “genius” (I’ll save that word usage for another post) call several other stores and surprise, every store had the exact same wait time.  “They all come from the same warehouse” is what the “genius” said.  That’s a pretty good story, and they were definitely sticking with it….

Did manage to pick up a MacBook power supply for a coworker though, so the trip wasn’t a total waste, though the Apple logo taunted me the entire ride home.  All 6 minutes of it.

Fortunately, there is no motivation like instant gratification and frustration with Apple.  I’ll teach them a lesson then, and locate somewhere else – like the Apple online store. 3 week back order.  OK Amazon has had Apple product in the past – I’ll get it from there – I can wait for the free 2 day shipping.  A quick search, there it is, and     4 weeks back ordered.

Last chance now, a visit to the Best Buy web site – looks good, showing in stock, but I’d rather go to one of the dozens of stores near here today!  Should be easy, their site isn’t bad, and can fairly reliably check local stock.  No luck, but expand the search and Delran shows it available, but strangely, it can’t be ordered for pickup!?!

Call the store – YES, THEY REALLY HAVE ONE.  As in only 1 left.  Won’t put it aside either, even if I promise to be there in an hour.  More pleading and I guess I sounded desperate enough that the pleasant person on the other end of the line agreed to hold it for an hour.  Not a problem, as I needed to head to New Jersey for a meeting anyway.  Over to the store, catching the beginnings of rush hour traffic, and they did have it waiting.  Bought it and ran to the meeting.

Now that I’ve had it for almost a month, it’s time to start putting out an attempt at a fair assessment of the iPad

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