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Does anyone know where I can get an iPad2 in Canberra?

By warmonga - 1 April 2011 42

I tried to buy one last Friday, but they sold out before I got there…

Anyone got any tips?

What’s Your opinion?


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Does anyone know where I can get an iPad2 in Canberra?
OpenYourMind 1:34 pm 01 Apr 11

These comments are making me laugh; particularly those by people who are more tech savvy yet just don’t get it. I’m a PC person and have worked in IT for 25 years as a programmer, administrator, project manager etc., and I’m far from being an Apple fanboi.

The iPad is a consumer device (and I don’t mean that in the materialistic sense), it allows fast easy consumption of books, music, news, technical information, games, web sites etc. I can sit in the couch, pick up the iPad and just use it – no booting up, no virus checking, no upgrade prompts, it’s just there. The user experience is flawless and simple. My non-technical mother can pick it up and use it straight away, yet she struggles to save a document in Word.

The iPad transcends the laptop/PC paradigm and is a whole new way of delivering information to the information consumer. That’s why it is SO important. That’s why it’s got every manufacturer of computing devices scurrying to copy. If it really was useless, broken, a fad, a toy for Apple-o-philes then other manufacturers wouldn’t be concerned. Instead it’s an ICT game changing device.

One of the interesting things I’ve seen regularly occur with the iPad is takes pride of place in the lounge and ends up being the most commonly used IT device. My wife hasn’t used her laptop in ages, but regularly uses the iPad. Wanna check the TV guide, research on the internet, read a book, read a magazine, check facebook or even check the RiotACT, then the iPad is there ready to instantly spring into action.

The biggest problem I’ve seen with the iPad is usually when one is in the house, everyone is competing to use it.

The people most critical of the iPad sound to me to be more smug than the supposedly smug iPad users are.

Deref 12:56 pm 01 Apr 11

troll-sniffer said :

Can someone who’s not tech-absorbed please try and educate us on exactly what it is that an ipad does for you?

Simple: it makes you cool.

Ozi 12:52 pm 01 Apr 11

troll-sniffer said :

Can someone who’s not tech-absorbed please try and educate us on exactly what it is that an ipad does for you?

*snip out of anti-ipad rant.*

I’m assuming your first question is rhetorical, because the next rant shows you really don’t want an actual answer.

Personally I think the iPad is very useful for a number of reasons:
– Excellent user interface, intuitive and simple to use (just go and youtube and watch all the babies who can use them fluently)
– Good screen for media, movies, web browsing, reading newspapers
– Very slim form factor, making it easy to use in various different situations

Before I get shot down as a “fanboi,” lets get a few things straight: I don’t own an ipad myself and think they have some shortcomings as well. However, I’m yet to see anything which so smoothly does the graphical user interface/hand gestures/slim form factor as well as the iPad.

The sales figures for iPads would suggest I’m not alone in this conclusion.

creative_canberran 12:45 pm 01 Apr 11

troll-sniffer said :

Can someone who’s not tech-absorbed please try and educate us on exactly what it is that an ipad does for you?

I’ve had a look at a couple that my techno mates proudly walked around with and I could see that they’re really good for showing people digital photos that they have to pretend to be interested in while they wait to show you Jessica and Caitlin’s 45 similar self-portraits taken at Academy the other night, scrolling backwards and forwards between apps that don’t really add anything to your lifestyle other than the number of apps you have loaded, checking the weather on BOM from deep inside your office rather than wandering outside, sending pointless emails to pointless friends just so they can see ‘Sent from my ipad’ on the bottom, checking what pointless daily drivel your facebook friends have posted on their walls or putting a meaningless ‘Like’ tag on someone’s inane opinion on something, all the while proving itself to be a bulky impediment to a carefree lifestyle.

It’s purely a consumption device, regardless of the marketing. The ergonomics coupled with no file system and problems with file compatibility for Office documents make it useless for much else. It does have some interesting niche possibilities. In medicine, hospitality and education. But for the mass market, it’s an expensive consumption toy.

Most surveys show that users mostly use the iPad for web browsing, email, social networking and… listening to music, the last one been utterly ridiculous.

One thing most of the media doesn’t report on is just how many people put their iPad up for sale after a short time finding it isn’t useful. It’s a high number.
Also not reported often is how many people who are buying iPad 2 are replacing an iPad 1, over 1/3.
Michio Kaku once said that there will be a time where computers become as disposable as paper. These tablets are fast going that way.

Davo111 12:41 pm 01 Apr 11

creative_canberran said :

Don’t buy it.

enough said really 🙂

– no flash
– closed (censored) marketplace
– no usb

hipsters and fanbois are going to suck the stock dry, so you’re not going to get one for a while.

inb4 fanboi defends ipad

troll-sniffer 12:27 pm 01 Apr 11

Can someone who’s not tech-absorbed please try and educate us on exactly what it is that an ipad does for you?

I’ve had a look at a couple that my techno mates proudly walked around with and I could see that they’re really good for showing people digital photos that they have to pretend to be interested in while they wait to show you Jessica and Caitlin’s 45 similar self-portraits taken at Academy the other night, scrolling backwards and forwards between apps that don’t really add anything to your lifestyle other than the number of apps you have loaded, checking the weather on BOM from deep inside your office rather than wandering outside, sending pointless emails to pointless friends just so they can see ‘Sent from my ipad’ on the bottom, checking what pointless daily drivel your facebook friends have posted on their walls or putting a meaningless ‘Like’ tag on someone’s inane opinion on something, all the while proving itself to be a bulky impediment to a carefree lifestyle.

Totally useless on anything that even distantly resembles a nice bright healthy sunny day, and even the much vaunted e-reader function is really pretty crappy when compared to the advantages of a crisp clear and detailed paper magazine.

Still, as part of our evolution, a strong innate desire to jump on bandwagons and follow the crowd is in our genes, and the poor Apple tragics obviously have this in a far more lethal form. We should just pity them.

creative_canberran 12:05 pm 01 Apr 11

Don’t buy it. Dodgy parts, overpriced and the thing crashes more than Windows 98 on a Dell.
No one has any, there’s no new stock coming into the country for 3 weeks. Even then, only going to pre-order customers.
But seriously, iPad?

Keijidosha 12:03 pm 01 Apr 11

Chaz said :

wait a few months for iPad3

then a few more for iPad4

etc

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apple

Chaz 11:48 am 01 Apr 11

wait a few months for iPad3

then a few more for iPad4

etc

Deref 10:39 am 01 Apr 11

There’ll be millions of Fondleslab 1s available for a song as Jobsian cultists eschew their previously-worshipped icons for the shiny new minor upgrade that is Fondleslab 2.

Holierthanthou 10:37 am 01 Apr 11

Sorry, these are only available to the righteous chosen ones.

johnboy 10:26 am 01 Apr 11

Oh so very many of them. The fondleslab *is* sexy.

FD10 10:25 am 01 Apr 11

This is surely an April Fools joke. No one is stupid enough to buy an iPad.

Holden Caulfield 10:12 am 01 Apr 11

There’s Mac 1 outlets at ANU, Canberra Centre and Fyshwick – have you tired them all? Then I guess try David Jones, JB Hi-Fi etc. Shouldn’t be too hard to work out the retailers who might stock them.

Sammy 10:01 am 01 Apr 11

They’ve got them at that shop in the Canberra Centre that also sells unicorn tears.

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