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

warmonga 1 April 2011 42

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

Anyone got any tips?


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Mysteryman Mysteryman 9:49 am 04 Apr 11

drewbytes said :

Mysteryman said :

I work in a creative field and it would be beneficial for me to be able to show photos/video/design work to clients on something like an ipad but it’s not convenient for me to do so. Everything has to be linked through iTunes (which is an absolute dog of a program) and there is no easy, simple way to drag and drop photos/design work/video/pdfs onto the device.

Yes, there is a very easy way to do this and I do it using DropBox but there are other programs that do similar things. You simply drop files you want into your dropbox folder and it syncs them to the iPhone or iPad. No itunes involved. It’s all very seamless and easy to do.

Thanks for the suggestion, but there are two things I don’t like about that solution. Firstly, I’d rather just get a piece of hardware that allows me to drag and drop natively, as well as delete and manage the files/folders from the devices itself. Secondly, according to wiki , “the Dropbox client enables users to drop any file into a designated folder that is then synced with Dropbox’s Internet service and to any other of the user’s computers and devices with the Dropbox client”. I’m not at all interested in having my work on someone else’s servers or their cloud computing system. I understand that may be beneficial to some people but for me it’s further convolution of what should be a simple, straight forward process.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 8:11 pm 02 Apr 11

Sproogle77 said :

I’ve struggled to understand the point of an iPad, but those comments about using it as a media consumption device, rather than trying to imagine it as a true laptop or notebook substitute make sense.

Whether it’s iPad or an Android tablet their practical use is as a coffee table internet and I’m sure most people can appreciate having access to it from the comfort of your sofa. Laptops are just a bit too clunky, and if they are of the right size (netbooks) the screens are too small.

But you should first check that all the sites you need to visit works on the device (internet banking, bill paying sites, auction sites, sites with flash, etc)

The other is as a storage and display unit for your personal album and home videos.

Music, movie (i.e not home vids), games? Baaaaaaaaah.

Sproogle77 said :

(though I’m not doubting that various Android devices will be at least as good and probably better), partly because of their sleek design – but also partly because of the huge amount of hype and free publicity that pushes the competitors into background obscurity.

I know people think iPad’s competitor is Android, but Android is targeted at a different market, mainly the geeks and those who appreciate the difference between the two. If you can’t tell the difference then you should definitely get an iPad. The smooth interface of iPad is nexr to none (though there are small annoyances such as pages not appearing immediately when scrolling)

peterh peterh 2:25 pm 02 Apr 11

one left at domayne. well, it was at 11am this morning.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:15 am 02 Apr 11

I got one for Mrs Bastard as she has had some quite major sugery, and has been laid up in bed for a month. It’s been such a boon.

Taken for what they are and not compared to things they are not (laptops/netbooks) they have their uses, and those uses they are pretty bloody good at.

We may even upgrade.

Sproogle77 Sproogle77 10:08 am 02 Apr 11

I’ve struggled to understand the point of an iPad, but those comments about using it as a media consumption device, rather than trying to imagine it as a true laptop or notebook substitute make sense.

What I still struggle with is how much free publicity Apple get for their products. Pretty much every day for the last couple of weeks the Sydney Morning Herald website has featured a story on the iPad – from reviews to the angst of consumers when stocks ran out – as ‘front screen’ news.

The competitors will come along and quite possibly fail. Partly because of the intuitive ease of the Apple interface (though I’m not doubting that various Android devices will be at least as good and probably better), partly because of their sleek design – but also partly because of the huge amount of hype and free publicity that pushes the competitors into background obscurity.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 8:13 pm 01 Apr 11

Try Flipboard on an iPad; no more discussion necessary.

vg vg 8:10 pm 01 Apr 11

I reckon you could probably get an iPad2 from an iPad2 shop

2620watcher 2620watcher 7:52 pm 01 Apr 11

My mate walked past the queue’s at MAC1 and straight to the counter of BigW picking one up for $50 less than the RRP everyone else is paying

creative_canberran creative_canberran 7:31 pm 01 Apr 11

I challenge anyone to use the iPad than the 11″ Macbook Air and see which one is more productive.
For everyone who says they watch movies on their iPad, that 9.7inch, 4:3 screen is a total rip off for that, particularly compared to the true 16:9 screen on the Air. Factor in the costs of accessories and fuelling the pre-paid data and a Macbook Air makes more sense.

drewbytes drewbytes 7:10 pm 01 Apr 11

Mysteryman said :

I work in a creative field and it would be beneficial for me to be able to show photos/video/design work to clients on something like an ipad but it’s not convenient for me to do so. Everything has to be linked through iTunes (which is an absolute dog of a program) and there is no easy, simple way to drag and drop photos/design work/video/pdfs onto the device.

Yes, there is a very easy way to do this and I do it using DropBox but there are other programs that do similar things. You simply drop files you want into your dropbox folder and it syncs them to the iPhone or iPad. No itunes involved. It’s all very seamless and easy to do.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 6:05 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?

All the things that I find a bit too awkward to do on my smaller iPhone screen, meaning they would get done, as opposed to stacking up waiting for one of those rarer and rarer occasions I sit down in front of one of the ‘real’ PCs at home.

And having ditched the newspaper in favour of a number of RSS feeds on the phone over breakfast, I’d probably read a few more of the articles on the larger screen. (Big ‘like’ for the MobileRSS app.)

Also make it a bit easier to see those darn aliens on X Invasion…

Clown Killer Clown Killer 6:03 pm 01 Apr 11

The Apple stores themselves are usually very well stocked – although that wouldn’t help you in Canberra.

As far as the usability of the device is concerned, I don’t have a problem with them at all. I use mine for remote access to my work server, email, checking and editing documents forwarded to me, web browsing and watching movies (especially when travelling if the selection on the plane isn’t any good or you’ve already seen all the movies on offer). At home I can play the stored music via the wireless connection to the stereo and in moments of boredom, the games are a treat. I have a note-book too, but I generally wouldn’t bother taking it on work trips of less than a day or two unless I was expecting to be spending a long time cranking out documents / worksheets.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 4:57 pm 01 Apr 11

I like the idea, but with reliance on iTunes and without USB it’s useless to me.

I work in a creative field and it would be beneficial for me to be able to show photos/video/design work to clients on something like an ipad but it’s not convenient for me to do so. Everything has to be linked through iTunes (which is an absolute dog of a program) and there is no easy, simple way to drag and drop photos/design work/video/pdfs onto the device. Syncing a “photo library” is a complete nuisance as the library can’t contain folder structures more than a single layer deep, and any change to the library on the PC are automatically applied to the ipad – no option. Not having access to the file structure on the device is also problematic because it means I can’t delete things without first connecting to a PC, and secondly running iTunes. Just not practical.

That’s why I’ll be waiting until a good Android tablet is released, and why I’ll be upgrading my iphone to an Android phone very soon. The lockdown on Apple products is too much hassle for me to have to adapt to.

That said, I can definitely see why other people like them.

Jethro Jethro 4:49 pm 01 Apr 11

baa baa

rosscoact rosscoact 4:15 pm 01 Apr 11

as told that Dick smith in Woden still had some and the Mac 1 outlets were expecting to be restocked by Wednesday just passed.

People don take kindly to Ipad folks round these parts, this be pitchfork territory

damien haas damien haas 3:54 pm 01 Apr 11

Not running Flash is a good thing. I have disabled Flash on Firefox and Safari. Its a pointless do nothing geegaw resource hog.

drewbytes drewbytes 3:47 pm 01 Apr 11

To the OP, you’ll probably have trouble finding one in stock now. I just ordered from the Apple site. Yes it will take a few weeks but I can wait.

You can tell the Apple haters from a mile away. Like ‘OpenYourMind’ I’ve worked in IT since 1986 (programmer, web developer etc) and both the iPhone and iPad are brilliant devices. I use my iPhone 4 constantly not only for leisure but also business. They are brilliant at what they do. I use DropBox to sync files (PDF, DOC etc) between pc/iphone so any file I want to be able to view/edit whilst mobile I can. I can remote desktop to my server or pc from my iPhone. There’s very few things I need to jump to the PC to do and it’s only the more hardcore stuff like programming. I never use my netbook anymore as the iPhone does it better IMO and is always there with me ready to go.

I’ve never owned an Apple product (apart from an Apple II compatible in 1983) until recently so I’m no fanboi. Look past the brand and see what it can do. It’s the most intuitive and easy to use device out there – period. It’s not meant to do all things – but what it does do it does amazingly well.

Plenty of people I know used to bag out the iPhone, but you know what? Now most of them have one after using it and discovering what they can do and how easy it is to use.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 3:45 pm 01 Apr 11

troll-sniffer said :

Postalgeek said :

It’s also greatly enhanced my toilet experience. Those with a problem with people buying ipads can gargle my balls.

A fair comment in a normal retail experience, however the incessant stupidity of the Apple buyers makes for wonderful Riot-ACT fodder. The OP has probably spent two full days unproductively searching high and low for something that, in another month, will be as common as frost on the lawn.

No argument from me there.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 3:33 pm 01 Apr 11

You’re still thinking like an old school IT person. The iPad isn’t trying to be a desktop computer or a laptop/netbook. It’s a whole new device class.

I own a netbook, a smartphone and a PC. I don’t use the netbook at all and I use my PC for the stuff the iPad isn’t suited to. I wouldn’t use my iPad as a word processing machine, a mass media storage server, or an interface for various USB devices. Those functions are better handled by other IT equipment. But…for the vast bulk of household computing uses, the iPad is perfect.

Like other IT device the way I use the iPad may be very different to other people. As an example, a friend recently had a washing machine repair guy turn up who had all the repair manuals stored on an iPad which was then integrated to a parts ordering system.

Using the example of a non tech-savvy parent, if you gave them a Linux netbook, no matter how well set up, they would say it’s just a laptop, only smaller and more awkward. Give them an iPad and it’s instantly intuitive. It also has a battery that lasts for 10hours, it doesn’t get hot or make noise.

You still may not be convinced, however the market is. They were the most desired electronic device last Christmas.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 3:30 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 think the truly tech-absorbed would be smart enough to stay away. You’re mate sounds more like someone who has to have the newest shiny thing.

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