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My iPad Best Buy Adventure Was Not a Good One

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Today was a good one due to the fact that I was able to get my iPad 2. However, the events leading up to the device being placed in my hands were NOT so great. Earlier today, I uploaded a video discussing how I was waiting in line at Best Buy to get the new iPad. After waiting in line for several hours, I was informed that Best Buy wasn’t carrying the 3G model that I wanted.

This really upset me, as the company never bothered to tell people that they wouldn’t be carrying that model. Nothing was said about it on their website or in print ads. I am not sure that this is the fault of the store, though. The blame likely lies with Apple themselves, since no one was allowed to discuss inventory. This is doing a serious disservice to customers, though.

Had I known that this store wasn’t carrying the 3G model, I would have gone elsewhere – perhaps an AT&T store. After being disappointed at Best Buy, I walked across the parking lot to an AT&T store, only to find they were only given SIX total 3G units. Since so many people were in line ahead of me already by this point, I knew it was fruitless to join them.

I didn’t want to “settle” for a WiFi only model. The GPS capability in the 3G version alone is enough to have made me want that particular iPad. Also, if I happen to be traveling and (God forbid!) something happens to my iPhone (or it loses battery), I can easily switch over to the iPad for my online needs.

I went back to the Best Buy store to pick up the unit that had been secured for a friend. I called another friend – Reza – who I knew was waiting in line at another store. He indicated he got the iPad models he wanted and he was shocked that I wasn’t able to procure mine. He was kind enough to swap one of his iPad tickets for the 64GB black WiFi 3G model I wanted so that I could still have my device today. I’m beyond grateful to him for doing this.

This was the first product from Apple that I have ever waited in line for. I was upset with Best Buy due to not being forthcoming with information on what they would have in stock. I’m also disappointed in Apple for not allowing stores to give us this type of heads up.

While waiting in line at the original Best Buy, I finally get to the front of the line and was asked by the manager what I do. I explained about the video and live streaming, and indicated that I wanted the model they ended up not having. This made me angry, knowing that many hours of my time was wasted. They could have treated their customers better. Had I known this ahead of time, I would have spent more time in the Apple store line, knowing I would get the unit I wanted.

This isn’t the way to treat people, folks. People will remember things like this the next time they will make an impact on buying decisions.

How to Set up an iPad

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I received my iPad 3G the other day, and decided to set it all up on my live stream. I had a USB cable plugged in to my MacBook Pro, and then took the other end and connected it to the new iPad. That really was all I had to do. The device booted up and connected me to iTunes. It asked me to set it up as a new iPad. I had to give it a name first… and asked the chat room for ideas. I’m liking the name Pythagoras. In theory, it’s an excellent choice.

After I had stepped through that section, I was ready to rock and roll. I chose to not sync anything automatically. I have my iPhone set up on the same computer, and I want to manage it separately from the iPad. Of course, I had to wait for activation, which takes a bit of time.

While I waited for the iPad 3G to start working, I went through the list to toggle certain features that I need. I encrypted the iPad, and converted my music to a lower bitrate to save space. I didn’t sync all of my apps, because there are many on my iPhone that I won’t want on the iPad. I’ll have to do those manually.

Even though I had to wait for activation to finish, I could still use the iPad. I couldn’t connect through AT&Ts 3G network, but I was able to do pretty much everything else. Stay tuned for another video, where I will be activating the 3G network and zooming along the information highway.

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iPad 3G Unboxing

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Yes, it’s another iPad unboxing! It’s pretty much like a regular ol’ iPad unboxing, but 3G’ier. There’s really not much to see in an Apple product unboxing, though. I mean, they do a pretty good job at packing and the product quality usually speaks for itself. However, since products can’t speak, I’m forced to do the translating.

After this video, my iPad 3G said: “I really hope people leave rude comments about me in the YouTube thread. They will sound uneducated. They won’t bother to read the description, and I’ll be forced to make fun of them. Oh, and I hope Chris gets accused of being an Apple Fanboy, too – because that’s a convenient way out of any kind of coherent discussion. Attacking people because of their choices is like attacking people for the color of their skin – it’s wrong. Then again, what do I know? I’m just a talking iPad 3G.”

After having my original iPad for a few weeks, I have to admit that I’m pretty happy with it. I especially love having it to take to events with me. It’s just so easy to check email and do whatever I need to do while I’m away from home for a few hours. I appreciate that I now have the 3G model, as there have been times already that I’ve needed a connection and didn’t have an access point available.

So… the burning question is: “What am I going to do with my original iPad?” I don’t know just yet. I’m taking recommendations as to what I’ll do with it. I won’t be blending it or microwaving it. I might just lend it to friends to see if they enjoy it as much as I do.

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What Does an iPad Taste Like?

I finally have my new iPad 3G. As I was getting ready to open it live, I decided to get a feel for what was inside the beautiful box. I sniffed it to see if it smelled like an iPad. I am happy to report that the box does indeed smell like my shiny new toy.

However, it doesn’t exactly taste very good. I don’t exactly know how to describe the taste…

Thanks to UncleJohn for capturing this moment.