It’s been two long months since the iPad was announced on January 27, and since then it’s been featured on the Grammys, various talk shows, and a comedy TV series. The reviewers seem to love it, despite the negativity of those who say it’s just a big iPod touch. Today, the Apple stores (at least in the U.S.) have opened their glassy gates, and you can now get your very own.
If you live somewhere where there isn’t an Apple store, you can probably get an iPad from a local Apple re-seller, such as Best Buy, but you might want to call around to make sure they have it. If you don’t want to wait in line, or if you’re just lazy, you can pre-order an iPad off the online Apple store; the Wi-Fi version will be shipping April 12 and the WiFi+3G version will be shipping by “Late April.”
In case you live under a gigantic rock and have no idea what the iPad actually is, here’s a little explanation for you: The iPad is a tablet computer running a modified version of iPhone OS. It features the latest in multi-touch technology, runs on a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed processor, has a 9.7 inch capacitive touch-screen, weighs just 1.5 pounds, and is only half-an-inch thick. Prices start at $499 and go up based on memory size (16, 32, and 64 GB) and whether you want 3G coverage. Speaking of 3G, it uses AT&T (s att) in the U.S. and there’s no contract; it’s pay-as-you-go, with two data plans: unlimited and 250MB/month, $29.99 per month for the former, and $14.99 per month for the latter.
In case you need more info, here’s a roundup of our recent iPad coverage:
- Apple Posts iPad Guided Tours
- University Tempts Students With Free iPads
- Rumor Has It: iPad to Launch Worldwide on April 24th
- Free CBS and ABC Shows Coming to the iPad
- Roundup: iPad Previews Around the Web
- What iPad Apps Will You Be Installing First?
- Will You be Waiting in Line for an iPad?
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