Although many are braving lines for hours to get an iPad 2, my living in the sticks has paid off in spades: just 20 minutes before Apple’s (s aapl) new tablet went on sale, I showed up at a Best Buy and scored a device. The store also had the Smart Cover (which I inadvertently keep calling a Smart Case), so I grabbed one of those too, because the original iPad case never impressed me. Here’s a short unboxing and my first candid impressions, along with a few size comparisons to some Google Android tablets currently on the market: the Motorola Xoom (s mmi) and Samsung Galaxy Tab. I also hit the browser, photos and had a quick FaceTime chat with my son.
As if you can’t tell from the video, I’m fairly impressed, especially with the feel of the new design. While the iPad 2 is more of an evolutionary upgrade, Apple has tweaked it to make for an even better overall experience that nearly any tablet consumer will appreciate. True, iOS isn’t perfect, but no mobile operating system is, so I can see why many people are in line waiting for the newest Apple tablet: they’re ready to join the “post-PC” era with a well designed, intuitive device.