Friday, March 11, 2011

iPad 2 Purchase Decision Lowdown

Our iPad 2 winner has been notified and we will get her iPad ordered as soon as she responds with her details to get it shipped. If you can't decide if you want an iPad 2, Xoom, PlayBook or Galaxy Tab check out our tablet comparison.


Along the same note, if you would like to pick up an iPad 2 since you didn't win (we're sorry...another contest at the end of the month) here are the details:

Where/When

The big day is almost here whether you're planning to wait in line at a store or in a queue online. If you're buying from one of the retail stores, i.e. Verizon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target or one of Apple's 323 stores (324 if you count the SXSW Pop-Up Store) the iPad 2 will officially go on sale at 5:00 p.m. (local time). If you would like to order online from Apple, this will be enabled at 1:00 a.m. Pacific.

Models/Pricing

We've all been through this before....prices are the same as the original iPad.
  • 16 GB WiFi - $499
  • 32 GB WiFi - $599
  • 64 GB WiFi - $699
  • 16 GB WiFi/3G - $629
  • 32 GB WiFi/3G - $729
  • 64 GB WiFi/3G - $829
3G iPad 2 data plan options

If you decide to go for the 3G iPad 2 version you then have to decide if you'd like CDMA (Verizon) or GSM (AT&T) access. I think the Verizon plans look better...although quite a bit slower. If you are on an AT&T unlimited data plan...you can be grandfathered in to keep it with AT&T (Probably the best option if available to you).

Must-Have iPad 2 Accessories

Well, I probably won't be picking up the HDMI adapter...but I will definitely be picking up Apple's Magnetic Smart Cover for my iPad 2. The Targus 360 Stand looks nice as well...but I may get a DODOCase preordered instead. Haven't decided yet...Definitely the white iPad 2 though!

What to do with your old iPad?

To trade in your old iPad, at least at Target, it appears you may have to wait through the weekend to get store credit for your old iPad. I will be keeping my iPad and will remove the explicit songs and Apps and remove email accounts to make it more kid friendly.

How about you? Get your iPad 2 ordered?

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