By now, if you’re buying an Apple iPad 2, you should know exactly where to go and when. But what if you’d rather sit at home in your underwear instead of going through the trouble of getting dressed and heading out? Like every other product released by Apple, you can order the iPad 2 online. You may not get it the same day as those who’d brave the elements and line up for one, but while your fellow fanboys are nerding out in the cold, you’ll be warm and cozy in front of the comforting glow of your computer or TV.
If you plan on ordering, Apple will open up the process for the iPad 2 at 1 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, March 11, when the device goes on sale in stores to the general public. Another possible bonus is that you might be able to get your engraved like iPods and iPhones – “To me, from me, love… me.” Or something like that.
Are you uncertain about grabbing an iPad 2? If you want a tablet, you shouldn’t be. You’d already know if you want Android – the Motorola Xoom – or iOS. After all, there really isn’t anything else worthwhile on the market right now. And if you’re big into applications and support, and you want a device and platform that will be supported by the entertainment and publishing industry as well as most of your favorite businesses in the months and years to come, it’s gotta be the iPad. I mean, how many hotels and high-end retail stores have you walked into where an Android tablet was prominently featured? I thought so.
The iPad 2 features Apple’s new A5 dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. Pundit John Gruber says it doesn’t just feel much faster than the previous iPad, but in benchmark tests it’s clear that Apple’s claim that it’s twice as fast more than holds true. It also has even slightly better battery life than the first iPad despite being a third thinner. Amazing.
East coast folks, this means 4 a.m. for you on March 11. Good luck.