Lifehacker's Complete iPad 2 Launch Day Guide

Apple's second-generation tablet, the iPad 2, goes on sale today in Australia at 5pm. If you're already in a queue waiting to buy one, you've obviously already made up your mind: for everyone else, here's what you need to know.

Note that if you're not already in the queue, the chances of your actually scoring an iPad 2 today seem relatively slim. Apple has chosen an unusual late-in-the-day launch time, isn't extending its opening hours at stores which usually close at 5:30pm on a Friday, and is quoting a 2-3 week delivery time for anyone who orders the iPad 2 online. All of that points to a fairly limited supply, and one that's going to get consumed by the people who were willing to give up days of their life to wait for one. To prove the point, check this video of the iPad 2 buying queue in Sydney at 7am on Friday morning:

So Australia won't be overflowing with iPad 2 owners over the next week. However, many people are likely to consider buying an iPad 2 at some point during the year (though perhaps no more than one in four of you). Here's some useful information to help with that purchase decision.

Five Reasons To Buy The iPad 2 Lifehacker's publisher Seamus makes the case for why the iPad 2 is a great buy . . .

Five Reasons Not To Buy The iPad 2 . . . while I point out why it might not be such a great choice for upgrading users. (Note that this was written before local pricing was announced, which only happened on Wednesday.)

Planhacker: iPad SIM Plans And Prepaid Deal If you want a fully mobile iPad 2, then you'll likely buy a 3G-enabled model. Here's a comprehensive guide to Australia prepaid 3G SIMs aimed at iPad users. (Note that you can also tether the iPad using an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3, or an Android phone with suitable Wi-Fi hotspot software.)

iPad 2 review Our sibling site Gizmodo reviews the iPad in depth. (The reviewer is unarguably an enthusiast, but does point out some of the shortcomings.)

Kotaku vs. Gizmodo: Should We Buy An iPad 2? One of the key features distinguishing the iPad 2 from its predecessor is a better processor, which potentially makes it a more appealing games device. Our sibling site editors Mark from Kotaku and Nick from Gizmodo debate the merits of the iPad 2 as a gaming platform.


Comments

    Get a life people.
    The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. Why not have a relaxing Friday evening eating excellent food with some friends. Is lining up for endless hours for what is basically a castrated laptop really what people's lives have come to?

      it doesn't even matter if it's a 'castrated laptop' (which it isn't).

      It could be the best laptop in the WORLD... it still wouldn't justify this idiocy.

      Do these people have jobs? If so, I guess they've taken days off, and this is how they're spending it?

      Good god.

        IMHO I think this behavior is more akin to a religion. Amazing what people will blindly do in the name of a faith.

          So these people who have different values and priorities to your own personal beliefs are idiots, "blindly following a religion" and need to get a life?

          Maybe take your own advice: relax and enjoy that sunny day instead of spending it judging and looking down on others. To each his own right?

            Hej Mottey, thanks for making my point so eloquently. I'm the one eating with my friends and enjoying life, not lining up for a bit of tech. I'm not exactly alone in this view - the phrases fanbois/fandroids kinda exist all over the world in just about every IT column.

            Oh, for the record you were the one who called them 'idiots', not me. A bit of a Fraudian slip maybe? I just think their behavior is irrational and yes, similar to a blind following of a religion.

              Freudian. #corrections

                Thanks. Obviously had the concept of 'fraud' on my mind.

                It was olearymo who mentioned idiocy...
                Obviously you're not alone in your vitriol but we all make a choice on spreading it.

                  Sorry to offend you mottey. I didn't know the Apple cult was such a central part of you being and worth. My apologies.

      Clearly none of you goofs have been to Disneyland.

        Disneyland,..Ipad,.... there are so many responses to that one. But here's a good one for you. You can't order 'splash mountain log ride' online or pick one up whenever you want from a local shop.

        If you mean that an Ipad is similar to Disney in that it is a suspension of disbelief then you may have something there.

        Geez guys/gals it's just a bit of kit!

      Sun is shining? Guess you ain't from Melbourne then.

    That should be Mark instead of David, shouldn't it?

      Goodness yes. They'll both want my guts for garters for that one. Fixed now, thanks for the spot. [Purchases iron corset]

    It's funny how no fanboy/fangirl has stepped in to defend lining up for days to get an iPad tonight...

    I guess they're all too busy lining up... :)

      but shouldn't they be online on their iDevices? oO

      Perhaps Fanboy/Fangirl's realise its an indefensible activity and not worth defending? I personally can understand waiting in line a couple of hours once a year or so, for someone as a present that would really appreciate it, but these people being lined up for two days seem to border on the mentally ill. When their friends hear that they did that, they're going to say "Larry's crazy!" with a smile, but actually walk away thinking "I must spend less time with Larry".

    Heh, they had them on campus, happened to walk past, wondered why people were milling about outside, found out, waited about 40mins, got one. And it is good. Total elapsed time: 50mins, because I couldn't decide which one with what cover.

    Have to agree with get a life, unless you fancy yourself becoming famous in some Apple commercial or other video like the one above. Who said retail was dead or dying?

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