Posted on 25 March 2011
iPad 2 mania has well and truly arrived in the UK with crowds lining the streets outside Apple stores throughout the night waiting for their doors to open at 5pm today. With Apple not offering pre-order options on its latest tablet, the only way to be one of the first people to bag an iPad 2 was to queue or stay up until 1am and order the thing online.
Unfortunately for those who decided to leave the queuing to the ultra-dedicated/crazy and buy their iPad 2 on the web when sales went live in the early hours of this morning, many were left frustrated and iPad 2-less.
From the word go, those who logged in to witness the virtual madness first hand reported that Apple had almost immediately stuck a 2 to 3 week wait time for each variant of the newly released tablet. However, they seem to be the lucky ones as many fans complained that they were constantly met with error messages when trying to place their orders with some only managing to get as far as putting an iPad 2 in their basket.
It’s no surprise then that hundreds take to the streets and queue up for the latest i-thing, especially as it’s now expected that iPad 2 shipping dates for the UK could go up to 4 to 5 weeks, just like it did after the US launch of the newest Apple pad.
Did you have problems with ordering your iPad 2 online last night or have you decided to queue up and hope for the best instead? Let us know.
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Posted on 25 March 2011
Motorola has made a sly dig at iPad 2 fans in a bid to deter them away from the growing queues. In a tongue-in-cheek press release sent out ahead of today’s big Apple launch, the firm said: “Head out for a pint and pre-order the Motorola Xoom online instead!”
As expected, the iPad 2 has attracted crowds of people for its UK release with the highly-anticipated tablet due to go on sale in stores across the country at 5pm tonight. People have been queuing outside Apple’s flagship store in London’s Regents Street since yesterday morning to secure their iGadget and while Motorola probably knows that its dual-core Honeycomb-toting tab won’t have quite the same effect on tech fans as Apple’s offering has, you have to admire their light-hearted approach towards the hype.
“Not keen to waste the finest weather we’ve had in ages waiting in a queue? Idea of surviving overnight on mundane take-away with some frankly questionable queue buddies leave you cold?” Moto asks.
“Fear not friends, ditch the winter coat, head out for a pint and pre-order the Motorola Xoom online instead!”
Even if the Motorola Xoom’s UK release will be more low-key than Apple’s, it has been tipped as a serious iPad 2 rival and was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at this year’s CES event. It’s due to land over here next month and we’ll be keeping a close watch to see how it shakes up the tablet market.