Eager buyers get first bite of Apple iPad
EAGER customers intent on being among the first owners of Apple's new iPad stood in long queues across the US at the weekend.
It was reminiscent of the hoopla surrounding the 2007 launch of the first iPhone -- though with a difference.
People knew that the iPhone would replace their existing mobile phone. With the iPad, which fits somewhere between phone and computer, Apple must convince people -- who already have smart phones, laptops, e-book readers, set-top boxes and home broadband connections -- that they need another device which serves many of the same purposes.
Many of the first iPad buyers queueing at the weekend said they would have a better idea of what they would use it for after having the device a while.
That didn't stop them from imagining its potential uses, though.
Beth Goza likened it to a professional tennis player owning different shoes for grass, clay and concrete courts.
"At the end of the day, you can get by with one or the other," she said outside an Apple store in Seattle's University Village shopping centre.
Ray Majewski, at an Apple store in Freehold, New Jersey, with his 10-year-old daughter, Julia, said: "I like the electronic books, and my daughter is really getting into them as well.
"I was thinking of getting a Kindle (e-book reader) but then said to myself I'll get an iPad because I can get so much more from that than just reading books."