The iPad 2 Launch Party - Buffalo, NY Edition
As much as I love Apple, and it is well documented on this blog just how much I do. I have never been able to be at an Apple Store for a launch. I got my first iPhone (3G) the first week of August about a week after the launch. I got my 4G iPhone for my birthday. I bought my iMac about 3-weeks after the refresh. I got my first iPad in November (nearly six painful months after the launch), and even though I got my Mac Book Pro on the first day it wasn't a major launch.
I decided weeks ago that I was going to be there for the launch of the iPad 2. I had to experience the fun of a launch. Here is my day:
- The line was mostly people from Canada trying to figure a way to get back across the border with the box in-hand and without having to paying duty. The guy behind me asked me if I would mail him the box. I said no. Pay your duty.
- Many of the Canadians were large groups of Asians. 35% of the line was Asian.
- A guy behind me had 0 (that stand for ZERO) APPS on his iPhone because of a strange fear that Apple will steal his credit-card info, they are a waste of money, and the free ones are junky. Huh? He rented a car for the 90 minute trip from Toronto to Buffalo. He bought 2 iPad 2s, one to never have a downloaded app and 1 for ebay to cover the money for his rental car (he hopes). He was from Moscow (originally) and spent the spare time reading a book in Russian. I thumbed through it but the plot seemed very thin to me.
- I spent most of my time in line reading Jeff Duncan's incredible, "From Bags to Riches" I don't know if it will ever be our book of the month, but it is worth a read for any fan of football, human nature, and miracles.
- A lot of the chatter in line was on the topic of Apps (and boobs, but that is for a different blog). What apps are the best? What apps can't you live without? So I wonder, and maybe you can comment, what app do you consider a MUST have?
- Ok twist my arm, (Like the great Dave Dameshek, I love a good list!) Here are my top 5 apps for the iPad only. Maybe some other time (by "maybe," I mean almost definitely) I will post a list of apps for the iPhone (a totally different animal).
- Flipboard: It was not a mistake that Flipboard was named the App of the Year by iTunes. Basically, the app takes your Twitter or Facebook feed and turns it into an elegant, slick, and functional magazine.
- Dropbox: Dropbox would be number 2 on my iPhone list as well. I couldn't live without this online cloud (free for 2GB of storage) that makes sharing files form iPhone to iPad to iMac to Mac Book Pro easier than shucking stones (See: below). Another cool feature to Dropbox is that it offers a public folder that allows you to share files with friends at other computers (This would even work if you have an e-pal in prison, provided he had internet access.) (See: Below, Below)
- DirecTV: Even though it took DirecTv too long to create this app, when they finally did drop it, I wasn't disappointed (See below, below, below). The app is functional as a remote control, a TV guide, and has a ton of cool sports features.
- FLUD News: This app is free. This app is very functional and a great way to follow RSS feeds like this one. It is considerably more useful than Pakistani flooding. (See below, below, below, below)
- 60 Minutes: This app comes in at a pricey $4.99 and I always hated 6o Minutes because it always meant the end of the weekend, but this app is a great way to follow the longest running news magazine on television. The best part of the app is that they keep that old curmudgeon Andy Rooney (See below, below, below, below,below) in the corner by himself so you never have to cross paths with him.
All right, time to go play with my new glorious toy...
Does anyone else have a tale to tell about launch day?
Do you have an iPad 2 in hand?
One of the cool new features on the iPad 2 is the enhanced Photo Booth app. Tammy really likes this option:
Say goodnight Brady :)