Sure, you could wait till 8 a.m. local time to buy your iPad at an Apple store, but wouldn't it be better to get it 8 hours earlier?
Twenty-four hour Walmart stores will be selling a limited quantity of 16GB black and white iPads starting at 12:01 a.m. on March 16. (Boy Genius Report says the retailer didn't specify whether it will carry 4G-equipped units on the day of the launch.) The iPad 2 will also be for sale at the discounted price of $399.
There is only one other location where you can pick pick up the new Pad that early: the Best Buy in Union Square, New York. According to a tweet from the big box electronics chain, the iPad will go on sale there at 12:01 a.m. Friday. However, customers will not be allowed to begin lining up until 10 p.m. according to Best Buy.
Where else can you pick up your iPad? According to Macworld, iPads will also be available at Target, RadioShack, select Sam's Club locations and non-24-hour Best Buy and Walmart stores. The WiFi + 4G LTE-equipped models will also be sold at Verizon and AT&T carrier stores, which according to Wired sometimes have shorter lines than Apple stores.
According to an Apple Press release, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK; along with Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands will also be getting the new iPad tomorrow. Twenty five additional countries will get the new tablet on March 23.
This bold declaration by TechCrunch's MG Siegler pretty much says it all: "Once you see and use the new iPad, there will be no going back." <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/14/the-new-ipad-review/" target="_hplink">Siegler's review</a> praised the new iPad's stunning Retina display, which, along with its super-fast 4G LTE connectivity and long-lasting battery life, rockets it above even the iPad 2, the tablet market's current leader. For those wondering Siegler's thoughts on upgrading, it's a hard call, since it seems the iPad 2 matches the new iPad in speed. However, he suggests that if you don't splurge on the new tablet, "treat the [it] as if it were Medusa when you're in an Apple Store. Do. Not. Look At. It."
The New York Times' David Pogue was a little less enthused by the new iPad, which he saw as a polished version of the iPad 2. Nevertheless, he saved <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/technology/personaltech/the-new-ipad-is-much-the-same-only-better.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">ample space for praising</a> the new tablet. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/technology/personaltech/the-new-ipad-is-much-the-same-only-better.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">Pogue noted</a> that high-definition movies and apps rewritten to work with the new iPad's Retina display looked sharp and clear and that the tablet's 4G LTE connectivity was very fast. He also noted that, despite its super-clear screen and 4G networking (both huge strains on battery life), the new iPad's battery managed to last nine hours without a recharge. He concluded that the bright side of getting the new iPad is that "[f]or the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that's still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals."
For <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/14/2870533/ipad-review" target="_hplink">The Verge's Joshua Topolsky</a>, it's not the new iPad's outside, but its inside that counts. The new iPad's upgraded inner workings and long-lasting battery life make it even more "stable, reliable, speedy, and long-lived" than its bar-setting predecessor. But that's not to say its Retina display didn't leave an impression, too. <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/14/2870533/ipad-review" target="_hplink">Topolsky writes</a>, "I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at."
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop took a different approach to the new iPad in <a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/03/14/review-ipad-third-generation/" target="_hplink">his review</a>, describing his encounter with Apple's newest tablet through the lens of everyday life. How did the new iPad's features help the average Joe? Its Retina display seemed to be the most useful upgrade for Dalrymple, who explained its crispness and clarity worked great for photo-editing, movie-watching, and reading. He also praised its 4G LTE connectivity, which allowed easy access to Apple's iCloud. Overall, it was the unique experience the new iPad offered that <a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/03/14/review-ipad-third-generation/" target="_hplink">appealed to Dalrymple</a>.
<a href="http://allthingsd.com/20120314/new-ipad-a-million-more-pixels-than-hdtv/" target="_hplink">AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg</a> agrees with many other reviewers: While the new iPad isn't a whole lot different from its predecessor, its upgraded display and faster connectivity will further strengthen Apple's hold on the tablet market. <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20120314/new-ipad-a-million-more-pixels-than-hdtv/" target="_hplink">As Mossberg puts it</a>: "Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown."
<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/15/apple-ipad-3-review?newsfeed=true" target="_hplink">The Guardian's Charles Arthur</a> rated the new iPad 5 stars, citing the tablet's Retina display, improved graphics and camera and mobile broadband capability as its key strengths. As others have said before, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/15/apple-ipad-3-review?newsfeed=true" target="_hplink">Arthur explains</a> that the new iPad's incremental improvements put it even further ahead in the tablet market. He writes, "It's hard to see anyone catching this product because it offers what people want: access to computing wherever you are."
<a href="http://daringfireball.net/2012/03/ipad_3" target="_hplink">Daring Fireball's John Gruber</a> sums up the new iPad in a nine-word intro: "Pixels pixels pixels. Battery battery battery. Speed speed speed." It seems, like others, Gruber feels the new iPad's Retina display, 4G LTE connectivity and long-lasting battery life make it a clear winner over all other tablets, and may appeal even to consumers who already bought an iPad 2. Gruber's conclusion is just as simple as his introduction: "The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What's not to love? It's that simple."
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