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    News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Retail giant confirms it?s stocking the Apple iPad as it opens its second UK store near Southampton.
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    GOD DAMNIT! Why oh why cant they open a store in Plymouth? Seriously all thats around here is Pcworld/currys/comet and one or two tiny shops, I would like to go into a electronics store and be able to pickout good prices please . I only go in the above stores if theres one of them massive sales/random discounts and thats about it however i would rather have a scan store or something here .
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Fry makes the point that the "hate boys" are inclined to going a bit over the top and that the negative emotional reaction against all things Apple has, perhaps, overtaken the positive emotional reaction that the fan boys have been getting on everyone's nerves with for some time now.

    I can't fully understand how things became so polarised and heated, especially when all dedicated Windows users I know seem to despise Microsoft and all Mac users I know concede that their loved products are consistently overpriced. There are doubtless other concessions, which would be made by both parties as long as they did not feel overly compelled to do so.

    We don't HAVE to be the Sharks and the Jets. There is more than enough space and common ground for open-minded discussion and compromise.

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    I like Stephen Fry - but he really doesn't offer a balanced view on things-with-fruit-logos in all honesty. There's much to love about Apple but (like anyone) they're far from perfect and it's nice to have a more neutral assessment of their products and so I don't really give him much reading when I want to know about new products like the iPad.

    Me, i'll be getting my hands on one in-store and having a go. But I don't really want one anyway.
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    I personally think the Apple notebooks and desktops are great although somewhat expensive.

    However when it comes to the iPad there are other alternatives like the Dell Streak too so people should not be pulled in by the fruity marketing too quickly!

    If you have done your research and the still want it fine but many people are probably pulled in by the marketing so it is important they actually know what they are getting.

    It would not surprise me if many people will buy this device thinking it will replace a notebook for general usage.

    Quoting Agent from another thread:

    "We have a guy at work with a shiny new iPad who insists on flashing it about at every opportunity. Thing is, he doesn't actually do anything on it apart from the odd bit of browsing (keyboard + mouse please! ). He bangs on about how cool X and Y apps are, but their real world use is minimal - with laptops / netbooks / desktops beating it in the situations he mentions.

    Look at the app market - some cool stuff.....for 10 mins. At which point you'll quickly realise that the number of apps you'll use day in, day out is tiny and a laptop / netbook would probably be better suited for.

    Of course, all IMO, but I'm yet to see the iPads killer app."

    http://forums.hexus.net/small-form-f...ml#post1929646

    The iPad is basically an iPod Touch with a 6 bit IPS screen and a bigger battery!

    http://www.chipworks.com/Apple-iPAD-Teardown.aspx

    From the article:

    "Apple has relied on tried and true technology for the first generation of this device. In some cases, technically speaking, Apple has even gone backwards from what we saw in the latest generation iPhone that we have torn down.

    Case in point, Apple is not using the do-all touchscreen controller from Texas Instruments that it used in the iPhone 3G, but has instead gone back to the three chip solution seen in the iPhone 2G. Of course, the same space limitations aren't there in a large device, and so we would speculate that the three chip solution had a lower overall cost. You can see from the image that, relatively speaking, the iPad is basically a giant battery with a tiny board attached to it (outlined in red), with some space left over for a future 3G mobile communications board."

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    I drove past this the other day while going to the Sainsbury's at Hedge End and thought I was seeing things, because I was sure there was only one store, and it wasnt there.

    Phew, I'm not going crazy!

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    £100 for a 3G module on top of a data plan says it all. Can't believe people are buying them.

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by ilh View Post
    £100 for a 3G module on top of a data plan says it all. Can't believe people are buying them.
    Well if it had a USB port they wouldn't need to, because they could get at least in theory get a third-party USB dongle. It's kindof amusing anyway.. a fool and his money are easily parted. They're boosting the economy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hicks12 View Post
    GOD DAMNIT! Why oh why cant they open a store in Plymouth? Seriously all thats around here is Pcworld/currys/comet and one or two tiny shops, I would like to go into a electronics store and be able to pickout good prices please . I only go in the above stores if theres one of them massive sales/random discounts and thats about it however i would rather have a scan store or something here .
    Exeter will have one before us (LOL) ! Always the Apple store in town by M&S ?



    "Personally" I have no need for something like this, its too large & its a status thing !...

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by ilh View Post
    £100 for a 3G module on top of a data plan says it all. Can't believe people are buying them.
    Well you could just use a MiFi with the wifi version.
    But bear in mind only the 3G version has GPS too.
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    I popped in at lunch (Work 2 minutes walk from it).

    Very impressed with store but prices not much better than PC World (minus the weekend opening deals).

    From what I remember -
    PC games seems to be roughly RRP (COD:MW for £25, COD:MW2 £35).
    [Prototype] Preowned on Xbox was £30 - I purchased for £13 in game the other day.
    Logitech X-210 (Which I've wanted for a while) where £29 - You can get these for £21 online. (The X-540 where £60).
    Bluetooth headsets started at £20 (Tesco there about £15).
    HDMI leads started at £15!
    USB leads £9.

    Picked up a Toshiba HDMI dvd player for £15 - very pleased but did turn down the £15 HDMI cable!

    Also only saw one person purchase a ipad and someone trying desperately to show one off at the exit (Only had a few people looking at the demo as well).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andi-C View Post
    Exeter will have one before us (LOL) ! Always the Apple store in town by M&S ?



    "Personally" I have no need for something like this, its too large & its a status thing !...
    Thats terrible, exeter getting it before us? . Im not interest in Apple branded stuff just simply would like an electronics store that KNOWS about electronics and doesnt just hire computer rejects to sell items.
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    Well you could just use a MiFi with the wifi version.
    But bear in mind only the 3G version has GPS too.
    Correction, it has A-GPS (assisted by the 3G network and wi-fi hotspots). Proper GPS (like I have on my Android smartphone) is a completely different thing...

    Apart from this, I'm glad this forum is home to some well balanced mentally stable people that are intelligent enough to not get drawn into the extreme amount of bullsh*t surrounding the iPad, why on earth all these hundreds of thousands of people need one is beyond me. About it's only perceived use to me would be for someone who has NEVER had a computer before and wants an easy door into the world of portable computing, without the confusion of a PROPER OS with FULL connectivity that a latptop / netbook / proper tablet would give them!

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunjiweb View Post
    Correction, it has A-GPS (assisted by the 3G network and wi-fi hotspots). Proper GPS (like I have on my Android smartphone) is a completely different thing...
    The 3G version has "proper GPS" just like an iPhone 3G has proper GPS.

    AGPS is *in addition* to GPS , that's why its called "assisted"

    The non-3G version has no GPS at all.
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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    To further what Mike said, A-GPS is better than normal GPS as it can get a lock quicker if it hasn't been used in a while or in a new location. It uses the cellular network or known wireless hot spots to get an approximate lock, before working out where the satellites are.

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    Re: News - Best Buy opens second store amid iPad frenzy

    Have a good look through YouTube on Best Buys and their Geek Squad. It's not been all roses for the stores in the USA. They've been very naughty on occasion to their customers.

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