I did it. I caved. I bought an iPad 2 today. Actually, two iPad 2s in a sort of frenzy. Perhaps just because I could. It reminded of eBay’s tagline: “Shop victoriously!” Thanks to the App Advice iPhone and iPad app I was able to locate iPad 2s in stock at the Lakewood, Colo., Target store.
Most searches for items on that Target carries on Target.com bring up a list with an ability to check local in-store stock, but a search for “iPad 2” on Target.com merely brings up an FAQ page. An article appeared in the App Advice app today, though, with links to inventory checks on Target’s mobile site and Best Buy’s inventory pages. See slideshow to left to see how App Advice has links neatly organized by color, memory and AT&T or Verizon 3G coverage.
Even if App Advice did not have the iPad 2 inventory information, it is still an invaluable app for anyone with an iPad or iPhone. The app includes App News in an attractive and organized format as well as AppGUIDES and AppLISTS. The AppGUIDES can be organized by “All,” “iPad focused” or “iPhone focused.” Organized attractively with icons, each category has a glide bar to flick through related groups.
Admittedly, I felt a moment of stupidity today for not using the App Advice app more. I have been fruitlessly Googling instrument tuners, music composition apps, video and photo editing apps and planning a route around New York City via the subway. If you see the slideshow to the left, you will notice there are groupings and reviews of all those categories of apps right in one screen.
So don’t walk but run the iTunes store to download the App Advice app. At $1.99, it is an incredible bargain. App Advice also offers App Start for iPad app with essentials for new iPad owners free for a limited time.
I purchased a black 64 GB iPad 2 Wi-fi + Verizon 3G (AT&T fooled me once with their lousy data plan — not again) for myself and a black 16 GB iPad 2 Wi-fi only which I immediately sold to Walter Keller of the Lumber Baron Inn (see my article on the bed and breakfast’s use of iPads in every room). I sold it at cost, of course, because Walter and I went to North High School together. The iPad 2 will greatly simplify the way the Lumber Baron is able to record and immediately show audience footage during its comedy murder mystery dinners.
Walter said he didn’t think his son (see JohnKeller101’s tech reviews on YouTube) would sleep tonight. At least I’ll have someone to try out Facetime with at 1:00 a.m.
The Lakewood, Colo., Target store is located at 456 S. Vance Street. At 4:00p.m. today (Wednesday) they had nine iPad 2s in black 16 GB and 64 GB models.
If you do not yet have an iPad, you can check Target and Best Buy inventory through this article on the AppAdvice.com website.