You Dont Need Much Help Getting an iPad Running

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2012-03-17 Print this article Print


We walked to the back of the store and Ian picked out a black, 16GB, Verizon iPad and we went to a table. About that time, Rick, another Apple store employee, came by and introduced himself as the business representative. Rick and Ian revealed that they are both eWEEK readers. I wondered briefly if that explained the cordial reception, but I noticed that everyone else was being treated just like I was.

Apparently, Apple sends its store staff to charm school.

Once Ian was done extracting money from my credit card, he took me to two more Apple Store employees who were there to help me get my iPad set up and running. In reality, you don€™t need much help getting an iPad running. The process is totally intuitive, and most of the process was spent chatting with the people helping me do the setup while the new iPad restored information from where I€™d backed it up from my old iPad€”the original version€”to the iCloud the previous night.

The hardest part of the whole setup, in fact, was the waiting. The Apple store€™s WiFi was being heavily used, so things went slowly. Slowest of all was restoring the apps. While we waited, I entertained the Apple employees with tales of CeBIT, which gave us a reason to explore the high-resolution display on the iPad.

As I left, Rick told me that his numbers indicate that nearly 80 percent of business tablet buyers chose the iPad. While the crowd waiting in line didn€™t seem to be particularly business-oriented, that may be because they just didn€™t want to wait. Rick said that most business users had already either called ahead and reserved iPads for pickup later in the day, or had ordered them online for delivery to the store. Those customers would be picking up their iPads at less crowded times.

So does the new iPad meet my expectations? It€™s hard to say. Right now it's having its battery charged. But the images on the iPads at the Apple and Verizon stores were impressive, so I think it will meet everything I need the device for.


Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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