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Apple's U.S. retail expansion of the iPad 2 continues, with the second-generation touchscreen tablet now on sale at select Toys R Us locations.

Toys R Us began advertising availability of the iPad 2 on Sunday. Its arrival came just over a week after a leaked internal document from the retailer suggested it would begin selling the iPad 2 by May.

The Toys R Us website offers a list of stores where the iPad 2 can be purchased. Currently, the device is only available at select locations across the U.S.

The leaked Toys R Us Product sheet also indicated that the official Smart Covers, Camera Connection Kit and VGA Connector will be available for sale in stores. The Toys R Us site makes mention of the Apple Smart Covers.

Sunday marks the debut of the iPad at Toys R Us. For years, the retailer has sold various versions of Apple's iPod lineup, including the iPod touch. It also sells a number of accessories that connect to the standard 30-pin dock found on iPod, iPhone and iPad devices.

Sunday's sale also coincides with a nationwide promotion U.S. retailer Best Buy is holding for the iPad 2. Best Buy has advertised availability of the device in its weekly flier, and has been stockpiling units for the promotion.



Apple has rapidly expanded availability of the iPad 2 when compared to the first-generation iPad a year ago. The iPad 2 first went on sale in the U.S. in early March, and was available at Apple's retail stores, as well as Best Buy, Target and Walmart, while late last month it went on sale at 500 Radio Shack stores.

International availability of the iPad also ramped up more quickly with this year's model, as the iPad 2 is now on sale in 25 additional countries internationally. The hot-selling device will also be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, Apple has said.
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Smart move on Apple's part to expand iPad sales to a toy store. It's just one more thing the competition has to try and meet or exceed when trying to peck away at Apple's dominance in the tablet market. .
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1) Being sold in a toy store doesn’t mean it’s a toy. I’m talking to you, Extremeskater.

2) I think this is the most aggressive we’ve seen Apple market a product. Starting with the battery of pejorative digs at their competition at the iPad 2 event to the number of retail options I think more than ever they have no intention to make the iPad another iPhone, they want it to be another iPod. Monopoly!
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Predictably it will be sold out, if not already--
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Local ToysRUs (MN) had an iPad2 poster in the window, but didn't get any stock (and isn't on the list of select stores.) Best Buy next door had no inventory, and no clue about any "stockpile" being released this AM. wtf?
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I believe Apple is lucky there is no real competition to the iPad...

Luck has nothing to do with it. Remember, this market was around for decades before Apple decided to jump it with the iPad. If you recreate a market you’re bound to have a head start.

Here is some competition. Compared to the original Samsung Tab last year this is a great improvement, though I still question if it’s thinner than the iPad 2.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/17/s...ome-honeycomb/ They say 8.6mm, compared to the iPad 2’s 8.8mm, but previous images show that not to be case. In the video they do comparisons to the iPad 2 but none that show the thinness, not that it would matter since they have a protective back case on the iPad 2.

The display panel quality looks good. One commenter states it’s PLS, which is equivalent to IPS in viewing angle. Makes sense as it’s a Samsung technology.
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I believe Apple is lucky there is no real competition to the iPad...

B-b-b-but, I thought competition was good for Apple... You know, to keep them from sucking! </snark>

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It's a toy to me because thats what I want it to be. I believe Apple is lucky there is no real competition to the iPad, while I was lucky to get mine the first day I was at the Apple store last night and customers are starting to get annoyed at the lack of supply.

I agree with Solipsism - luck has little to do with it. You are being unfair on Apple.
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I think people are getting tired of hearing show up at 7am and wait in line.

No doubt - and how frustrating it must be for Apple's competitors not being able to cash in on that fact.
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It's a toy to me because thats what I want it to be.

Ok but you have to realize that for people that actually have one it is quickly demonstrating to be a lot more. IPad 2 certainly took care of many iPad shortcomings. That is not to say that iPad 2 is perfect just that it is a vast improvement over the first one.

In any event any device is what you make of it. For some a car is a toy for others it is nothing but transportation.
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I believe Apple is lucky there is no real competition to the iPad, while I was lucky to get mine the first day I was at the Apple store last night and customers are starting to get annoyed at the lack of supply.

I think people are getting tired of hearing show up at 7am and wait in line.

Which is their own stupidity. I went looking for one and found out the local Apple store had the same issue. So took a trip to Target and had one in about 8 minutes from arrival in the parking lot. I really don't know what sort of people would wait inline like that when there are so many alternatives.
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1) Being sold in a toy store doesnt mean its a toy. Im talking to you, Extremeskater.

2) I think this is the most aggressive weve seen Apple market a product. Starting with the battery of pejorative digs at their competition at the iPad 2 event to the number of retail options I think more than ever they have no intention to make the iPad another iPhone, they want it to be another iPod. Monopoly!

Apple dropped the hammer with iPad 2 and broke the competition's back, in all ways, hardware, software, usability (lighter in my hand), etc. Speaking from personal experience, I loved my iPad, but iPad 2 just feels snappier, lighter and more usable.

Apple is now putting the hammer down from a marketing and sales perspective and trying to get them into as many hands as possible. So I agree with you. They are trying/hoping/doing to repeat the success with iPod.

Since it is not tied to a contract like iPhone, it is unencumbered by the issues germane to that arrangement. They're free to sell to whoever can afford one and apparently there a lot of people who can.

Rock On Apple, or wait a minute, arent' they doomed?
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So if it's 'on sale', how much are the discounts off of normal price?
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So if it's 'on sale', how much are the discounts off of normal price?

While on sale often does come with an implied meaning of discount', it can also be used to simply mean 'offered for purchase. I would have used "Apple's iPad 2 now for sale at Toys R Us but its not incorrect, just not a clear as it could be.
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1) Being sold in a toy store doesnt mean its a toy. Im talking to you, Extremeskater.

LOL. I was thinking the same thing.
The iPad is no more a "toy" than a smartphone is a "toy".

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Local ToysRUs (MN) had an iPad2 poster in the window, but didn't get any stock (and isn't on the list of select stores.) Best Buy next door had no inventory, and no clue about any "stockpile" being released this AM. wtf?

That doesn't surprise me. I picked up an iPad keyboard for a significant discount at Best Buy because the sign was still up from a sale that was two months old! I'm not sure how well their employees are trained about such matters.
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Apple is now putting the hammer down from a marketing and sales perspective and trying to get them into as many hands as possible. So I agree with you. They are trying/hoping/doing to repeat the success with iPod.

Since it is not tied to a contract like iPhone, it is unencumbered by the issues germane to that arrangement. They're free to sell to whoever can afford one and apparently there a lot of people who can.

I bring that up all the time in discussions about the iPad.

No contract makes a HUGE difference. I have a 3G iPad1 and have used the 3G for one month out of eleven. It's there if I need it, but I'm not locked into anything.

It's a beautiful thing. If the iPhone (which I don't own because of the whole carrier thing) had the same arrangement it would be completely dominating the U.S. smart phone landscape.
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I was just in an affluent Target store. They advertised the iPad 2 today too. They had 4 Verizon ipad 2 64g. at 2 p.m Pacific and hadn't sold any yet today.
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1) Being sold in a toy store doesn’t mean it’s a toy. I’m talking to you, Extremeskater.

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It's a toy to me because thats what I want it to be. I believe Apple is lucky there is no real competition to the iPad, while I was lucky to get mine the first day I was at the Apple store last night and customers are starting to get annoyed at the lack of supply.

I think people are getting tired of hearing show up at 7am and wait in line.

I have to admire Skater's ability to inhale his own smoke that he's blowing and actually believe what he's saying.

Tell the universities, corporations, the elderly, the kids, the adults, and the vertical industries that they unknowingly purchased a junk kiddie product.

Luck has nothing to do with the lack of competition against the iPad. You very well know it. Apple had years to refine and tweak the iPad before taking the chance to take it to market, against everyone's criticism (including yours) that it would fail.

The competition had DECADES to get their act together, and the vision-less competitors are doing the exact same thing as they have in the past with the PC counterparts, introducing half-baked, low-quality, bloated products that are essentially obsolete before they are even introduced. Landfill material. Not only can they not compete due to lack of intelligence, they are whining that Apple is cornering the components market due to its success where those same folks failed for so many years.

Don't kid yourself, every one of those folks would kill to be in the exact same position that Apple is in right now.

Like it or not, Apple not only has the products, they have the quality, the performance, the ecosystem, the agreements, the developers, and most likely more great products in the pipeline to push the envelope even further. Competitors can't ever compete with that since it would involve too much cooperation with other folks and that will immediately spell failure. They are competing for scraps against each other.

The only thing the competitors can hope for is for Xerox, Canon, Ricoh, and Sharp to have a fire sale on their copy machines.

It's a seriously sad state of affairs, and it shows the utter incompetence of the PC industry to adapt to the desires of the consumer.

Apple earned its position.
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Really great, more stores that disappoints its customers by not having the iPad in inventory!
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Apple dropped the hammer with iPad 2 and broke the competition's back, in all ways, hardware, software, usability (lighter in my hand), etc. Speaking from personal experience, I loved my iPad, but iPad 2 just feels snappier, lighter and more usable.

Apple is now putting the hammer down from a marketing and sales perspective and trying to get them into as many hands as possible. So I agree with you. They are trying/hoping/doing to repeat the success with iPod.

Since it is not tied to a contract like iPhone, it is unencumbered by the issues germane to that arrangement. They're free to sell to whoever can afford one and apparently there a lot of people who can.

This is perhaps stating the obvious, but the iPad has succeeded where netbooks failed: A low cost, lightweight, "subcompact" computer. And yet, it's more than merely a "netbook without a keyboard". Netbooks were underpowered computers with too-small screens, and too-small keyboards, basically slapped together with cheap parts. Even though it turned out to be very nicely priced, the iPad was never designed or built to be a "cheap alternative" to a full-sized laptop. On the contrary, Apple built an entirely new species of computing device*.

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Rock On Apple, or wait a minute, arent' they doomed?

Yup. They're sure to file for bankruptcy any day now...

*Yes, tablets existed long before the iPad, but either they were highly specialized stylus-based devices, with vary narrow scope/usability. Apple came along and did it right. And did it from the ground up, so, essentially, a "new species" of device.
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post #20 of 44
Smart move Apple. I hope it improves availability.
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Everyone wants to sell the iPad 2 because it sells well. Even I am selling iPad 2 on my website because it sells well. You can even get a free iPad 2 on my website if you follow certain conditions.

You frick'in spammer! Here's hoping the management deletes your account before you get to make one more post. That web site is probably full of malware to boot.
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Toys R Us... Hmmm. This is brilliance. Hook the kids when they're young. Granted the iPad may just seem like a toy to kids, but there is no denying the powerful draw of continuing to use things that are familiar if you've been exposed to them at an early age. As little ten-year-old Molly grows accustomed to the iOS interface, how strongly might that influence her desire for more Apple products in the future? Perhaps an iPhone when she's in high school, maybe a MacBook before going to college... Then repeat the cycle with the next generation. It's brilliant! In a somewhat... Insidious... Kind of way?
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I went looking for one and found out the local Apple store had the same issue. So took a trip to Target and had one in about 8 minutes from arrival in the parking lot. I really don't know what sort of people would wait in line like that when there are so many alternatives.

I don't know where you live, but in most of the Los Angeles area waiting in line at an Apple store is almost necessary if you want one now. I've tried Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and they are all sold out.
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The iPad is a toy but it's also a mobile computer. Don't know what's the big fuss about iPad being a toy, I mean, so what? People need to have fun, and if they can afford to pay $499 for a toy, good for them! In fact, the failure of other tablets is at least partly because those tablets don't have enough games, and it's not Apple's fault that those companies don't realize how important games are to people's lives.
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I don't know where you live, but in most of the Los Angeles area waiting in line at an Apple store is almost necessary if you want one now. I've tried Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and they are all sold out.

By now, you could have easily ordered one online and got it.

Unless you're a scalper or the opportunity cost of your time is really low, I don't get this business of waiting-in-line thing at this point.
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I think this is a fitting place to sell it since it comes with a toy camera!
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While I was in the kitchen grabbing another slice of cold breakfast pizza a moment ago the similarities between Windows and Linux OEM PCs came into my head. Remember a few years back when Wal-Mart was selling Linux PCs with (gasp) Lindows on them for about $200? In theory you had a cheaper product with an equally functional OS, but when people got it home the experience tended to be less than stellar.

You've got a similar situation with these Android tablets. Like Linux, Android itself is not necessarily a bad OS. I'm a big fan of Debian myself. Unfortunately just tossing some Linux distribution on a PC haphazardly and marketing how inexpensive and 'open' it is means very little to the average consumer.

And that's why the others are failing and will continue to fail. So many companies are trying to recreate what happened with Microsoft and generic PCs in the 80s, but that era is over. The total experience now is about more than being able to run MS-DOS on cheap hardware.
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By now, you could have easily ordered one online and got it.

Unless you're a scalper or the opportunity cost of your time is really low, I don't get this business of waiting-in-line thing at this point.

+1 I agree just order one online, what's the point to waiting in line after line.

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By now, you could have easily ordered one online and got it.

Unless you're a scalper or the opportunity cost of your time is really low, I don't get this business of waiting-in-line thing at this point.

As I said, "If you want one now". Online orders are still showing 2-3 weeks delivery time. The post from wizard69 makes it sound like you can just stroll in to a Target and pick one up. That has not been my experience in the Los Angeles area. My online order has been placed. If I find one before it gets shipped, I'll cancel the order.
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The iPad is whatever one chooses to make of it. I've had mine for a couple of weeks now and sometimes it's a toy. When I play games on it, it becomes a toy and playing games on it is a lot more fun than I thought it would be, since I'm not even a big gamer. I didn't intend to play many games on it when I purchased it, but now I have a whole home screen dedicated to nothing but games.

Sometimes I use it as a mini tv,and watch cable tv on it and catch up with the news when I'm working on my other Macs and don't want to turn on the big main tv. Netflix is pretty cool on the iPad too. If you have multiple machines, you can start watching on one and then switch over to iPad and the movie starts right where you left off.

I've bought many apps lately, and I'd say that only 15%-20% of them were games. The others were for productivity and other uses.

If the iPad is a toy, then it's a really cool and damn useful toy. There are certain things that I can do on my $500 iPad that I can not do on my other Macs, which costs thousands.
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Got mine today, live on 42nd in NYC, about 5 min walk from Toys R Us in Times Square, they had nothing.

Best Buy at 65'th and Broadway sold me one, 32g white wifi

In the morning by 9am, all 4 Apple stores in NYC are sold out. I have 2 good friends that work at the 14th and 9th store, SOL.

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The hot-selling device will also be available in Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and additional countries in April, Apple has said.

Yep. April 18th. Still no word. I've got a great retailer who is holding one for me when it comes... fingers crossed...
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So if it's 'on sale', how much are the discounts off of normal price?

No, your command of English is in doubt here.

Being "on sale" does not necessarily mean "on sale at a discounted price." You are probably one of those lemmings who sees a "SALE" sign in a shop window and think that you will automatically get discounted prices.

It's just semantics. The only thing that matters is the actual price. It's either cheaper or it is not.

Look at the damned price tag, not the marketing sign in the window.
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No, your command of English is in doubt here.

Being "on sale" does not necessarily mean "on sale at a discounted price." You are probably one of those lemmings who sees a "SALE" sign in a shop window and think that you will automatically get discounted prices.

It's just semantics. The only thing that matters is the actual price. It's either cheaper or it is not.

Look at the damned price tag, not the marketing sign in the window.

Actually, I think most English speakers would consider "on sale" to mean that the price is reduced. The headline should be "Apple's iPad 2 now for sale at Toys R Us" or "Apple's iPad 2 now being sold at Toys R Us" or finally "Apple's iPad 2 now available at Toys R Us".
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Yep. April 18th. Still no word. I've got a great retailer who is holding one for me when it comes... fingers crossed...

We're in the last two weeks of April and still no news for Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. Good luck to all. Another round of madness. Particularly Hong Kong, that is one crazy city from what I hear. Most people there would sell you their mother's liver if they could make a quick buck out of it.
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No, your command of English is in doubt here.

Being "on sale" does not necessarily mean "on sale at a discounted price." You are probably one of those lemmings who sees a "SALE" sign in a shop window and think that you will automatically get discounted prices.

I think in common english usage being 'on sale' certainly does imply a beneficial price. You are correct in your assertion but that is an excessively semantic view. There are no end of english phrases which, went taken literally, do not mean that same thing as what is meant to be expressed.

For example, garnishing wages? Would that be with parsley? In fact, literally, you could say it's the opposite to what happens to a wage when it is garnished. Not to mentioned it's the wrong word anyway...

EDIT: As it turns out, probably a bad word to use as an example, argument runs long and deep on garnish v garnishee. Illustrates however that English is not a static language.
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Apple earned its position.

Agree wholeheartedly!
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1) Being sold in a toy store doesnt mean its a toy.

Yes, actually it does make it a toy. Think about it, what as a child do you still use today? Anything? The thing is we ALL grow out of the things we play with as kids, no matter what they are. So the next generation will become accustom to the idea that an iPad is something they had as a kid, they will be looking for something that is more grown up as they get older, something that doesnt remind them of all the hours they use to spend playing games on it, they will need something that they can use and it encourages productivity in their work field. I think it really does get to that level.
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Yes, actually it does make it a toy.

So, in your simplistic universe everything at Toys R Us is a toy because they have the word toy in their name? I guess that means everything sold in an Apple Store is an Apple product, yet I bet they have more 3rd-party SKUs than 1st-party SKUs, and I bet a great deal of those SKUs work outside Apple products.
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IPad 2 certainly took care of many iPad shortcomings. That is not to say that iPad 2 is perfect just that it is a vast improvement over the first one.

The original iPad had shortcomings? And if iPad 2 is not perfect, would people care to point out those imperfections now? Or will we only hear about them when iPad 3 comes out?
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