iPad 2 at Best Buy? Blink and it's Gone

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Sure, Best Buy and Toys R Us are promoting iPad 2s this week, but don't count on finding a tablet available for purchase at your nearest big box store.

A few calls this morning confirmed that many stores received limited quantities of the device (if any) and they were sold out early in the day.

I called the three Best Buys closest to me in the Portland, Oregon area to see if I could waltz in and purchase Apple's new tablet.

I was out of luck.

None of the stores had any in stock when I called around 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Only one said it was taking reservations and expected shipments to come sometime this week. An employee from another store said the few units the store had to sell were gone within an hour of opening.

The local Toys R Us didn't receive any iPad 2s to sell and wasn't sure when they would be getting any in, according to an employee from the electronics section.

Just for kicks I called a few stores out of state for comparison.

Near the iPad's home at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, a Best Buy in Mountain View played an automated message stating it doesn't have any iPad2s and isn't taking reservations. A San Jose, was sold out and a store in Manhattan was sold out but taking reservations today only.

To make a long story short, if you didn't already snatch up an iPad 2 this morning, you probably won't be getting one anytime soon.

Best Buy is still selling the device in store only and online sellers, including Apple's Online Store, say the device will ship within ten days at the earliest.

If you want to keep an eye out for devices in the store you can now pick up the iPad 2 at the Apple Store, AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, Verizon Wireless and Walmart.

Happy hunting.

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At a Glance
  • The iPad 2 remains a solid choice, thanks to its lower price and strong app choices.


    • Slimmer design with curved edges is easier to hold
    • Comparatively light at 1.3 pounds


    • Tediously slow to charge
    • Relies on PC link to iTunes for updates, backups
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