The hope is that apple will allow preorders. If they don't, I would try going out to the Apple store and fighting the rush to try and get one on launch day. It will probably seem pretty chaotic but it will be worth it. Pre order if they have the option to do do though.
I was determined to own an asus prime. I pre ordered in two stores and as luck would have it I realized no matter what I owned at the time I was going to have an ip3.
I own an ip2 since several weeks after it launched.
Luckily for me the all mighty " iPad killer " asus prime tab and dock turned out and still is a big disappointment for thousands. Wifi and gps issues took over instantly and now it's not so much a killer of anything but people's wallets.
Do not expect issues from ip3 . They pretty much have the technology down pat. apple is the best at what they do. Give it a shot early on but whatever the outcome, Everyone will get one.
Now , who is thinking about owning the ipad4 ? Ooh ooh Me , me , me
The "iPad killer" is pretty much a figment of the geek press' imagination. They had their pop at Microsoft, failing miserably, then when Apple started rising to the top of the heap, turned their sights from Redmond to Cupertino.
With more iPads in circulation that every other tablet put together, 25 billion apps downloaded and a bank balance that would allow them to buy Canada, Apple will have to make some serious foulups to enable the competition to get much more than a foot in the door.
The key thing is that every time they change something, they improve it, drastically. You're right. The first owners of the iPad 3 won't be beta testers. They will have a complete, finished, quality product that will last for years. But the real beauty of Apple products is that last years model is still useful. While constantly improving their products, they also prevent older equipment from becoming obselete overnight, quite a feat when you think about it.
Now I have a but kick Android Tablet and a but kick IP2. Probably pass on a 3. The 2 does everything I want and need. I may have another look around IP5.
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Hope you pulled the trigger, preorders are now shipping in 2-3 weeks
I do wish Apple would put a MicroSD expansion slot in their products though.
My apple store has them all in stock. I was surprised.
iPad 4 White 32GB