Did You Get Your iPad on Black Friday?

Target-Black-FridayApple was pretty secretive on their Black friday sale. Target seemed to be the best option for an iPad this week and people stood in line for their black friday deal as early as 8 PM Thursday night. So did you get a new iPad Air or iPad mini?

After scouring the ads, I chose to stand in line at Target last night. They offered a $100 gift card with purchase of an iPad Air or $75 for an iPad mini. I got there at 7:50 expecting about 25-30% of the crowd was heading toward the iPad line.

Walmart offered $100 gift cards for iPad mini. Best Buy also had a gift card deal. Apple store only had a $75 card, didn’t advertise their deals and also didn’t give any deal for a Retina mini. So hopefully the 20% waiting in front of me for iPads won’t deplete the inventory too bad.

Once the doors opened, the line moved quicker than a one horse open sleigh. Of course, that was the first line. The second line was the true wait – people anxious for their iPads for the holidays.

What was interesting was the people I talked to in line already had iPads. This was either an upgrade or they wanted to get a second tablet for their families. One person was waiting for a Nexus 10 tablet, but decided to get the iPad as well.

Target was also ready for this event as most people got the iPad they wanted. They did run out of 16 GB iPad Air at about 9:30 PM. I was in line for a 32 GB model anyway and I saw a lot of iPad minis getting sold, too.  You could even get 2nd and 4th generation iPads that night.

I tweeted VegasBill during the event, who also was waiting in a Target store line in Vegas. I shouted out “This is what it will look like in a couple hours”.

I don’t normally do Black Friday. Those years I did, I was always disappointed because it was 4 in the morning and we would have to wait 6-8 weeks for rebates of specials.

This year was a bit different. I wasn’t too upset on the 2+ hour wait and I got the iPad Air I was looking for. Best part – I got a gift card which I could use at that moment if I wanted.

I did suggest that next year Target should talk with Starbucks and get a mobile barista to stand at the iPad line selling coffee…

Conan O’Brien Introduces the New iPad Mini Ad

Late night comedian Conan O’Brien has made Apple and Samsung regular targets with video spoofs regarding some of their product releases and news.  Last night he took on Apple’s newest product, the iPad Mini.  It’s all in good fun and not a serious hit against the Cupertino company, but it’s hilarious none-the-less.

I won’t give any spoilers her, but instead let you watch the video, which is posted below.  Pay special attention to the end, which is where they lend Apple some help with a new company slogan.  The video has been making the rounds today and it’s getting quite a bit of attention.

Google is no doubt  thrilled with this, given their release yesterday of the new versions of the Nexus tablet, which Apple seemed to fear and the fact that they actually took shots on the Android tablet during their show announcing their new iPad Mini.  That was an unprecedented move by the company, which has generally stuck to talking about their own product and been mum about the competition.

The JLE Guys are at it Again with Banned iPad Mini Promo

Not long ago the comedians behind JLE created quite a stir with their “Banned iPhone 5 Promo” and now they are at it again with a new video honoring the recently announced iPad Mini.  These guys have perfected the art of spoofing big tech launches and they do a great job of looking very Apple employee-like.  This latest three minute video takes on the iPad Mini camera, connector and display to name just a few things.

Today was supposed to be the big Google Nexus event where we were going to see new products like the LG Nexus phone, the Nexus 10 and and the 32 GB Nexus 7.  The last of those devices apparently launched without the event, as it has shown up for sale at several retail locations this morning, including Wal-Mart.  With all of that news now postponed indefinitely it’s a perfect day to kick back and enjoy a good, quick comedy video.