VIDEO/PHOTOS: iNuts go ga-ga for the Pad

About 80 people turned out at dawn for the much-hyped launch of the new iPad, which some say will revolutionize computing


First buyer out of the Apple Store at Estero's Coconut Point Mall Saturday, Logan Roberts, tinkers with his new iPad. A technical company employee on a support network level, Roberts said he'll be using the device for fun as well as work.

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First buyer out of the Apple Store at Estero's Coconut Point Mall Saturday, Logan Roberts, tinkers with his new iPad. A technical company employee on a support network level, Roberts said he'll be using the device for fun as well as work.

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— Pre-sales hype? Sure. Speed and practicality? Absolutely. Operative word? Awesome.

These were the thoughts of the 80 or so buyers who turned out at dawn Saturday for the launch of the much-vaunted iPad at the Apple Store in Estero’s Coconut Point mall.

The local launch of the device, which looks like a cross between a netbook and King Kong’s iPhone, attracted people of all ages.

First in line was Sultan Chakkar, a 22-year-old who used to work for the Apple company.

“I’ve always had a knack for Macs,” he said. “They’re so easy to use. The iPad seems too practical, it’s natural that we compute with our hands.”

Former guidance counselor Eddie Foster, 69, said she’d decided to acquire an iPad “to get into line with the 21st century.”

She said she remembers well the early days of computers.

“They were rudimentary,” she said. “My first look at one in Long Island was the great big thing in a room all by itself.”

Chakkar recalls being frustrated with dial-up Internet connections when he was a student.

“I have an iPhone, iPod, iMac and now an iPad in a couple of hours,” he said.

Gabriella Setaro, 10, said her family was buying just one iPad, and that she’d probably be third in line to try it out after dad Joseph, mom Lorry and sister Gabriella.

First buyer out of the store was Logan Roberts, who works for a technology company that provides network level support for clients such as doctors.

Tinkering with the device even before he reached his car, he said its quick loading capabilities were awesome.

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