The Apple Store in the Galleria was pretty busy Friday afternoon, even though the iPAD doesn't go on sale until Saturday. So far there aren't any long lines of people camped out, but there's still plenty of buzz. Steve Smith and Martin Walton were in the store and plan to come back. Right now, they're just curious.
Martin Walton: "I don't really know what it does. It just looks like a big iPhone."
Steve Smith: "Yeah really, I don't know it's about what it is or anything yet. So yeah, interesting to see what you can do."
What exactly is the iPAD? Well, it's like a laptop computer the size of a magazine and weighs just a pound a half. According to Apple, the iPAD is a web browser for your living room, an e-book reader for the den, a movie player for the kids, a photo album, a jukebox, a gamer's best friend, a word processor, an e-mail machine, and YouTube junkie's dream come true. But even with all that, not everyone is impressed.
"30 gig of memory — in today's world?"
Jean Marc Gandonou who teaches computers, says he's still not buying it.
"So I'm looking forward to looking at it. But I won't buy it. It's a toy. With 32 megabytes, there's nothing you can do with that."
Bill: "So what are you telling your students?
"Don't buy it unless you want to waste money and play."
The iPAD ranges in price between five and eight hundred dollars depending on how much storage space it has. And there's one more feature you might like...the iPAD also has a NPR application.