Jim Hamm is now the "proud owner of a new iPad Air." And he goes on to give us some interesting details.
"I got to the Apple Store in Scottsdale about 7:45 am this morning (Friday, the first day of sale), and got at the end of the line -- about 30 people were ahead of me. Soon, more gathered behind me. At two minutes before 8 all the employes of the store came out and ran down the 'gauntlet' line, hollering and giving us high-fives.
"Then, we were paired up with an Apple Associate to start the purchase. Once that was consummated we were assigned to another 'set-up' person who helped us get everything set up on the new 'Pad.' It all went quickly, except I had a problem switching over my cellular plan with AT&T from my iPad 2 to my new iPad Air. AT&T actually had a representative in the store and she finally got the issue resolved.
"For a while I compared the iPad Air with my iPad 2 side by side. Compared the screens, how fast websites would load in each, etc. Conclusion? Not a significant difference between the two. Nominally, the iPad Air has a faster processor, but in actual use I couldn't tell an appreciable difference. But I suspect loading of apps and transferring songs probably went quicker due to the faster processor. The sound quality of the speakers on the iPad Air are much better, and actually have a pleasant sound. I like listening to music so this is a plus."