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Today's the day

The day has finally arrived. After a whole week of waiting, those who found the iPad 2 announcement last week a life-changing revelation can now run to the Apple Store and get one. And those who hadn't got round to getting an iPad but have now, quite independently, decided to get one will find it's a thin, fast iPad 2 that they get.

And with release, of course, comes reviews! And they're pretty good. Our pals (we read them religiously; they don't know we exist; it's a healthy friendship) at Engadget delivered the quote that will have had Apple's execs jumping for joy: 'The iPad 2 isn't just the best tablet on the market, it feels like the only tablet on the market. As much as we'd like to say that something like the [Motorola] Xoom has threatened Apple's presence in this space, it's difficult (if not impossible) to do that.'

Strong stuff. Then there was the New York Times, which raved about the iPad 2's thinness. 'Just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience. We're not talking about a laptop or a TV, where you don't notice its thickness while in use. This is a tablet. You are almost always holding it. Thin and light are unbelievably important for comfort and the overall delight. Thin and light, skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight. Ahem.

So go and get one! Or don't. We're not the boss of you.

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