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Jake Lee (right) trying out an iPad before becoming the UK's first owner

Prospective iPad purchasers have already set up camp outside Apple stores across the UK, but many of those facing a night in the cold have yet to try the iPad for themselves. We thought that was a bit unfair, so we took our American iPad in London down to Apple’s flagship Regent St store to see how it went down.

The UK’s first iPad owners are already out in force. There was a small crowd outside Apple’s biggest store, and at the head of the queue was 17 year old Jake Lee (pictured right). He’d never held an iPad until today, so we gave him a few minutes with Electricpig’s own Apple tablet.

“It’s amazing,” he said, “I’ll be getting the 64GB Wi-Fi – I already have 3G on my phone, so I don’t want to pay twice… although I’ve already spent £100 on apps, TV shows and movies. I’m ready for it.

“I’ll be using it mostly for entertainment, although I’ve bought all the iWorks apps, so I can take it to school too.”

Jake’s not alone outside the Apple store though. Camped out with jackets, sleeping bags and camping chairs, he’s accompanied by two friends who say they weren’t planning on buying an iPad tomorrow, but after playing with Electricpig’s will be buying a 16GB model each.

And we weren’t the only passers by bringing gifts for the UK’s most intrepid Apple fanboys. Members of the public bought the boys Subway sandwiches and drinks while we watched, and so far they’ve only been camped out for four hours.

Good luck on London’s chilly streets tonight, boys!

Out tomorrow | From £429 | Apple

  • CJ84

    The unfortunate position of the window display in the background suggests this young man has some very strange ears!

    • Mic Wright

      I thought he was just a Vulcan.

  • Lee

    Should have ordered it online, got mine delivered this morning and I didn’t have to queue either!

    • http://www.gravatar.com James Holland

      Aww, c’mon Lee! They’re having fun! And we gave ‘em an iPad to play with while they waited! Good on ‘em I say. Never too young to be fully fledged gadget addicts!

  • James

    Why didn’t they just pre-order? I’ve had mine for 24 hours now, with no queuing through the night

    • http://www.electricpig.co.uk Ben Sillis

      Before yesterday I would have agreed with you – but hearing about the freebies those at the front were being treated to, I can see why they might have decided to gamble on it.

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