Ok ... (deep breath) After taking about 5 hours, I finally got the ios 5 to work on my ipad 2. Somewhere when I was surfing, I was asked to change my apple id, and I did. When the ipad finally came to, i had double of ALL my apps on it. SO, I restored the ipad to factory, signed out of the store, and signed in with my new apple id. Fine, EXCEPT for the fact that I now no longer have 25 gb of storage on icloud, because it's a different id .... AND, the email address that I was using at *me.com is now "taken" (of course, it's taken by me) Does that make sense?? Any ideas of what I can do???