An iPad Adventure It began yesterday morning at a little after three in the morning when my alarm woke me up so I could see if the Apple Store was open and I could preorder an iPhone 4. I had the iPad on the night stand plugged in to re-charge and so I turned it on and since the store was open I tried to preorder. I don't have to give you the gory details of what ensued, there are plenty of posts on plenty of forums for you to see. I tried until it was time to go to work. Since I had left the iPad charging while making these attempts it was fully charged when I left the house. I work as an instrument tech, and the other techs realized what I was trying to do and gave me some leeway yesterday as in between calls and jobs I would try to complete the preorder. At morning break and lunch and afternoon break I would try again and again without stopping, and of course as many times in between as I could without making my co-workers upset with my activities. But, of course, I was not successful. When I got home I tried twice more on the iPad then switched to the iMac and on the fifth attempt was finally successful in preordering. The whole gist of this report is to say that the iPad working on 3G at work for about 9 hours still had 63% charge on it when I got home. It got into the store and went through the process numerous times without fault until the servers kicked us out. I think the iPad performed as well as any computer would have under the circumstances and with a little luck would have been successful on its own. Where the iMac had an apparent advantage was its speed on the internet. The 3G network was slower than the direct connection that the iMac had However there it is, I am very pleased with the performance of the iPad under trying conditions.