It's been a long, fidgety wait, but at last the Apple iPad 2 is finally out on sale in the UK. Crave sauntered down to the flagship Apple Store in Regent Street to check out the ensuing queuing mania, and take a few snaps. Click through the photos above to check 'em out.
We were astonished to note that a poll conducted by gadget insurers ProtectYourBubble showed that 28 per cent of men in the queue had a beard -- a shocking increase on last years launch, at which only 16 per cent of punters were wearing face-fluff. Is Apple becoming a more tempted brand to the bearded gentleman? We welcome your theories in the comments.
We were certainly impressed with the iPad 2, awarding it a healthy four out of five stars in our in-depth review.
But our coverage of Apple's slender slate doesn't stop there, oh my goodness no. We're fully loaded and ready to discharge several thousands rounds of iPad 2 knowledge in your direction, so head on over to our iPad 2 complete guide, which collects all our videos, photo galleries and round-ups in place.
The iPad 2 comes in several different versions, with varying storage capacities and in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G options, so you'll want to read our which iPad 2 should you buy? story. It's also worth considering the first iPad, which is significantly cheaper now it's standing in the shadow of its slimmer, speedier cousin.
Speedier is right -- the iPad 2 performed brilliantly in our graphics benchmark test, and compares favourably sizewise when measured against its Android competitor, the Motorola Xoom. (Though the iPad still can't play Flash videos -- what's up with that?)
Update: While you're here, why not watch our new video comparing the fans queueing for the Nintendo 3DS and the iPad 2.