iPad 2 customers hedge their bets

Majority of poll respondents wait to see how device performs before purchasing

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iPad 2 customers hedge their bets Many consumers in the Middle East are planning on waiting to see how the device performs before purchasing an iPad 2. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 5, 2011

Customers in the UAE are hedging their bets when it comes to purchasing the new iPad 2, according to a spot poll by ITP.net.

Thirty-six percent of the respondents said they would be waiting to see how the device performs when compared to other brands before making their purchase.

Thirty percent of the respondents said they would prefer to buy another brand altogether and skip the iPad 2, while 28% said they were going to purchase one as soon as they could get hold of one.

A lucky four percent of respondents said their company was purchasing an iPad for them.

The iPad 2 proved to be a hit in the US when it went on sale, selling out within days. The device officially hit the UAE's shores on 29th April, but grey market versions were on sale as early as 14th march, just days after it was launched in the US on

Prices for the grey market models ranged from from $870.93 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version to $1,292.85 for the 64GB 3G Wi-Fi version on ALshop.com, while mygsm.me is selling the 16GB 3G plus Wi-Fi model for $980.26 and aido.com is selling the 16GB 3G plus Wi-Fi device for $1,099 and the 16GB Wi-Fi only model for $969.95.

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi only can now be bought for $585 for the 16GB model, $694 for the 32GB and $817 for the 64GB, while the 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G sells for $721, $844 for the 32GB and $980 for the 64GB model.

Prices in the US start from $499 for the basic model.

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