Almost three years ago, I was driving up University Avenue and stopped to grab a coffee at the Peet's Coffee across the Palo Alto store. It was 9AM and Robert Scoble and his son Patrick had just arrived to wait in line for their iPhones (as memorized by this post). They waited 33 hours.
Fast forward to today, 1pm-ish: I was walking over to grab lunch at Pluto's, also across from the Apple Store. And guess who was there, waiting first in line for his iPad this time ;). Ton of hype around this launch, sure! Some rain too, which sucks for the few people who are now waiting for the opening of the store tomorrow at 9am, when they start selling the much expected device.
Me? I am super excited, and will be at the Store around 11am tomorrow to grab the iPad I have reserved the day it came on pre-sale. And I am certain that it will become the 3rd device, between my phone(s) and my laptops(s), that I will be carrying around the house and some of my trips.
I am also extremely bullish for the iPad as a gaming platform, and two games developed by cos of mine have just made TechCrunch's list of best iPad applications: Tap Tap Radiation and Red Fish (respectively from Tapulous and FreshPlanet, which we just decloaked around this launch).