For others, the iPad has become their all-in-one entertainment device.
Alden Nadolski, a senior at Solvay High School, was sitting on a bench in front of the Apple Store, at the Carousel Center mall, downloading application programs onto his iPad. Nadolski, of Lyncourt, said he bought the iPad April 12 and uses it to listen to his music while traveling.
"I never had a iPod, Nadolski said. "But the iPad is very handy, and a good way to keep me entertained when I travel. In the hotels, with computers, I could upload my pictures onto it from there."
The device does not have USB memory inputs that allow users to upload pictures directly, but through email people are able to transfer pictures onto the iPad, which has a larger screen than an iPod to view pictures.
Apple Inc. reported higher profits this quarter with a revenue spike of 49 percent to $13.5 billion. A large portion of those profits are coming from the early iPad adopters like these central New Yorkers who are beginning to find a place for their iPad between their larger laptops and smaller cellular phones.
Some people do not want to buy an iPad at this time because of its sticker price that can cost as much as a laptop, especially the higher end models that cost more than $700.
Yuvraj Kumar, of East Syracuse, was in the Carousel Center mall's Apple Store checking out the iPad. Kumar said the price of the iPad is too expensive to buy right now and wants to wait until the next version comes out that is more affordable.
"It's sleek," Kumar, the engineer said. "The user interface is very responsive and everything is good about it, but the bad part is that it's expensive for $500 bucks."
Despite the price though, the iPad seems to attract buyers of all ages for a variety of reasons.