UK iPad Pre-Orders Start Today

In case you didn't know, UK (and other countries) can pre-order the iPad today, for delivery on the 28th May 2010. A very exciting day for all those who have waited instead of importing a device from the US.

So for the UK, WiFi only versions weigh in at £429, £499 and £599 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively. If you want to add 3G into the mix, then the pricing is £100 higher on all models. This makes them £529, £599 and £699 for either the 16GB, 32GB or 64GB capacity.

Some people have been complaining that here in the UK we are being ripped off. Well, just to clarify, UK prices include sales tax, whereas in the US they do not. Sales tax in the US varies from area to area, typically around 8%. If you take this into account, we are paying about an extra £40 here. However, if you import one yourself and find customs asking you to pay import duty, then expect an average bill of £60 to £70. The only way you could save some money is if you have a friend who lives in Delaware, where the current sales tax is 0%. However, even with the saving, you will still have to pay for a courier to bring you your new toy.