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Muscovite buys the first iPad 2

March 11, 2011: 7:34 PM ET

A Russian IT specialist on an "iPad holiday" is the first out the door in New York City

Shumiloe with his iPads. Photo: PED

Because Alex Shumiloe didn't need an AT&T (T) or Verizon (VZ) account, his purchase of a pair of white 64GB Wi-Fi+3G iPad 2s Friday could not have been smoother.

So 4 minutes and 29 seconds after he entered Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Ave. retail store, he was bounding up the store's curved staircase -- the first person out the doors of the big glass cube and very likely the first paying customer in the world to take possession of Steve Jobs' newest must-have gadget.

He was immediately besieged by camera-wielding tourists, press photographers and videographers determined to capture him waving a pair of white boxes above his head.

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