Apple Sells 300K iPads

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After all the speculation, Apple announced it sold over 300,000 iPads in the U.S. on its first day of sales. Also, iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 eBooks from the iBookstore during the first day.
“iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad,” said CEO Steve Jobs, who must have enjoyed this past weekend.
The tally is slightly below some analysts predictions, according to those reported on BusinessWeek.
By comparison, it took 74 days for Apple to sell its first million iPhones, said The Huffington Post.
But we’ll have to wait for the final verdict on the iPad as a true paradigm shift in portable computing. The jury is still out on the iPad’s utility as an eReader and much of the device’s utility will depend on the uniqueness of the apps it attracts.
Early reviews say the video is dazzling, and rendering is fast. “Picture books” such as comic books and graphic novels come alive. It’s a five-star photo-viewer and eBook browsing is great. The big screen makes email and calendar functions very easy to use. The drawbacks: it’s heavy to hold as an eReader, and you’ve already heard the drill: no flash, no multitasking, no camera, and no USB flash drive connection.
Here’s some excerpts from reviews:
“File handling is a compartmentalized, frustrating experience. You have to associate files with a specific app at the bottom of the Apps tab…” —NETWORKWORLD
“But how well does the iPad… perform as an e-reader? Here, the iPad stumbles big time. Though I loved how easily I could turn pages with a light touch to the side of the book, my hands grew tired of holding the iPad after a few minutes…”–NETWORKWORLD
“Games in particular come alive with the big screen, immersing you in ways that their iPhone counterparts can’t accomplish. Playing a racing title like Real Racing HD or Need for Speed, the iPad feels more like a console experience than a handheld one.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Without multitasking, apps like streaming radio provider Pandora or Twitter client TweetDeck lose some of their usefulness. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the lack of Flash video.” San Francisco Chronicle

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