Apple's iPad may have disappointed gadget fiends around the Web, but it seems to be a hit in Norway, where local stores have been overwhelmed with pre-orders. Norwegian retailer Eplehuset (Apple House) has reportedly suspended pre-orders after selling out of the oversized iPod Touch. Those who have successfully placed an order will have a device reserved, but others will have to find another outlet or simply wait for fresh stock.
Humac, another Apple reseller, has also quietly yanked the iPad from its online store. It's speculated that the sites have already sold thousands of units, most of which have been the more expensive 64GB iPad with 3G. Naturally, since most countries aren't offering pre-orders yet (including the US), there's no way to determine if other regions will share Norway's enthusiasm.
The interest comes despite a disproportionally higher price. It's believed that the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad is selling for around 3790 kroner, or about $640.