Weekend tech reading: 700,000 iPads bought on day one

By on April 4, 2010, 12:23 PM
New iPad launch-day estimate: 600,000-700,000 sold Even with all the hype that preceded the launch of the iPad — or perhaps because of it — Apple managed once again to blow past expectations. Brainstorm Tech

Apple iPad dropped and tortured Here’s the Story: Apparently, YouTube user THISisCaSpEr bought all three models of the WiFi iPad at a Best Buy at Pittsburgh today. And he decided that smashing the $500 iPad with a baseball bat was "fun". iPadInsider

Netbook sales sag as the iPad arrives Apple's iPad is helping cool the computer industry's netbook fever. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs has made no secret of his disdain for the popular, inexpensive mini-notebooks. "Netbooks aren't better than anything. They're just cheap laptops," Jobs said at the Jan. 27 launch of the iPad tablet computer in San Francisco. BusinessWeek

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tengeta tengeta said:

Well you expect to see an iPad smashed eventually, just not exactly on opening day. May as well get it done, a lot of people complain but it helps assess a devices durability so you know what to not risk with it.

gobbybobby said:

Meh. If u are super rich and can afford to Smash several Ipads up. Then Y not! I know I would if I was rich. HAHAHAHAHA.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Every time a new device is released, it takes about 2 nano-seconds for some ***** to post on You Tube of them smashing it. Seriously - what do these morons REALLY do for entertainment?

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

They break high-demand items to watch people squirm and rage on the Internet. In some cases, I bet they might even make a few bucks off the stunt too, considering the attention they get.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I guess we are contributing to the phenomenon by posting it here, so consider this the last time we do so. Next time you have money to burn, like the $500 these people spent on an iPad to break it afterwards, consider donating those funds to a relief effort.

Guest said:

Spending $500 to get an iPad and then smash it just to get publicity demonstrates the stupidity of that person. Better uses of that amount of money can go to the help out the homeless, disaster relief, etc.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

tengeta said:

Well you expect to see an iPad smashed eventually, just not exactly on opening day. May as well get it done, a lot of people complain but it helps assess a devices durability so you know what to not risk with it.

I'd like to see the electronic device that survives a baseball bat. Durability testing is one thing, this guy was just being an *****.

Chazz said:

"Netbooks aren't better than anything. They're just cheap laptops,"

I wonder what he'd have to say about a device like the iPad, if it weren't made by Apple.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I guess the old adage about, "there's a sucker born every minute", is way, way off. I did the math on this, and it appears that there are 486 (give or take) suckers born every minute.

Although I suppose that 700,000 people could be born a minute apart, and Steve Jobs just compressed them into one days worth of suckerdom?, suckerhood?

Whatever, I stayed home.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I guess the old adage about, "there's a sucker born every minute", is way, way off. I did the math on this, and it appears that there are 486 (give or take) suckers born every minute.

Although I suppose that 700,000 people could be born a minute apart, and Steve Jobs just compressed them into one days worth of suckerdom?, suckerhood?

Whatever, I stayed home.

I know I know...you were too busy playing Crysis to be bothered to get up and get yourself an iPad.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I know I know...you were too busy playing Crysis to be bothered to get up and get yourself an iPad.
Hey, read my links.....

Guest said:

Steve Jobs is the Jim Jones of the tech world, he has them drinking the kool-aid.

tengeta tengeta said:

Well theres always an exception, but I for one like to see the result of a device being dropped. It lets you determine your priority in saving the device vs. falling on your ass doing it.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

From what I've read of the iPad, it's quite a nice device. The software makes it a lot more than the lackluster hardware would suggest. I'm still not planning to buy one, and I never understand people who buy products on the first day of release or before (unless they were extensively previewed, which the iPad wasn't).

JudaZ said:

Well you could be out helping homeless people right now, instead you chose to post a comment here.

Why cant a person buy what ever they want, and smash it to pieces if the want to, their money....not yours.

It actually started as an interesting test, they dropped it in the pavement, the iPad got busted....that was all it could take, one drop.

When its broken anyway, and there is no warranty for that, you might as well smash it up and have a bit of fun. Most fun you will ever have with an iPad.

Guest said:

Does anybody in the media ever get things right? Apple's reporting 300,000 sold. Maybe that explains why the 700,000 figure so much exceeds expectations.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Does anybody in the media ever get things right? Apple's reporting 300,000 sold. Maybe that explains why the 700,000 figure so much exceeds expectations.

Do you ever bother to understand the stuff you are bitching about? or do you just see something and have an instinct to complain?

The 300,000 is an estimate on what was sold in stores, the 700,000 includes preorders.

Guest said:

then how could 700,000 be sold in one day? Preorders didn't take place in one day! Freakin *****!

and I'm not bitching! I'm pointing out an error you dipshit!

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

It was an analyst's estimation, nothing more, nothing less. It was not reported as an absolute fact, and the linked story has updated with the official numbers.

JudaZ said:

Actually 700.000 iPads was an estimate made by "experts", 300.000 was the number actually sold, including pre-orders.

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