Apple takes over 50,000 iPad orders in first two hours

By Matthew ยท 62 replies
Mar 12, 2010
  1. nayelir

    nayelir TS Rookie

    I'm surprised that amount of people were already into buying an Ipad. It's such a strange name: IPad. Anyways, I'll be skimming reviews to see what these buyers think of the Ipad. I personally would rather just buy a laptop that is easer and foldable. It might be hard to use depending on where you use it. The IPad doesn't even have a large hard drive.
  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    The early buyers are the Appleheads and the victims of they hype frenzy... Most of the smart consumers who aren't driven by irrational OCD-like needs to buy anything Apple, or anything new and shiny, will wait a bit and see if the iPad manages to get some killer "must-have" apps that will push them off the fence. I know publishers are embracing it, magazines like Popular Science are making their content available on the platform, and there is a strong push to make it a necessity of some kind... But I'm still with most of the more well-versed technophiles out there, and find that the price/features ratio is just unacceptable, particularly when you factor in the draconian limitations and lockdowns on apps that are Apple's normal M.O.

    The iPad will obviously have enough buyers to be successful. But competing tablet slates with more power, more features, and less restrictions will be the big winners in the long run. I think there will be a stabilization that will end up providing a very close parallel between the iPad vs. other tablets ratios and the Mac vs other computers ratios.
  3. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Lets bow down to the creator and give him more of our money. Long live Steve Jobs. :p I have to hand it to Apple for PR though.
  4. flocka

    flocka TS Rookie Posts: 40

    i was one of those in the first two hours
  5. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    This is proof that Apple can slap their brand name and image on any given item and sell it. It doesn't matter if said item lacks expected features, is completely overpriced, or has any other number of drawbacks. If it has the Apple name (and pricetag), people will eat it up.

    Even though I personally view anyone that purchases this as a complete tool, I have to commend Apple for being able to sell their image to these people. They have certainly created a loyal following. If Apple were to deliver nothing but a box of steaming dog crap to these peoples' doors, they would still ask for more.
  6. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    iPad = worst piece of "magic" ever.

    Show me a Tegra 2 tablet, and I will buy it right now.
  7. AimHigh99

    AimHigh99 TS Rookie

    These numbers don't surprise me at least because there are so many Apple fanboys out there. As for me, I will wait at least until second generation, then I might consider getting it myself. There are always so many problems with first generation gadgets.
  8. AimHigh99

    AimHigh99 TS Rookie

    Even though the name might suggest a feminine product, it is still a bragging right if you have one when it comes out. Heck, I bet there will be a lot of people who will have to wait couple more month to buy it because the demands are so high.
  9. thechicola

    thechicola TS Rookie

    Amazing Numbers, what's that?
  10. ace2020

    ace2020 TS Rookie

    That's INCREDIBLE and it looks like a winner to me. All my friends alrady want one (me too)!
    Hopefully other features will be added (phone) and the price will go down a bit.
    Apple always jump starts the industry and to bad it didn't have 95% (ok maybe 33%) of the market!
  11. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    I can see it now...over 50,000 people will get their shinny new toy, open it up, think it's God's gift to the world, and then not understand why they can't visit most of their favorite websites. They will then learn that the iPad doesn't support flash (yeah...good move there, Apple) and will either use it for documents, pictures, and illegally downloaded movies, or they will return it.

    The iPad is to Apple like Windows Vista was to Microsoft. A time when the developers hang their head in shame for creating a piece of crap, lol.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I was just reading an article yesterday I think about how maybe people don't need a device that has 40000 features and can do all kinds of things. That a lot of people just want a device that does a few things and does them very well. The iPod, iPhone, and probably the iPad do this. Most people aren't 'techies' and get confused if there get to be too many features, or too many menus/configuration options.

    I think most of the people that bought one are going to be very pleased with their device, provided there isn't some unforeseen glitches in the hardware.

    And since I've posted that I want to make a comment about something that was on the first page, but I didn't think it warranted an entire post just for it. Of those 50,000 preorders, I doubt many (if any) were bulk orders, Apple limited preordering to 2 per person. So to bulk order you'd have to go through quite a bit of hassle to work around that.
  13. ain77

    ain77 TS Rookie

    Well i think the iPad fever won't be as hot and popular like the iPhone. Appeals to masses afraid not maybe to die hard fans whereas the iPhone was more compact and accessible.
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