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

By Matthew · 20 replies
Apr 4, 2010
  1. 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

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  2. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    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.
  3. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    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.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,057   +1,491

    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?
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +103

    :) 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.
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,154   +1,226

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 996   +93

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

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    "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.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,576   +3,752

    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.
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

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

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,576   +3,752

    Hey, read my links.....
  13. Steve Jobs is the Jim Jones of the tech world, he has them drinking the kool-aid.
  14. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    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 *** doing it.
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,643   +304

    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).
  16. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    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.
  17. 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.
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    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.
  19. 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!
  20. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,270   +103

    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.
  21. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

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