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April 5, 2010

So, do people actually like the iPad?

Posted: 10:30 AM ET

After months of hype, dozens of reviews, plenty of television promos and an Easter weekend appearance at an Apple store by the high priest of gadgetry himself, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company's long-awaited iPad is finally in the hands of consumers.

So how did they like it? Is the iPad a runaway early success? Here are a few ways to measure:

  • Sales: On Saturday, the day the product was released, Apple says it sold 300,000 iPads. Analysts estimate the company sold between 300,000 to 700,000 of the touch-screen "slate" computers over the weekend.
  • [Read the full story on sales at CNNMoney.com]
  • Anticipation: 300,000 iPads is about what analysts expected Apple to sell on opening day.
  • Comparison: The iPhone - which some think is basically a smaller version of the iPad - launched in 2007 as Apple's greatest hit in recent memory. Analysts estimated 200,000 iPhones were sold on the day it debuted, which is a third less than the iPad. The iPhone sold its millionth unit 74 days after it hit the market.
  • Reviews: The mainstream press wrote mostly glowing reviews for the iPad in advance of its release on Saturday. Some consumers have expressed disappointment with their purchases. Others find pros and cons, but many say they really love the device. [Here's a wrap-up of reviews from CNN iReporters].
  • Mainstream appeal: By some accounts, most of the people who bought iPads already were Apple fans - i.e., nearly three-fourths of them already owned a Mac, according to a Piper Jaffray survey. How the device will fare with people outside the Cult of Mac is a question up for debate.
  • Apps: Apps - or the games, applications and programs that run on a gadget - really made the iPhone sing with consumers, because apps determine what a device can do. More than 1,000 apps have been designed specifically for the iPad's 9.7-inch screen, and the New York Times says developers are rushing to update them now that the device is out. Consumers already have downloaded more than 1 million iPad apps, according to an Apple press release - so that's about three apps per iPad to date.
  • Revolution: Some analysts expect the iPad to revolutionize the area of tablet computing, which Microsoft and others have tried to push on consumers in the past, but with only limited success. The iPad's success may buoy the entire tablet market, says USA TODAY. The newspaper says once-stale tablets "may be the new hot thing."
  • Debauchery: Finally, if the hackers don't like your gadget, you know you have a problem. But, in what could be read as a good or bad sign for Apple, a video of someone "jailbreaking" the iPad has already surfaced.

Have you gotten your hands on an iPad? If so, let us know what you think of it, either by posting a comment below or by submitting a video to this CNN iReport assignment. (You can find other consumer reviews there, too).

Also, if you still have questions about what the iPad is and what exactly it does (don't worry, some people in line to buy the device still were unsure of what it was), here are two guides to understanding the iPad, and picking the right one.

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Miko   April 7th, 2010 2:25 am ET

"Ignorant zombies" and "sheep". What is this? Am I in a town hall meeting? I'm perplexed. My only regret in getting an iPad: It has hateful angry people on it. Maybe it's a form of jealousy? It seems like more but I can't put my finger on it. Fear of change? Projection of one's own ignorance and sheepness? Feeling of insignificance? Maybe just the age-old PC/Mac polarity coming to a head...


Miko   April 7th, 2010 2:32 am ET

The saying used to go "if you can't beat em, join em", but with some here it seems to be "if you can't join em, beat em". Seems to be a deeper thread in society today, a lot of frustration and rage...


deepwater805   April 7th, 2010 4:58 am ET

Wow! 300k bought iPads! No wonder the internet sped up today with 300k less users logged on.....


ripoff   May 17th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

Apple is so ripoff on this ipad, price it way too high for a divice with limit function. It probably cost them $200 to make this thing and how much they selling it? Is this a big itouch?


Pamela   August 5th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

I got my i Pad on May the 29th and was overjoyed. I am still thrilled and it is so easy for me to see everything. I have an I phone and it is just too small. My grandkids thinks it is awesome as well.


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joe   October 5th, 2010 5:21 pm ET

I have a 3g model and i take it everywhere i go,i must be responsible for some sales because when i use it people come right over and ask many questions,then oooh and ahh over what it can do.


hemnebob   October 20th, 2010 8:57 am ET

my daughter has one and it is really a cool device to have.
definitely on the luxury side of owning one but i would recommend it to alot of people over 50 that might not need a desktop and just enjoys the option of the internet and all its capabilities. i can't wait to own one myself but will see what happens at the end of this year before i splurge!!


Lawerence Lee   November 1st, 2010 2:41 pm ET

I had the liberty of testing this unit. during my testing stages, I found that yes it may be a overgrown ipod. but with apps like Netflix, your movie watching days are now mobile. I had the 64gb 3g version which was short of the amount of space needed to add more songs.. with this test, 8500 songs were added and 23 digital movies from movies I bought at best buy, they give you the digital one as well. I had a over good experience. when the jailbreak came out, I was not sure if I was going to update it, but I gave it a whirl, and d found that alot of apps for the iphone 3g worked without a hitch. The speaker located on the bottom of the ipad wasnt nice, I would prefer the speakers to have more then one outlet. Apple should have thought about thru the display, or evem on the sides, rather then the bottom. The Screen being big, makes it easy for people with bad eye sight to enjoy the perks of road entertainment. my final point of this write up is simple.. does it work for work? does it help you in your everyday office work? does it replace a laptop? does it do the wonders that others have? simple answer to all of them NO.. my next feat will be the blackberry. As of now with the RIM technology, it will be interesting to see what comes out of them.

I have seen a new ipad clones out in china.. again, cheap software, horrible graphics, and more issues. can apple improve? Yes they can, but they need people who work everyday with IT to help contribute more to their development. too bad they would not hire the people who really give them a run for their money. the guru's they supposedly have, what do they know?? they work for apple.. duh.

is it worth it? nah.... the price should have been 50% lower then they priced it.

Not to fear even microsoft is collecting the negative feedback on this apple thing, and be rest assured their programmers are working hard to give Steve something to chew on.

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clause funston   November 2nd, 2010 4:38 am ET

I think it looks cool but not practical. it is supposed to be portable - use anywhere. But if you touch the screen accudentially - and that will happen a lit if you are using it "actively", evetrything changes. What good is that? I can't believe everyone buys into this hype.


brenda   November 2nd, 2010 12:39 pm ET

I love love love my ipad. I have only owned laptops, and this work far better for me, and for my job.


Paulito   November 2nd, 2010 2:18 pm ET

I am a PC user / web designer who needed to purchase an iPad to research how it would affect web pages and in that department it is a huge dissappointment as it is clearly a retro, back to low resolution 1024 X 768, non multi-tasking, non flash, non USB environment that virtually pulls us back to circa 1998 computing.

It is fundamentally tied to the apron strings of "I Tunes" and typically reflects Apple's selfish fascism and uni-dimensional, corner the market on all peripherals and take a piece of every App action mentality.

Profitable? of course! so five stars there for their business model. Restricting on individual freedom to interact with other devices? well even their exclusive video out cable for $40 does not actually output to your video recorder or display device... it only outputs authorized "apps" which by the way are tiny fragmented pieces of what used to be called software programs, only now they are so specific as to resemble just one or two features out of a total program.

Buying apps is kind of like buying one feature in Photoshop and then purchasing each filter seperately, including the option to SAVE your work 'app'.

All in all I cannot wait for ANY legitimate alternative that gives us back the original ideal that computers promised, compatibility, cross platform communication without the I Tunes censor hub and basically just sane, civilized evolutionary features that expand your options not constrain them. The iPad is so retro in so many respects it makes you wonder if Apple is not some kind of government plot to reclaim technology and the Internet from the public.

I give it two stars for effort and 5 stars for profitable scam device of 2010. Can't any company in the whole PC world free us from this dictatorship of so called convenience? Same goes for the new iPod by the way... two cameras and it can't even run Skype video chat, I mean hello?


Gordo   November 3rd, 2010 11:39 am ET

I bought one to keep in touch with email and the web on business trips. I like it because it is much smaller and lighter than a laptop and doesn't need 120 VAC every two hours. It is harder to type on the screen than a laptop, and will not write my novel on one, but with instant-on and 3G wireless access I can do things while waiting for a train, at lunch, or as a passenger in a car that I would not have bothered with if I need to take out a laptop. I installed the word processor and spreadsheet .. they work fine but I only rarely use them. Looking for Apps in the app store is time consuming, and when you think "Oh, there should be an App for that," there isn't.


John F.   November 6th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

As with all Apples of the past, its overpriced and has insufficient memory. I like the long battery life and its good for showing sample pictures, but the available software is primitive and I find its operating system very backward and outdated. The need to use Itunes and constant "synching" is also very, very outdated. Most computers that you will connect to the Ipad have insufficient power through the USB port for charging rapidly. I waited to buy one until multitasking became avaiable. The basic mentality of Steve Jobs is behind the machine where he is smart and you're not. Urgently needs a separate USB port.


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