Apple this morning boasted that it sold some 300,000 iPads in the U.S. as of midnight Saturday, April 3.
The figure for the newly launched tablet devices include deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores.
Wonder how many of the units shipped to channel partners like Best Buy et al still lie on the shelves? In our lexicon, a sale happens only when a widget is sold to the end-user.
Also given all the hype associated with the iPad and the wild success of its older siblings like the iPhone and iPod, we think the 300,000 figure is underwhelming, to say the least.
Sure, there was the usual razzmatazz associated with an Apple launch but here’s what the Wall Street Journal found:
But the long lines soon faded, and few stores sold out of the device.
Apple also crooned that iPad users downloaded a one million apps from the company’s App Store and 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day.
Moses on the Tablet
Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the force behind the iPad and other gadgetry from this company had to say on the early response to the iPad:
It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world — it’s going to be a game changer. iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.
Steve, make the most of your initial euphoria because it ain’t gonna last long.
Heck, Not a Game-Changer
The more we think of the iPad, the less we think it’s gonna be a game-changer.
While Apple’s iPhone and iPods were mostly compared to products in their categories, the iPad will be pitted against laptops and netbooks.
Both laptops and netbooks cost a lot less and do a lot more.
In our not-so-humble-opinion, the only iPad models worth a consideration are those with 3G (yes, we’ve changed our mind on our original position because free WiFi is increasingly hard to find when you travel and increasingly insecure as well).
And of the three iPad models with 3G, the 64GB version should evoke the most interest (none of the 3G models have been released yet).
Mon dieu, the 64GB iPad with 3G costs a whopping $829. Plus you must set aside $30 in ransom money every month to AT&T for unlimited Internet access.
Are You Out of Your Mind?
$829 for a device +$30 a month that can’t do multi-tasking, can’t handle flash, doesn’t have a camera, has no widescreen support for watching movies and forces you to buy a host of expensive accessories ($39 for the iPad case, $69 for the iPad Keyboard Dock , $29 for the USB Power Adapter for charging iPad directly through an electrical outlet, ad infinitum).
For that kinda money, we’d expect to be frolicking with Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Vimala Raman, Tabu and Bhavana on the white sandy beaches of Île aux Cerfs (Mauritius). All, at the same time, may we add. 😉
Hell, the iPad’s got disaster written all over it and/or price cuts soon.
Add to the limitations of the iPad, the steep price and the distressed economic landscape in the U.S. and much of the world, you have a recipe for a huge disaster for Apple and its head honcho Steve Jobs.
Will We Bite into this Apple?
The more we think about it the less inclined we’re to buy the iPad.
Maybe, if the price-point drops to $499 for the 64GB version and flash support is added, we might reconsider.
But as of now, we’re showing iPad the middle finger.
Since desis are cheapo SOBs forever driving a hard bargain, we don’t have to advise y’all to stay away from the iPad.