iPads Selling Faster than Sanitary Pads? 3m Sold

By golly, who would have thought that!

It does seem like iPads are flying off the shelves faster than sanitary pads. 😉

Hell, three million units sold in 80 days for a device that starts at a whopping $500 is not bad.

Not bad at all.

And we thought the iPad wouldn’t fly.

Well, truth be said we’re still skeptical of the iPad’s long-term prospects.

Time will tell.

What’s Driving Sales
We’re inclined to believe a lot of Apple fan-boys are buying the iPad for use as a net-book kind of device.

You see, the Windows users have had the netbook for well over a year now but until the iPad came along the Mac aficionados had nothing comparable.

iPad Tablet

Apple said developers had created over 11,000 new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics.

Yes, iPad should run most of the 225,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for the iPhone or iPod touch.

As many some of you know by now, iPad users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games and read ebooks via the device.

A mere 0.5 inches thin and weighing just 1.5 pounds, the iPad is supposed to deliver up to 10 hours of battery life.

Pssst, we’re getting tempted by the 32GB iPad WiFi version that goes for $600.

Our interest in the iPad is primarily as an e-book reader. Sure, Amazon’s Kindle is $189 (after the price drop yesterday) but the iPad is a sleeker device.

Will we succumb to our iPad lust?

Well, you remember what Isabel says in Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, don’t you:

Often the best way to overcome desire is to satisfy it.

Watch this space.

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7 Responses to "iPads Selling Faster than Sanitary Pads? 3m Sold"

  1. kreacher   June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Our interest in the iPad is primarily as an e-book reader. Sure, Amazon’s Kindle is $189 (after the price drop yesterday) but the iPad is a sleeker device.

    If an e-book reader is all you are interested in, the Kindle is a better device. Simply from a connectivity point of view you have no fees anytime or anywhere. Plus you can install the Kindle software for PC, Mac and iPhone/iPod Touch. The software syncs with the Kindle hardware, so the books you read are on all the devices, which means you could pretend to be at work while actually reading a book on your Kindle software.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yeah, inclined toward the Kindle. $189 seems like a decent price.

    $600 for the iPad (32GB, WiFi version) is a ripoff.

    BTW, have you used a Kindle? And if yes, what is your experience?

    • kreacher   June 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      Yes, as a matter of fact I have a Kindle, which I purchased as an indulgence with some of my earnings from Suffusion!

      I really like the device except for a couple of niggles. Firstly it has no color option (maybe the DX version has color, but I am not sure). Secondly one of its exceptional strengths, e-ink tends to become a bit of a pain in the dark. The e-ink technology is fantastic during the daytime when there is strong ambient light and is really soothing to the eyes at all times since there is no backlighting. However the darkness makes you wish that the screen was backlit since you cannot read it without an external light. This can become an irritant if you are in the middle of a particularly engrossing novel and you happen to be reading it in the backseat of a cab. While an iPad will be tougher to read outdoors during the day, its backlighting will ensure that there are no such problems in the dark.

      Otherwise I have no complaints – the device is well worth the price and considering that it will take me just around 20-25 books to break even I consider it a very good investment. It is a great e-book reader, which is a fact conceded by Steve Jobs at the time of the iPad launch too.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:


      Doubt the DX version has color. In any case, color is not a big deal because most print text we read is B&W

  2. chennaiarun2007   June 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Hi SI,

    The phone is looking pretty good.Black colored phones are definitely attractive(as far my taste goes).The ipad is doing poor business here in India.The reviews from the users have not been too good either.

    off topic:
    Just thought of asking a simple question:

    Do you use IM(Instant Messaging) service for writing the content of these blogs?Or any other advanced feature?The hyperlinks that you use occasionally in these blogs, are they based on GPRS(Packet data system) or composed due to your knowledge of HTML??

    Have some requests(not recommendations):

    Please watch Sleepless in Seattle(starring my favorite actor Tom Hanks).Iam pretty happy that I could watch this “superb classic” film of Tom Hanks.I watched another good romantic movie of the same kind as the above-said film(but unfortunately I could not quite remember its name).

    Also,if possible,please review this film(actually for the first time,Iam asking you to do a review.If you remember,often I would give recommendations only).This film deserves a review in your trademark style!!

    No post yet on 7G Rainbow Colony!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. We usually blog from a desktop/netbook/laptop.

    We don’t use IM.

    Occasionally (like right now we are in the theater waiting for the new Tom Cruise film Knight & Day to start) we blog on the iPhone using the special WordPress app).

    But we can’t use bold or hyperlinks easily while blogging via iPhone.

    Usually, we use the hyperlink feature in WordPress.

    2. Didn’t realize iPad has already launched in India.

    3. Will watch Sleepless in Seattle. But it might take a while since we have a huge backlog.

    4. 7G, hopefully soon.

    • முனிAndy   June 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      arun, who was in the “another good romantic movie that you can’t remember”.. you wouldn’t happen to be referring to “When Harry met Sally”, would you?

      • முனிAndy   June 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

        watch the movie, stop watching comments!

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        The movie started at 1:24PM and by that time (except one, you know which one) we’d processed all comments.

        Verdict: 🙁

    • kreacher   June 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      On Windows you could try using Windows Live Writer.

      It is free, I must say that not only is it much easier to use than WP’s native UI for blogging, but it is also hands down the best free blogging tool in the market.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      We’ll try it tonight. Thanks.

      90-95% of our blogging is on Windows. The rest on the iPhone.

  3. shadowfax_arbit   June 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Ha the title is good. Added to my Google Buzz.

    Btw saw 2 movies in 2 days. One was Karate Kid. Found it sort of boring. Age-old predictable story. The kid was good but looked too young for all those stunts. But looks like they have done decent research on Kung-fu. Saw that snake charming in a documentary in discovery channel some time back.

    The other one was Shutter Island. Standard psycho movie. 10 minutes into the movie and I could predict the whole movie. Was not impressed.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Inside theater…….Tom Cruise’s new film Knight and Day is about to start.

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