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Sells ten times faster than the original iPad

According to Reuters, Apple's iPad 2 sold one million units in its launch weekend, surpassing the milestone almost 10 times as fast as its predecessor. 

The iPad 2 went on sale last Friday at Apple, Verizon, and AT&T stores, as well as Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. Large crowds were reported across the United States, with more than 500 people queued up at Apple's flagship San Francisco store and roughly another 800 at its Manhattan location. The crowds even attracted gawkers.

"Our field checks over the weekend indicate that the iPad 2 sold out at every Apple and non-Apple store we contacted," Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White wrote in a research note. "In fact, all the stores had worked through iPad 2 inventory by Saturday afternoon, and there were no new iPad 2 deliveries on Sunday."

White told Reuters that the iPad 2 could potentially have sold one million units in its first weekend, a feat that took 28 days for the original when it hit the market last year. Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland echoed White's prediction.

With the launch, Apple appears to have secured its number one spot in the tablet market for the time being, cooling the momentum that tablets from other manufacturers such as Motorola and Samsung were beginning to gain.

Apple is expected to retain 61 percent of the lucrative tablet market for 2011, according J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moscowitz. According to Moscowitz, other companies will have trouble attracting customers the way Apple has.

The iPad 2 is set to launch worldwide on March 25.

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RE: Will never catch on
By cochy on 3/14/2011 3:57:36 PM , Rating: 2
Netbooks are dying if not dead already. I don't know how long or if tablets will replaces desktops but they've destroyed netbook's chances at any market.

RE: Will never catch on
By Alexstarfire on 3/14/2011 5:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see why, but you're right. Netbooks seem far more useful to me. Only reason I didn't get one is because of cheap laptops. Got my current 13" Acer for about the same price at a netbook, ~$350 IIRC. If I needed the battery life I'd have gotten one but I didn't so I got this instead.

RE: Will never catch on
By tayb on 3/14/2011 9:09:15 PM , Rating: 1
Netbooks fail at almost everything they attempt to do. Battery life sucks, keyboards are cramped, and they are woefully underpowered. Tablets such as the iPad don't try to do nearly as much but what they try to do they do it well.

I wouldn't purchase either of these devices but if I had to pick one and you were going to give it to me for free it would DEFINITELY be an iPad or equivalent. I would use it. I wouldn't use a netbook. I can't stand netbooks.

RE: Will never catch on
By Alexstarfire on 3/15/2011 3:38:15 AM , Rating: 2
10 hours of battery life is fail? Come on now. You can say it's underpowered, but the battery life is just fine. For just about anything I'd do on a tablet I could do on a netbook just fine. Just preference I suppose. I wouldn't use either of them either, but I'd also make the opposite choice that you did.

RE: Will never catch on
By nikon133 on 3/14/2011 5:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are just evolving into 11 - 13" ULVs or Fusion units. Atom is too much the same as it ever was - hardly a reason for people to upgrade. Likewise, integrated graphics, 10" screens etc. If I had, say, 2 year old netbook, the only reason to get a new one would be if my original one has died. Contrary to the desktop upgrades (or replacements) where every new generation of CPU/GPU/... gives noticeable boost in performance, Atom based netbooks are pretty much on the same level they always were.

But ULVs like M11x, or even Fusion units... tempting, for me at least.

RE: Will never catch on
By Aloonatic on 3/14/2011 6:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I love my 11.6" Celeron sub notebook. The thing is, I've had it a year and there's nothing better out there for the same price. In fact, a similar machine now costs at least the same, if not more than it did a year ago? In deed, there used to be dual core alternatives available back when I bought this notebook, but not any more? Things have actually gone backwards, to a certain extent, here in the UK.

I'm looking forward to the see what AMD's Fusion SoC can bring to the party (coupled with a cheap SSD perhaps) but that's just me, and you (and probably most others here too). The thing is, people here go on about "full fledged" and "real" OSes etc, but the gen pop, out there in the rest of the world are increasingly getting used to being able to get what they want done on a device by simply jabbing at a screen.

Netbook/notebook PCs have stagnated in the last 12-18 months. Huge gains are being made in the tablet world, and they also have hte added onus of being quite fun to use. Not like the boring old PC that is just like the one that you have to use at the office.

RE: Will never catch on
By Solandri on 3/14/2011 7:39:13 PM , Rating: 3
Netbooks didn't really die, manufacturers just shifted them into something they weren't supposed to be. The first netbooks ran a simplified OS which quickly gave you access to a few primary apps (web browser, email, IM, photo and video viewer, etc - sound familiar?).

Then Microsoft and Intel got into the game and steered them towards full-featured mini-laptops which ran Windows. They basically abandoned the market for a low-end device with "a simplified OS which quickly gave you access to a few primary apps" device. For a time the closest thing to filling that hole was the Blackberry, but it was too small and limited. The iPad filled that market hole nicely when it was introduced.

Like I've been saying since before the iPad was introduced, there is a market for this type of simple device. Netbooks originally filled it, but then abandoned it to run Windows. Now tablets are filling it. It doesn't have to be an iPad or an Android 3.0 tablet which fills it. But something has to fill it because there's clearly demand for it, despite all the big manufacturers and technophiles wishing there wasn't.

RE: Will never catch on
By The Raven on 3/18/2011 11:03:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. This iPad vs. netbook debate could be almost be equated to the (non-existant) iOS vs. OSX debate seeing as the iPad runs iOS and netbooks run full OSs like OSX (e.g. Air). OSX pwns iOS. Fact.

<valley girl voice>Umm...yeah like the iPad is better than OSX because it has apps, yeah. Duh!</vgv>

You can't run OSX on the iPad. This is the basis of why I think this iPad craze is a fad to great extent. I'm not saying that people are wasting their money or what not, but that give it a couple years when Windows or Ubuntu (or even OSX) is running on every tablet (which BTW has been going on for many years, albeit with limited demand) and then people will wonder why they thought the oversized iPhone was a revolution in the tech sector.

I'm still wondering why Applephiles aren't touting Jobs' other creation, the Air, as a game changer like they do with everything else. And then there are other devices that get no play whatsoever. Even Apple devices like the Magic Trackpad (which works great with Ubuntu I hear).

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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