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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 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.

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