I can certainly see Apple's point in that statement. Since the iPad was unveiled, the issue it has faced is what's its purpose, its unique selling point? It's too big to replace the iPod as a music device, there's no voice support so it's not going to replace the iPhone, the shiny screen means it won't replace dedicated e-book readers, there's no keyboard so it won't replace laptops or netbooks, and the list goes on.
So I certainly share Apple's surprise in the demand it has seen so far. More than 500,000 Wi-Fi-based iPads were delivered during the first week, Apple noted, while the company has also taken a "large number of pre-orders" for the 3G model, all due for delivery by the end of April.
I'll admit to being one of the many consumers sucked in by the look of Apple products. The high price tag that comes with them has generally proved the obstacle to purchase for me, but I can see why others would shell out above-average costs to own a Macbook or an iPhone. I've got several iPods and the latest iPod touch, and they beat any other portable music player hands down.
But I'm at a loss with the iPad and what those half a million people are doing with the device now it's turned up. One of my colleagues brought his into the office last week, and my first impression was: oversized iPhone (without the useful phone bit). I was also surprised at how heavy it was; you certainly couldn't hold it while typing.
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