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April 5th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

So, do people actually like the iPad?

A customer high-fives Apple staffers after buying a coveted iPad.

John D. Sutter
CNN SciTechBlog

After months of hype, dozens of reviews, plenty of television promos and an Easter weekend appearance at an Apple store by the high priest of gadgetry himself, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the company's long-awaited iPad is finally in the hands of consumers.

So how did they like it? Is the iPad a runaway early success? Here are a few ways to measure:

Sales: On Saturday, the day the product was released, Apple says it sold 300,000 iPads. Analysts estimate the company sold between 300,000 to 700,000 of the touch-screen "slate" computers over the weekend.

Anticipation: 300,000 iPads is about what analysts expected Apple to sell on opening day.

Comparison: The iPhone – which some think is basically a smaller version of the iPad – launched in 2007 as Apple's greatest hit in recent memory. Analysts estimated 200,000 iPhones were sold on the day it debuted, which is a third less than the iPad. The iPhone sold its millionth unit 74 days after it hit the market.

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  1. eman

    Searching for best utility apps on the iPads. College Guide for iPad is a family friendly app if you have college age kids planning for college or grad school. Check it out...was a pleasant surprise the amount of information it has. Information ranges from campus security to enrollment and admissions. Great app!!!

    April 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  2. J.P.

    I happen to love mine. Is it a laptop replacement? No way. Is it an iPhone replacement? Nope. But for lots of stuff I need to do when I travel, it will save me bringing a full fledged laptop with.

    April 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm |