Apple iPad - Will it Replace the Laptop?
With Apple announcing 300,000 iPads sold on its debut day April 3, and another analyst estimating 600,000 Apple iPads sold in the first week, both consumers and experts are wondering if the Apple iPad will revitalize the market for smaller, tablet-type computers. First day sales of the Apple iPad outstripped the 270,000 iPhones sold in the first two days when Apple introduced the wildly popular cell phone in 2007.
The touch screen Apple iPad is larger than a cell phone and smaller than a laptop computer, and buyers are reviewing the device to see where it will fit as far as productivity. It connects to the Internet with Wi-Fi, and some users have reported problems with web connectivity, which Apple has acknowledged. The iPad can be used for email, surfing the Internet, ebook reading, games, and content creation, although external accessories such as the keyboard dock, wireless keyboard, power adapter and other items may be necessary to make it function better for heavy-duty business usage.
To understand how the device is being used, analysts are looking at the most popular applications being downloaded. Because Apple is the leader in the number of free and paid applications for its devices, some analysts feel that will give the iPad leadership in the tablet device arena. However, HP is producing the Slate, a tablet computer which should give Apple some competition later this year.