iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

Summary: It looks like tablets aren't just a phase as the iPad has surpassed even the DVD player for the title of "the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product" ever. To all the iPad naysayers: who's laughing now?

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It looks like tablets aren't just a phase as the iPad has surpassed even the DVD player for the title of "the most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product" ever. To all the iPad naysayers: who's laughing now? (Not that I have an iPad myself.)

According to Bernstein Research via CNBC, three million iPad units were sold in its first 80 days after launching in April, and the current sales rate is approximately 4.5 million units per quarter.

The research firm even predicts that the iPad will roll over gaming hardware and cell phones to be the 4th largest consumer electronics category next year. Maybe that could grow exponentially if you expand the category to all tablet computers considering how many competitors are sprouting up by the day, some of which include the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HP Slate and the Dell Streak.

In case you're wondering about the poor DVD player, that one sold 350,000 units in the first year. You can argue about which product was more revolutionary, but I'd pick the DVD player in that match. The iPad is an amazing product, but it hasn't kicked any other product to the curb so much as the DVD did to VHS.

To anyone who doesn't have an iPad yet, does this affect your decision to buy one? After all, they are available at Target now - albeit for the same prices as before. Or, like me, are you holding out to see what the next-gen model provides?

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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  • I can't figure out what to use this for

    I took one from work for test run for week. I found it useless.
    voska1
    • So it's not for you.. OK.

      @voska1
      Luckily for Apple and the iPad there seem to be more than enough who do not share your view/needs/wants:)

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • I did the same thing...useless!

      @voska1

      I know what you mean. I borrowed one from a co-worker and took it home for a few days. It was nice, but the "e-board" sucks, and it was incredibly tiring to sit and hold it up for an hour.

      After a couple of day, I suddenly realized that the iPad isn't for people who do "real work".
      trickytom3
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @trickytom3 <br><br>The iPad is primarly a "consumption" device. Two articles I read of women, one 99, the other 90 who had never used a computer in their lives but took to the iPad have given me hope I might get my mom on the Net with an iPad. She's far younger but very much "in the dark" when it comes to the Internet. Her attempts to use a computer so far haven't yielded any fruit. She simply hasn't taken to a computer for a variety of reasons. Among them having to sit at a desk and staring at small text. The ability to scale text easily/intuitively on the iPad is a BIG DEAL for older people - a mere gesture with their index finger and thumb. Given the high level of resistance you run into when you're dealing "Luddites" a gesture of the index finger/thumb beats telling them "Hold the CTRL key... yeah mom, the key on the lower left corner of the keyboard... then hold the SHIFT key then hit the +/= key... that will make text bigger."

        Things that seem trite or negligible to people in these forums are anything but for people who have never used computers in their lives.
        betelgeuse68
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @trickytom3

        This coming from the tech titan who thinks that mac hardware can't be upgraded with non-Apple kit.
        DeusXMachina
    • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

      @voska1

      Nerd alert! They're usually the ones that diss the iPad.
      betelgeuse68
    • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

      @voska1 As a Microsoft biased user. The true value of the IPAD is the applications. From interactive Chemistry courses to various games. The device is fun! I still run my MS Suite on the Notebook :-)
      richard.crawford@...
  • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

    I'll stick with the DVD player because 1. It's not an iPad 2. I can watch the bonus features 3. Its cheaper.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

      @Loverock Davidson I'll agree with 2 and 3 - I'm not going to dismiss the device out of hand simply because it is an iPad or made by Apple...
      athynz
    • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

      @Loverock Davidson 4.5 MILLION UNITS PER QUARTER...

      Can you choke on that statistic Loverock???

      Where's the Windows tablet??? I don't see one!!! All I see is FAILURE!!

      Next up...Windows Phone 7...another FLOP in the making!
      cyberslammer
  • Silly

    The earliest DVD players had astronomical price tags (even if you don't account for inflation) that only the richest videophiles could afford. If the first iPad had the price tags of those gadgets, this article ...and those iPad sales figures...wouldn't exist.
    eMJayy
    • Too true. Comparisons like that are meaningless as

      DVD had a much faster adapotion rate then VCR's as the first VCR's were even more astronomical in pricing vs the first DVD player at a considerablly much more affordable price to the large buying public.

      Anybody who gauges something off of a comparison like this should slow down a bit.
      John Zern
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        At the 1977 introduction a VHS VCR cost $1,280. ($4,600 in 2010). The average retail price for DVD video players at introduction in 1997 was $735 (about $1000 in 2010).

        Apple's first portable computer cost $6,500 in 1989 -- which would be almost $11,400 today -- while the $699 Newton from 1993 would cost nearly $1,050 in today's dollars. Most intriguing of all is that the first iPod, released for $399 in 2001, cost $488 in today's dollars. That's just $11 under the cost of the iPad, a device that has far more storage, processing power, and access to more features than the first iPod could even dream of only nine and a half years ago.
        gmeader
    • Not silly at all

      @eMJayy
      It is important to the apple zealots that they have a variety of metrics that they can use to reassure themselves that they've hitched their emotional well being to the right multi national, multi billion $$$ per year mega corporation cart.
      NonZealot
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @NonZealot It's important to note that you can't handle facts..4.5 MILLION PER QUARTER!!

        Can you handle that? Is it too much for you to comprehend and grasp? 4.5 MILLION!!!

        Makes you wonder...how many 360s were sold in its first quarter...but compare that to how many had RROD and were returned....

        How many Windows tablet PCs have been sold per quarter?

        Can you give me those stats Mr. Zealot???

        As usual you'll respond with some hateful bs and then declare everyone else's reply a double standard.
        cyberslammer
      • Wow, NonZealot. Looks like you hit a nerve in cyberslummer

        seems his defense is that he had to bring MS into the story, and it had nothing to do with MS at all.

        I'll bet he's frieghtened of his own shadow! ;)
        John Zern
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @John Zern that's because NonZealot can't do anything but spew hate...and numbers don't lie...the adoption rate for iPad has been AMAZING..and when iPad 2.0 comes out it's going to fly off the shelves even faster...and he'll be here spewing more hate and "double standards".
        cyberslammer
      • @John: No, I don't think he is terrified enough

        If he was [b]truly[/b] terrified, he would have brought up the Kin. Bringing up the XBox's RROD tells me that my post only annoyed him slightly.
        NonZealot
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @John Zern<br><br>No, his defense is 4.5 MILLION units per QUARTER!<br>Bet you're choking on it, too.<br><br>As to your other assertion, difference in price makes no difference to the validity of the comparison. More to the point, the first DVD players averaged around $700, with some models costing less. This is NOT significantly greater than the $500-$900 price range of the iPad. So what is your point, exactly, or are you just doing your usual, making stuff up, and lying, and just expecting it to fly under the RADAR?

        @NZ
        No, what would have meant something was bringing up the Xbox's ROI!
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: iPad surpasses DVD player for fastest adoption rate ever of non-phone gadgets

        @DeusX Also find out what the ROI is on the Kinect, that thing is already proving to be useless, inaccurate, and a monster waste of time...the only threat to the Wii is the PS3 motion controller.

        What NonZealot can't understand is that DVD players back as early as 2000 were going for $600+, my Pioneer player was around $600...so he's saying that 4 million iPads sold per quarter is not good for Apple...oh yeah...let's all just call it a day and say it's a failure, they are estimating over 20 million sold next year..and that's lowball figure.

        So eat it NonZealot, Trickytom, Loverock....iPad EATS the Windows portable's lunch.
        cyberslammer