Admit it: your jaw dropped when you passed by those giant posters promoting the $49 iPhone 3GS, even if you already have an iPhone 4 in your pocket. Apparently, customers dropped more than just their jaws at the 3GS this past April, causing the last-gen iPhone to outsell some newer Android phones like the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix, as first reported by AppleInsider.
It cited a report that Canaccord Genuity's technology analyst Michael Walkley wrote to investors regarding the April phone retail numbers:
Interestingly, our April checks indicated continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, as these older generation products with reduced prices often outsold new Android products.
Aside from the great price, it probably doesn't hurt that the 3GS is well established as the best generation to get, if you must have an iPhone. Despite all the problems the iPhone 4 has had (faulty radio/antenna and on-going geo-tracking brouhaha), the iPhone 4 is still "by far" the top selling device at both AT&T and Verizon, according to Walkley.
In the same note, he also "found that the 16GB and 32GB versions of the first-generation iPad sold out in less than two weeks after the iPad 2 debuted [in Verizon stores]." Clearly, consumers jumped on the better package for the iPad with MiFi hotspot at just $530 (compared to $630 for just the 16GB with much improved hardware).
After all, just because a particular model is not the i-product du jour doesn't mean people don't want it. At the right price, people will wait before spending. (Apparently, AT&T is selling a refurbished 8GB 3GS for $0.01 for new customers on 2-year contracts. Go figure.)
Did you take advantage of the price drop and was it worth the wait for you?