Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[3]: Interesting experiment
by zima on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting experiment"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's actually the fastest selling consumer product in the history of man kind.

We're not talking about Nokia 1100 here.

I'll just say again here that the iPad is the fastest selling consumer product in human history.

My, you are confused.

So, what is it for iPad in a year+, a mere 30 million? Try 250 million over the course of 3-4 years.

the iPad could become like the iPhone with 20% market share or it could be like the iPod with 65% marker share.

iPhone in a subcategory, iPod in few visible markets... plus, the world simply quickly zoomed past the time of dedicated music players. It's clear ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ipod_sales_per_quarter.svg ) the iPod really took off (and still only in few atypical places) at roughly the same time it happened also to mobile phones with music player capability (mobile phones which weren't castrated by carriers in most places)

Yes, their music capability isn't used so universally as in the case of iPods. For my region, it's something like 20-30% of all European mobile phone users also regularly listening music on them. But that already adds up just in that one region to an absolute value in the range of total number of iPods ever produced.

Anyhow, in a reasonably prosperous ex-Comecon late EU memberstate, I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've seen an iPod (well, excluding mine...). S1 mp3 players, and similar (Creative, et al), seemed to be typical for quite some time; largely replaced by mobile phones few years ago already (typically by so called "feature phones" ...though, later, often in a form of touchsreens, like LG Cookie).
And most places are less prosperous than mine, with even greater mark-up on Apple products.

I don't know about the past but Apple today is worth more then Dell, HP, and Lenovo combined so I don't think they need to learn much from the past.

This one always fascinates me. People are often very quick, particularly at tech forums, to voice their disdain towards bankers, brokers, etc. ...except when worshipping valuations of some darling of theirs made by... the very same despised people.

Edited 2011-08-22 23:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Interesting experiment
by JAlexoid on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 00:54 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting experiment"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

iPad1 is not iPad2. Otherwise we should count in the replacement of Nokia 1100 on the market and that will blow iPad range away any day now.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

I don't know about the past but Apple today is worth more then Dell, HP, and Lenovo combined so I don't think they need to learn much from the past.
This one always fascinates me. People are often very quick, particularly at tech forums, to voice their disdain towards bankers, brokers, etc. ...except when worshipping valuations of some darling of theirs made by... the very same despised people.


Personally I don't despise bankers, I just think they need better regulation.
If there was no food hygiene regulations then lots of people would die from food poising after eating in restaurants - it wouldn't make restaurants a bad thing just unregulated restaurants.

On your substantive point. Economic performance does matter, not only is is it an indicator of the relative success of the competing technologies and products in the market place but also because all the technologies would be meaningless if they are not made into products by enterprises and the long term economic health of those enterprises drastically effects which products have a secure future and which don't.

Total valuation is not on it's own a telling indicator but it is indicator along with profitability, revenues, balance sheet etc.

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