Apple iPad, Kindle Sales Warn of Coming Tablet Tsunami
News Analysis: The iPad, Kindle and other tablets deliver such new levels of portability and ready access to information that IT managers better get ready to support them.Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle are effectively two sides of the same coin. They are highly portable in their own right, and they are well-connected, meaning the information they need to make them useful is highly portable as well. Of course, tablets and e-readers are different devices-they are aimed at different markets, have differing capabilities and perform different, but related, functions. It should be no surprise that the sales of both are similar. Apple has sold about 3.5 million iPads. Amazon has sold about 3 million Kindles if analyst reports are correct. And, of course, there are other e-readers also selling well. The iPad costs quite a bit more than the Kindle, but it does more, so again, no surprise. But in reality the story of tablet computing goes beyond the iPad or the e-readers.
What we're seeing right now is the first ripple in what will eventually transform much about how information is consumed. The explosion of tablet sales is probably a few months away, but when it happens, a great deal will change, and you can see the beginnings in how these devices are being used now. We're already seeing the iPad make inroads into the enterprise, for example, and the Kindle is changing how the written word is consumed-content for this device is already outselling traditional print at Amazon.