Apple iPad a Breeze to Grab at Best Buy in Connecticut Town
The Best Buy in Trumbull, Conn., began selling the Apple iPad at 10 a.m. April 3, where the retailer offered the easiest route to acquire the tablet. Only five people waited an hour before the store opened, a stark contrast to the hundreds of people camped out in front of Apple Stores and Best Buy locations in New York City and California. Consumers were easily able to play with and purchase the devices, which are available in WiFi only with capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB for $499, $599 and $699, respectively. eWEEK spoke to some of the consumers who waited for the iPad here.TRUMBULL, Conn.-While people in New York City and California camped out in front of Apple stores for a chance to buy the Apple iPad, the best place to pick up one of the hallowed devices may have been at the Best Buy in Trumbull, a small town in Connecticut's Fairfield County. By 9 a.m. on April 3, Best Buy employees had handed out only a handful of tickets to people interested in purchasing one of the tablet computers, which are available in WiFi only with capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB for $499, $599 and $699, respectively. Versions of the iPad with 3G cellular service from AT&T go on sale later this month for $629 (16GB), $729 (32GB) and $829 (64GB).
Analyst estimates for units sold vary, but researcher iSuppli expects Apple to see sales of 7.1 million iPads in 2010. The Federal Communications Commission published a complete teardown of the device, which iFixit details here.