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Best Buy, Other Retailers Will Sell iPad

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 19 comments

iPad consumers won't be locked into purchasing the device through Apple.

Apple announced on Tuesday that the upcoming iPad device will follow a similar marketing model used with the iPhone. For anxious consumers, this means they won't need to hunt down an Apple store or purchase the device strictly online, but can snap up the device at local retail outlets that also offer Apple's mobile phone.

According to AppleInsider, the announcement came from Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, while speaking at the Goldman Sachs annual tech conference in San Francisco Tuesday. "Initially it will be around places with really great assisted sales," Cook said regarding local and overseas sales locations. "Over time it will expand."

Best Buy was one of the partners mentioned.

Naturally, Cook made an effort to sell the device, claiming that he's "owned" an iPad for six months. With that said, Cook believes many consumers will have a hard time purchasing a netbook after taking a run with Apple's new touch-screen tablet. "The experience is just absolutely incredible," he said. "And so we're obviously very excited about this thing and can't wait to start shipping it."

Can the iPad even compete with a netbook? It will be interesting to see a comparison when the iPad-- both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions-- hits the market within the next few months.

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    cabose369 , February 24, 2010 6:51 PM
    A netbook, although slow, is far more versatile then the Ipad. On a netbook you can:

    - Multitask
    - Use Office
    - Watch anything in Flash Format
    - Not be forced to use Itunes
    - Spend about $200-300 less than the most basic Ipad

    And the list goes on and on....

    Now don't get me wrong, I hate netbooks, but I would certainly take a Netbook over an Ipad.
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    redplanet_returns , February 24, 2010 7:00 PM
    i know the joke is getting old...but it's hard to keep a straight face when a GUY is saying "The experience is just absolutely incredible" about iPad
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  • 14 Hide
    cabose369 , February 24, 2010 6:51 PM
    A netbook, although slow, is far more versatile then the Ipad. On a netbook you can:

    - Multitask
    - Use Office
    - Watch anything in Flash Format
    - Not be forced to use Itunes
    - Spend about $200-300 less than the most basic Ipad

    And the list goes on and on....

    Now don't get me wrong, I hate netbooks, but I would certainly take a Netbook over an Ipad.
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 6:53 PM
    Does it matter? They will still price fix it like all of their other products.
  • 11 Hide
    redplanet_returns , February 24, 2010 7:00 PM
    i know the joke is getting old...but it's hard to keep a straight face when a GUY is saying "The experience is just absolutely incredible" about iPad
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    maiko , February 24, 2010 7:15 PM
    I think the Apple Ipad has been designed for people who need more than what a smart phone can offer without the bulk or weight of a laptop. It can be customized to improve productivity and entertainment. Its worth a trial.

    Maiko J
    www.onewayshopping.com
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 7:25 PM
    I think people have blinkered vision when it comes to what the ipad cannot do. The ipad does so many things, really well, with a really nice interactive interface, that it's going to be far nicer to use than a netbook.
    However, I love my iTouch, I just wished it had a bigger screen so that browsing and everything else were easier.....voila!
    The ipad, whether it does everything people want or not, does plenty of things really well and I for one will get one and enjoy it.
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 7:36 PM
    You can buy a full featured AMD Athlon II dual-core notebook for $400 to $500 (or a single core for $300 to $350), with a screen ranging from 12' to 16'. I don't see why anybody would buy a netbook or an iPad.

    Netbooks are for people who want to trade the comfort and power of using a real laptop for not having to carry something quite so large and heavy(ie: 4lbs is waaayyy to heavy... However, Pentium III era performance is good enough for the job).
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    maigo , February 24, 2010 7:39 PM
    They're going to sell products in a store? omgwtfbbq
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    CoderDunn , February 24, 2010 7:53 PM
    maigoThey're going to sell products in a store? omgwtfbbq


    For a long time, apple products were not sold in stores because their pricing model was not friendly for retailers
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    efeat , February 24, 2010 8:04 PM
    I like how Cook talks it up like this is the only tablet computer to have ever existed. I am not so sure how well a tablet PC is going to work for a consumer, though.

    Where I work, we use tablet PCs in a warehouse environment for the forklift drivers. All they have to do is scan bar codes and push some buttons on our ERP software, and the tablet is great for this kind of work. However, as soon as they come into the office for maintenace/repair/whatever, we just VNC to it using our desktop PCs because a tablet is so clunky to use for anything beyond pushing big buttons on the screen.
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    SneakySnake , February 24, 2010 8:16 PM
    best buy sells macs right now, so how is this going to be any different. Surely the non-3G models could be sold pretty much anywhere
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    gekko668 , February 24, 2010 8:43 PM
    One word: Flash.

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    JohnnyLucky , February 24, 2010 9:42 PM
    I have a hard time thinking a touch screen is convenient. I don't think it will do for a touch typist. The screen is small too. It has been tried before and did not do well.
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    guitarpeggio , February 24, 2010 9:57 PM
    coderdunnFor a long time, apple products were not sold in stores because their pricing model was not friendly for retailers


    I'd say those days have been gone for a long while now. Where can you NOT buy an effing iPod?
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    El_Hefe , February 25, 2010 1:41 AM
    mdbrit.... is this "iTouch" a new device from apple?
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    hakesterman , February 25, 2010 3:30 AM
    One word: Flash.

    The FCC has deemed Flash a hazard to your health, being that Apple is a health conscious Co. they
    have decided to leave Flash behind in an attempt to prevent Tumors................



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    fishyfish , February 25, 2010 10:39 AM
    hakestermanOne word: Flash.The FCC has deemed Flash a hazard to your health, being that Apple is a health conscious Co. theyhave decided to leave Flash behind in an attempt to prevent Tumors................


    Jobs won't take any more risks of cancer then?
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    christopherknapp , February 25, 2010 11:30 AM
    I will wait for Flash support. I have a netbook and a nook already ... I have no incentive to move to an iPad, unless it was for the sole reason of continuing my cult-like addiction to their products.
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    rsud , February 25, 2010 3:48 PM
    AnonymousI think people have blinkered vision when it comes to what the ipad cannot do. The ipad does so many things, really well, with a really nice interactive interface, that it's going to be far nicer to use than a netbook. However, I love my iTouch, I just wished it had a bigger screen so that browsing and everything else were easier.....voila!The ipad, whether it does everything people want or not, does plenty of things really well and I for one will get one and enjoy it.


    I with you. I want a bigger iTouch that can print to my network printer (print a recipe, directions, etc). Instant ON is compelling. Apple is after a new market for people who don't have the lifestyle of sitting in front of a laptop/netbook. I use a windows laptop and I want one.

    Amazing how anything positive on apple gets negative votes. Insecure and envious bunch, methinks, with their second rate Windoze. Negative away ya'll, I am going for the high count on negs as a badge of honor.

    Windows sucks.

    Apple is the best and shown us all the light.

    If Steve were a woman I'd let him have my kids.

    If I were a woman I would have his kids.

    I am going to run my windows laptop over with my car as soon as iPad comes out !!!
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    El_Hefe , February 25, 2010 4:13 PM
    What is this "iTouch"??? I've heard of an iPod Touch, but nothing called an iTouch??!!!1
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