Apple has revealed that they have sold more than 300,000 iPad on the first day on sale in the US, a figure that's both underwhelming and impressive, depending on what it is compared to.
Some analyst, like Apple's oracle, Gene Munster, the popular analyst from Piper Jaffray, forecasted that the number of iPad sold during the first 24 hours would top 700,000.
Apple's press release mentions "deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores", this does therefore exclude sale of the more lucrative 3G models.
iPad purchasers have also downloaded on average around four apps each from the iPod store and, interestingly enough, more than 250,000 electronic books from the dedicated iBookstore over the same period.
The original iPhone smartphone sold around 1.1 million units in the first three months of sale. The iPad is likely to smash those figures given that there will be, by the end of the month six distinctive models rolled out in a number of critical territories.
Most importantly for Apple though, the iPad will almost certainly surpass its competitors by the end of the year with sales figures expected to be more than that of the Amazon Kindle, Sony Librie and Barnes & Noble's Nook ereaders combined.
300,000 is also twice what the Google Nexus One sold over the last few months. The GNO, being of course, pitted as a potential iPhone killer. It is interesting therefore to see that even in absolute terms, the iPad is fully living up to its expectations as a successful Apple product.