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iPad Declared Fastest Selling Gizmo of All Time

Oh you just know this one’s going to turn up in Steve Jobs‘ next Keynote. According to a financial analyst working for Bernstein Research, the iPad, having sold over 8.5 million units and counting, is the fastest selling device of all time. Now, get ready for the shocker: The numbers in the Bernstein study were crunched before the iPad was made available to shoppers at Walmart or Target. Just imagine the sheer number of units Apple will be putting in the hands of consumers over the upcoming holiday season thanks to the deeper market penetration made possible by selling their tablets at big box stores within driving distance of even the most remote North American communities.


More interesting than this, a recent study by NDP indicated that 13% of all iPad users polled said that they would not have purchased a personal computer if they had been given the option to buy an iPad first. With sales numbers as high as we’re seeing here, coupled with the devotion that users have to the Cupertino-designed tablet and the sheer number of applications available for consumer use, it is very hard to envision how any similar device released in the months to come will be able to put much of a dent in the iPad’s soaring popularity.


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Video: Draw! Fastest Typing on the iPhone After All?

iPhone fast typing
(Image and video courtesy of MacRumors)

One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard — but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.

MacRumors is reporting
that a British woman made headlines this week for speed-typing into a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone using the Android-based Swype keyboard alternative. The woman “walked in off the street” at a Samsung roadshow and was given a chance to beat the world record by typing “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” — in 25.94 seconds flat.

That wasn’t music to the ears of iPhone user “gumballtech,” who took to his favorite handset and documented his results on YouTube (video embedded below).

The result? The iPhone user handily beat the British woman’s record by typing the same text in just under 22 seconds — more than three seconds less than the Android-based typist.

MacRumors isn’t clear
on qualifies as a “world record,” especially given that the iPhone user Gumballtech did rely at least a bit on the iPhone’s built-in text correction — but the website is quick to note that the Swype keyboard alternative in Android is also “entirely based on predictive text generation.”

Maybe we should call it a draw?

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