Shocker: iPads sold well on Black Friday, Microsoft Surface not that much
0. phoneArena 26 Nov 2012, 07:32 posted on
Although no U.S. retail store was spared by the hordes of customers during the annual Black Friday shopping event, some outlets were clearly more crowded than others. And as you might expect, Apple stores were among those that interested buyers the most. But how do they compare with rival Microsoft's retail outlets? That's what the analysts at Piper Jaffray wanted to find out, so they observed an Apple Store and a Microsoft Store at Mall of America in Minneapolis for 8 hours during Black Friday, as they have been doing for 5 consecutive years now...
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1. MeoCao (unregistered)
IDK if I'm alone, but I have the feeling that Piper Jaffray will say anything to make Apple look good. I guess they have advised lots of people to buy Apple's stock so they must keep the value for their clients or something?
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Analyst 'findings' are generally self-serving. I would like to see quarterly sales results. Apple probably won the tablet sales crown, but I would like to learn how far back was MS trailing.
24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
To a certain extent, yes they are self serving. But ultimately, they want to do what will make them money. If at some point Apple tanks, I don't think Piper Jaffray will still sing Apple praises. No analyst is going to do something that will lose them money just because they like a company...and him liking the company is an assumption.
But if Apple's stock is back on the rise, it would be smart to buy it now seeing how high it has gone in the past.
27. yuvananda (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Friend of mine brought a surface exactly here. They even offered for a crash course on Windows 8RT, which itself speaks of the complex / uneven user interface. The very next day, he was again at the microsoft store returning it. Himself being a android user right from Nexus One days felt the lack of apps was his major concern.
36. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
3.5 items every hour? What, did some people buy Half an Xbox game or what?!?!?!?!
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Wow dude what's ur issue with apple? No matter what the article says u refute it. Tell me dude did the apple of ur eye dump u, did u bring ur teacher an apple and still get an F, did u bite an apple and find a worm, did u get sick despite an apple a day keeping the dr away?
11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
"Did u bite an apple and find a worm?" Exactly...
And you're holding 'that' "Apple"!
15. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Actually, dark, analysts views are typically biased - which is why you should never trust them - usually they have an agenda - a means to an end.
17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Dood, never-mind explaining him the facts, he'd rather trust them, especially with Apple on the winning side!
21. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
One more thing bro. I can care less about apples stock or samsungs market share lol. I have better things to do than worry about the finances of a company that I don't work for. Just give me the device I want. That's it and that's all. I like tech period.
18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10568; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Ur rite they r. I was just teasing meocao lol
12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
If this is true...i won't mind because Microsoft's Surface just got introduced. It needs time building up into people's liking...
2. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
Wait.. so they monitored one store and declared this the final results, found scientifically? What a load of crock.
28. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
What's sadder is PA thinks it is somehow newsworthy. Anything for pageviews I guess.
31. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 288; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
In order to to the study correctly they'd need to find a location that has a Microsoft store and an Apple store and observe them both at the same time, ideally during a period of high traffic where shoppers were there with the mind to buy. That's what they did in Minneapolis. I agree that a broader sampling would add some weight behind their findings, but how many other venues are there that host both types of stores?
40. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)
Plenty! Microsoft makes sure they open stores near Apple stores.
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
American has made their smart choice during black Friday :)
13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Which particular "American" are you talking about??
14. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
American use to be, I'm gonna work hard to get what I've always wanted. Now it's, I'm gonna work hard to get what everyone else have. Kind of sad because if folks took time to learn and understand surface and wp8, they appreciate it and know what wp8 is supposed to be, the future of computing. Imagine no more desktops and laptops. That's it! Oh well, America the groupie.
23. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
The RT version of the Surface is rubbish , and people know that . Bring on the Pro version and the surface will sell better
5. tigermcm (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
ummmm of course surface didnt do so well on black friday. ipads are sold everywhere, surface, well um like in one store in each state??? come on now
26. JC557 (Posts: 993; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Seriously, Surface needs to be available in more places. Hell, even Best Buy didn't have much of a selection if I could find any.
In all honesty the Surface tablet is much more useful for productivity that's just as capable for downtime.
33. tigermcm (Posts: 695; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
wait you found the surface at best buy!!!!!! I only buy my electronics from best buy since they blow my email and mailbox up with coupons so I will not buy the surface till its at best buy
7. androidCrap (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
Tech bloggers are not reliable nowadays and can be paid. That's why I don't believe in everything I read.
8. ajac09 (Posts: 1365; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
iphonearena takes anything good about apple as fact lol I could sell an ipad to someone and they will assume that my store is selling good because I only sold one ipad on craiglist lol
9. agentoj (Posts: 100; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)
The Microsoft store I went to was pretty empty except for where the Xbox games were. Snagged a couple games for $10 each. At least the Microsoft store had decent deals, I did not notice a single decent deal at the apple store.
20. superiorbeefjerky (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)
Yeah! Apple is the greatest! MS and Android, not so much.
22. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I love the Surface Pro . But the Surface RT sucks real time . Too expensive and very little apps and features
29. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
RT has a lot of stuff out-of-the-box that no other mobile tablet can match, not the least of which is its shared kernel with the inarguably most-popular computer OS in the world, not to mention better build quality, keyboard options, and built-in kickstand. You have to buy extra third-party devices and programs to even start to match the Surface, even the RT version.
32. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
It will be good in the business world and with some select consumers. Android and apple are simpler for the average consumer to walk up and use instantly and are sold in more places. Not taking nothing from MS in the function and various uses but it is not for the average every day user to just pick up and run.
34. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
i dont really get why buy an overprice computer? macs' price is rediculous!!! its almost 100,000 in my place! but a normal PC can offer the same thing!!!
37. MC1123 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
actually, they can still be beaten..in mot a fanboy or whatever.... since most peopl will love the construction of apple's iDevice coz of premium materials...
they can be beaten coz if they keep the old look and no major overhaul, people might get bored on apple's UI and its looks....
i think the one that could really match the premium look of iPad is the microsoft surface! so im hoping surface 2 will have HD screen!