The Apple iPad went on sale six months ago. Having been lucky enough to get some hands-on time with the device before it hit shelves, I knew it would do well. It was head-and-shoulders above anything else on the market. Giving it an Editors' Choice was a no-brainer. In the days before the launch, wherever I brought the iPad, I was swarmed with strangers wanting to touch the device, swipe the screen, all imagining what they would do if they owned one. Despite all this, at no time did I think the Apple iPad would sell more than a million units month.
Steve Jobs calling the device "magic" is just goofy, however. The iPad's stunning success is completely explainable without divine intervention. Here is why the iPad is kicking ass, and why it will continue to do so well into 2011.