Larry on my IT team was nice enough to scout around Norwalk, CT looking for an iPad 2 for me and this is the photo he sent back from Best Buy. Larry says at least 60-80 people were in it. The going rate to cut the line is $500 BTW. The AT&T store across the street from TMC HQ had four units and they sold out quickly. And forget about getting many retailers carrying iPads to even think about answering phones today.
It is obvious that Apple has built tremendous consumer trust and if a tablet manufacturer even dreams of penetrating Apple’s massive market share they need to way over deliver. Just take a look at this recent graph from Silicon Valley Insider to see what an uphill battle there is for other tablet companies at the moment.