|Can this really sell at $299?|
Meanwhile, another analyst is estimating that Apple will sell 21 million iPads in 2011... nearly 2 million a month. Compare that to Nintendo's estimate of 4 million 3DS units sold in the first month... no doubt to drop thereafter. Another interesting thing to consider is that the iPad is at a minimum $500, and the 3DS is $250 at least (retail price has not yet been announced for the US market, but they may try to retreat from the $299 price point). Also of note is the fact that Apple is selling about 3 million iPhones per month, and a million or two of the iPod Touch... that's a whole lot of iOS devices. Also note that the iPod Touch is $229 for the 8 GB model, and $299 for the 32 GB model. Compared to what you get, the 3DS doesn't look like a great deal... the 3DS plays games; the iPod Touch does that, and also takes high-quality photos, hi-def video, plays music and videos on an amazing screen, and has 250,000 Apps available for it, many of them free.
If Android is more to your liking, then it's good to note that as of August Eric Schmidt said that 200,000 Android devices were being activated each day... which pencils out to about 6 million per month. That's a lot of mobile gaming devices.
Of course, Nintendo doesn't really acknowledge iDevices or Android devices as competition. I guess denial is more than just a river in Egypt...