Hong Kong, Not America, Has More iPads Per Person Than Any Other Country



We’re all aware of how popular Apple’s tablet is. It spawns endless lines outside of Apple stores for days after its launch, and it no other tablet is anywhere close to being as successful. Apple’s iPad is so popular in fact, that one in six Hong Kong citizens own the device.

That means around 17% of Hong Kong’s people own an iPad, according to MIC Gadget, which is six times the global average of 3%. The market research was carried out by TNS, who surveyed 34,000 people from 43 countries — 501 of which were in Hong Kong.

What’s just as impressive is that 50% of those in Hong Kong said that intend to purchase a tablet, which is higher than the global average of 15%. In comparison with China, where only 2.1% of citizens own an iPad, just 5.9% of its people said they plan to buy one. And in the U.S.? 5.3% of Americans own a tablet, and 20.3% intend to buy one.

Of course, Apple’s device dominates everyone’s wish-list. Over the past 12 months, 500,000 tablets have been sold in Hong Kong, with a staggering nine out of ten being the iPad. However, MIC Gadget doesn’t believe all of those iPads will be used by their purchasers:

The data is stunning, however, we don’t believe the locals are using it after buying it, since there’s a grey market in the city, where you can sell the iPads for profits. So, how many of the devices were bought by locals and how many by tourists could not be confirmed.

  • Maxim Michel

    Since when is Hong Kong a country???

  • aramishero

    How come the Author so stupid… Hong Kong is not a country anymore since 1997…

  • Jevin So

    Was just about to mention that, good thing you guys beat me to it. 

  • infin1023

    Should put these number into China’s market, since most of the iPad sold in HK when into China…

  • DrM47145

    When are we going to accept that “America” is a continent, and not a country?

  • oakdesk23

    Hong Kong wasn’t a country then either. I don’t think Hong Kong has EVER been a country.

  • oakdesk23

    “America” isn’t a country either.

  • aardman

    Even though it’s part of China, people living in the mainland can’t just up and move to HK like a person in California can move to Hawaii.  In that sense, under certain analytical contexts, mostly economic, it makes sense to treat HK as a ‘country’ separate from the mainland.

  • aardman

    I’m looking at the latest world map and I, for the life of me, can’t find a continent named ‘America’.  North America, yes.  South America, yes.  But America?  Nooooooo.

    America has been accepted, through common, repeated usage, to be a shortcut for United States of America.  Just as Britain, is an accepted shortcut for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • John Ramirez

    wow, talk about staying off topic.

  • DrM47145

    I very respectfully disagree, but I do acknowledge that that’s how it has been taught in the U.S.

    “North” and “South” is just an adjective for the noun (“America”). America is the name of the landmass discovered by -and named after- Amerigo Vespucci in 1507. 

    European immigrants used to say they were ‘going to America’ to refer they were going to the new continent; but they where saying the same thing regardless of which country they were going to. Some ended up in the U.S., while some ended up somewhere else in America. The confusion started in the early 1900s when they were saying ‘I’m in America’, the same way one could nowadays say ‘I’m in Europe’ when we could actually be more precise and say for example ‘I’m in France’, or “I’m in Spain, or Italy”. The same European immigration was spread all over the new continent.

    The reality is that different countries or different cultures tell different stories. While some countries teach their children there are 6 continents, some others say there are only 5, where one is actually America (as a whole). Hence, the Olympic Rings (5 interconnected rings), originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin (the father of the Olympic Games) to represent ” […] the five parts of the world which now are won over to Olympism […]”. Furthermore, though it was not expressed, it tacitly depicts 5 races as well… but that’s an issue for a separate discussion.

    The long standing US-centrism is not helping the US. How do you think the rest of Europe would feel against France if all the sudden the French decide only they are Europe and only they are Europeans, and the rest are referred to as “northern-than-ME-ans” and “southern-than-ME-ans”?. Not good. Too egocentric. Not the best way to make friends.

  • vanmacguy

    I’m not really surprised given that for the first few months of the iPad’s life, the people in line were buying 2 each and giving them to other people that were sending them there.

  • Deocliciano Okssipin Vieira

    Which  map?

    As a country there is NO America.
    America is a continent.

    Canada, it is a Federation of States in the Northern part of the american continent.
    Mexico, another Federation of States, further down in the same american continent.
    Brasil is another Federation of States also, way down south in the American continent.

    USA cannot exist then.
    Because America starts in Alaska and goes down to Chile, vice-versa.

    How many continents there is:

    • Africa
    • America
    • Asia
    • Europe
    • Australia

    … and 7 Tectonic plates.

    ———–America has been accepted, through common, repeated usage, to be a shortcut for United States of America.  Just as Britain, is an accepted shortcut for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    By who?
    And who is its monarch?

    UK means United Kingdom.
    Britain is different from Ireland and Scotland and Welsh.
    UK is all of them in a basket.

  • mixter504

    Dont forget Central America also exists.

    And although  your statement
    ———…”America has been accepted, through common, repeated usage, to be a shortcut for United States of America.”———-

    might be partially true, its only been widely accepted by people in the USA, which is incorrect.

    It has not been widely accepted by the rest of the inhabitants of America like  Greenland, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, to name a few.

  • marioyohanes

    I believe most of the iPads sold in HK been flew over to Indonesia… Yes, I live in a country where the iPad 2 just launched couple weeks ago, but within a week since the original iPad 2 launched in US, take a walk to malls in Jakarta, then you’ll find hundreds of people playing with iPad 2.

  • DrM47145

    Indeed, and well said.

    The problem is that as a country, the US does not have a name. Technically, their name is the “United States of America”, meaning just that, a number of states in the American continent that decided to unite. But they united under no demonym name.

    You are right:
    Canada is a Federation of states, and the federation’s name is Canada. If you were born there, you are “Canadian”.
    Mexico’s formal name is “Estados Unidos Mexicanos”, hence, the demonym (or gentilic) is “Mexican”.
    As for Brazil, the name is “Republica Federativa do Brasil”, and its gentilic is “Brazilian”.
    And so on…

    But what’s the gentilic for those born in the USA? “American”? Nope… that’s an endonym, that’s how they call themselves. Bt its problem is is too generic, since it only expresses “continentship”. Mexicans, Canadians, Brazilians, Chileans, Bolivians, Paraguayans, Colombians… they are all Americans too, because they were born in the American continent. The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Swiss, the Polish…. they are all Europeans too. 
    So that begs the question: What’s the gentilic (or demonym) for those born in the US? 

    Let’s go back and be objective.

    The demonym for citizens of the USA suffers a problem albeit non-politically, because “American” may ambiguously refer to both the nation, the USA, and the conjoined continent pair, North and South America. The word “American” in English may to most English speakers refer exclusively to a person, place or object from the USA, but the word “americano” in Spanish would usually refer to anyone from the entire Americas, including Latin Americans, and Latin Americans speaking English might also use the word “American” in the same way. 

    In all truthfulness, until the United States rose to world prominence in the 20th century, many Europeans would also use the word “American” in their own languages to refer to anyone from the entire Americas (more often to those of native American descent), and not just to people from the United States.

    To give a more specific English-language demonym for US citizens other than “American” however would be somewhat challenging: United Statian is awkward in English, but it exists in Spanish (estadounidense), French (étatsunien(ne), although americain(e) is preferred), Portuguese (estado-unidense or estadunidense, forms which are only used in Brazil), Italian (statunitense), and also in Interlingua (statounitese). US American (for the noun) and US-American (when used as a compound modifier preceding a noun) is another option, and is a common demonym in German (US-Amerikaner). Latin Americans (who are the most affected by this use of American) also have yanqui (Yankee) and the euphemism norteamericano/norte-americano ‘North American’, which technically includes the USA, Mexico and Canada, but is frequently used in Spanish to refer to the United States only. 

    Frank Llyod Wright popularized Usonian, from the abbreviation for United States of North America, and which is used in Esperanto (country Usono, demonym Usonano,adjective usona).

    So, let’s be humble and deal with it. America is a continent, not a country; and all those born in the continent are Americans, whether Usonians like it or not.

  • Guest

    It sounds like you don’t know Hong Kong’s past or present.

    It is autonomous, has it’s own executive, legislature, separate legal system (British Common Law), their own passports and their *own* currency (Hong Kong Dollar)!

    How’s that *not* a country?! :)

  • Guest

    It is commonly used and accepted by Europeans, Asians and Africans as well…

    Oh, and the inhabitants of Greenland don’t agree with you, they’re mostly Danish speaking subjects of Denmark.

  • mixter504

    And you surveyed the people of Greenland, Europe, Asia and Africa and they agree with you?

    As a Canadian Citizen, Swiss born, Mexican currently living in Central America, I can assure you that you are incorrect in your way of thinking.

    The only people that really accept the term “American” as being from USA are people from the USA.

    And the fact that the inhabitants from Greenland speak Danish doesn’t take away the fact that they are also from North America which in turn makes them Americans.

  • Bartosz Pussak

    What price is for IPad in china?

  • Guest

    Hehe, I don’t have to survey everyone to know it’s the common and accepted usage. You know this already. It might not be correct, but that’s the way things are.

    P.S. Greelanders don’t feel American according to my quick and random survey. They’re Danish. It’s technically “American”, but that’s not how things work, as we have just discussed.

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