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The Apple iPad remains the only relevant tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Jun 2011 18:38 User comments (15)

The Apple iPad remains the only relevant tablet According to the latest figures from comScore, the Apple iPad remains the only relevant tablet, accounting for 99.3 percent of all tablet traffic in the world.
The figures also show Android with a measly 0.6 percent share of traffic and the RIM PlayBook at the remaining 0.1.

Acer, Motorola, RIM and Samsung have all downgraded their tablet shipment expectations for the year while Apple sold 4.69 million tablets in the last quarter, alone.

Apple may face increasing competition, however, when HP releases their TouchPad, running on webOS, later this month, and Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 8 tablets next year.

For now, it appears that the iPad is the only tablet in the world that really matters.

(Pic via BI)

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15 user comments

127.6.2011 0:13

I thought samsung tabs were outselling the iPad? I wonder if these numbers are biased somehow; like if Android tablets were detected as phones, or if the they just used the traffic logs from a site like NetFlix (no official android tablet support yet, even though it works better on the samsung tab than on the iPad).



227.6.2011 1:52

Killerbug you realize you jump on every apple article to criticize them. I mean yeah they have their flaws but your obsession with them is troubling. Also, how do you know it's better on the iPad than the tab if you've never owned an ipad

327.6.2011 2:11
killerdunebug
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I killerbug, make up tons of facts with no backup.

Ipads are outselling samsung tabs 4-1. FACT

IPads play Netflix better. FACT

427.6.2011 7:54

Originally posted by killerdunebug:
I killerbug, make up tons of facts with no backup.

Where's the LIKE button? Oh wait, different site I'm thinking of! ;-)

527.6.2011 11:14

I have no trouble believing these numbers. I can't remember the last time I've seen someone with a tablet other than the iPad.

627.6.2011 12:29

Tablets are just lame. Either get a laptop or use the phone.

A good follow-up article to this one........"Tablet all-in-all are irrelevant"

727.6.2011 12:45

Originally posted by ZeusAV:
I have no trouble believing these numbers. I can't remember the last time I've seen someone with a tablet other than the iPad.
I've never seen a Moto Xoom in the wild, seriously, EVER.

827.6.2011 13:12

I never seen anyone using a tablet in the wild, EVER. So using everyones logic here, I can't believe any of the numbers

927.6.2011 13:25

Originally posted by solamf30:
I never seen anyone using a tablet in the wild, EVER. So using everyones logic here, I can't believe any of the numbers
LOL depends on where you live I guess, here in NYC I see at least 5 iPad/iPad 2 daily on the subway/metro north.

1027.6.2011 14:07

I have an Acer Iconia 3.0 android tablet. I love it, 10" screen 720p resolution, full usb support, micro sdhc support and internal storage for under $500.00 The ipad can't compete for what I want, 16 gb internal, 32gb sdhc and 64gb travel drives gives me over 100gb for music and avi's! I don't hate apple but I religiously refute itunes everytime I can. I want open source freedom.

1127.6.2011 15:17

Originally posted by harhumph:
I have an Acer Iconia 3.0 android tablet. I love it, 10" screen 720p resolution, full usb support, micro sdhc support and internal storage for under $500.00 The ipad can't compete for what I want, 16 gb internal, 32gb sdhc and 64gb travel drives gives me over 100gb for music and avi's! I don't hate apple but I religiously refute itunes everytime I can. I want open source freedom.

I couldn't agree more with you. I have a Toshiba Folio 100, which is even cheaper than your Iconia. There are already some cooked ROMs with GringerBread for it, but, for now, I'm fully satisfied with the tablet running Android 2.3.

It beats the iPad in almost anything: 10,1" display (I still can't understand why the hell Samsung made its Galaxy Tab with only 7", which is very small to read anything at full-screen and no zooming, like a digital mag or comic book), front-facing cam, awesome performance on its nVidia Tegra 250, great battery autonomy, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, bluetooth, WI-FI (plus optional 3G), SD card slot, HDMI port, mini-USB and USB ports (can read flash drives and allows plugging a 3G dongle)... And, best of all, yeah, I'm sorry, but I must say this once again: It's ANDROID, not Apple and their proprietary OS, their propietary suckware required to transfer contents to and from a PC, and their ultra-closed policies for everything.

IMHO, people are still buying the iPad (which is news that may be somewhat biased in the numbers, but I believe) because they don't know what they are buying. I must admit that the iPad started a revolution, but now, it just makes no sense to get one if you compare it with its competitors.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

1227.6.2011 15:38

Originally posted by dali:
Originally posted by harhumph:
I have an Acer Iconia 3.0 android tablet. I love it, 10" screen 720p resolution, full usb support, micro sdhc support and internal storage for under $500.00 The ipad can't compete for what I want, 16 gb internal, 32gb sdhc and 64gb travel drives gives me over 100gb for music and avi's! I don't hate apple but I religiously refute itunes everytime I can. I want open source freedom.

I couldn't agree more with you. I have a Toshiba Folio 100, which is even cheaper than your Iconia. There are already some cooked ROMs with GringerBread for it, but, for now, I'm fully satisfied with the tablet running Android 2.3.

It beats the iPad in almost anything: 10,1" display (I still can't understand why the hell Samsung made its Galaxy Tab with only 7", which is very small to read anything at full-screen and no zooming, like a digital mag or comic book), front-facing cam, awesome performance on its nVidia Tegra 250, great battery autonomy, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, bluetooth, WI-FI (plus optional 3G), SD card slot, HDMI port, mini-USB and USB ports (can read flash drives and allows plugging a 3G dongle)... And, best of all, yeah, I'm sorry, but I must say this once again: It's ANDROID, not Apple and their proprietary OS, their propietary suckware required to transfer contents to and from a PC, and their ultra-closed policies for everything.

IMHO, people are still buying the iPad (which is news that may be somewhat biased in the numbers, but I believe) because they don't know what they are buying. I must admit that the iPad started a revolution, but now, it just makes no sense to get one if you compare it with its competitors.
Therein lies the problem..when was the last time you saw a Toshiba Folio ad or billboard? You don't. When was the last time you could into a Toshiba store and play around with one. You can't. There is the problem with competitors, they are outmatched. Motorola Xoom; I have seen ads and billboards and seen them in-stores but it doesn't mean anything.

1327.6.2011 16:14

I believe the key to this whole charade lies in the article...

The word "relevant"... To what do they mean 'relevant'. The ipad was the only thing going for a while, so it's like saying that Ogg's stone wheel was only thing relevant back in the stone age.

I'm a little perplexed... I mean as far as tablet computing is concerned. Not necessarily anymore, just for the mere fact that other companies are making them. Completely immaterial of whether their any good. Simply that others are being made renders the statement... well... 'irrelevant'.

And just to be jerky-ish... I don't own a --pad anything... yet. But I'm gravitating toward an "anything but Apple" based unit. Sorry Apple folks. Just not interested in Stevie-boo-boo knowing where I am at all hours.


1427.6.2011 17:13

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Therein lies the problem..when was the last time you saw a Toshiba Folio ad or billboard? You don't. When was the last time you could into a Toshiba store and play around with one. You can't. There is the problem with competitors, they are outmatched. Motorola Xoom; I have seen ads and billboards and seen them in-stores but it doesn't mean anything.

Yes, you are positively right. In my country, the only tablets you can purchase via a phone carrier are the iPad and the Galaxy Tab, which is way smaller and, only for that matter, quite useless for most potential customers.

So, Apple makes money, which they invest in marketing, which eventually makes much more money for them, coming from the pockets of people who feel happy with their iGadgets whilst (and despite of) being called dumb on their happy faces.

If it was so simple, however, any major brand could use the very same strategy and get the very same results. But, and maybe that theory of the religious fanatism pointed out some weeks ago is the clue to find out why, such an approach won't work unless that hypotetical company has an apple-shaped logo, which seems pretty unlikely if your name is not Apple and you don't want to be sued for the rest of your life.

So, no matter what they'll come up next, maybe a multi-touch iTurd, starting with a black one and, one year after that, the same sh*t but all lacquered in white, they are here to stay. Shame on us humans.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

151.7.2011 13:57

i personally still prefer my Mini 9 netbook ;). I will buy a Non-Apple tablet the day it dies.


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