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iPad Holds 95% of Tablet Market
Dell will get into tablets in a big way in 2011

Anyone with eyes can see that the Apple iPad is dominating the tablet market today. This is in large part due to the fact that as of now there are still very few competitors on the market. That lack of competition is changing quickly though with tablets running Windows and Android due on the market soon.

Research firm Strategy Analytics reports that for the quarter spanning July through September the Apple iPad dominated the market with 95% of the tablet market. The market for tablets over the quarter swelled to 4.4 million units. The previous quarter was good for 3.5 million tablets according to the research firm.

Analyst Neil Mawston said, "The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business."

There are other tablets coming to the market that will run Android, Windows, MeeGo, webOS and the Blackberry OS making for many more choices over the coming months. Android is expected to be very popular on tablets and its scant 2.3% market share is expected to rise significantly in Q4.

While Apple is dominating the tablet market, other major brands are also looking to get into the tablet market. The world's number two shipper of computers - Dell - will be getting into the tablet market in a big way in 2011. This comes from the mouth of Dell CEO Michael Dell.

Dell said at an event in Hong Kong, "We're going to have a significant number of new tablets in the next year. There're lots of debate about the size of the market, who's buying these devices, and those questions always emerge when there's a new form factor."

Dell also noted it's easier to develop software for phones based on the Windows Phone 7 operating system than Android. There was no further explanation provided for the comment, so we'd be curious to hear the reasoning behind this statement.

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By cknobman on 11/2/2010 10:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
Dell also noted it's easier to develop software for phones based on the Windows Phone 7 operating system than Android. There was no further explanation provided for the comment, so we'd be curious to hear the reasoning behind this statement.

Lets see........could it be because they perhaps get some sort of kickbacks or incentives from Microsoft for using their OS? I'm willing to bet my salary on it!!!!!!!

As for Dell's surge into the tablet market I'm not holding my breath for anything great. I'll just wait and see if anything changes.

Dell has a history of releasing products that cost more and offer less than their competitors and Dell forces too much crap down your throat when you try to purchase anything.

RE: This:
By inighthawki on 11/2/2010 10:18:43 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I'm willing to bet it has a lot to do with the SDKs that MS has provided. Programming in C# on top of XNA or silverlight (with GUI editor) using professional grade software and debuggers is a whole lot easier than writing in pure C/C++ with whatever SDKs were provided by Google for Android in whatever free IDE/debugger you find to go with it.

RE: This:
By Luticus on 11/2/2010 10:28:06 AM , Rating: 2
Good call, as a C# dev i can personally back this up. C# is wonderful when you just want to make something work.

dotnet is ms's golden ticket.

RE: This:
By cknobman on 11/2/2010 1:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
Ironically I am a .net developer myself, lol.

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By inighthawki on 11/2/2010 2:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised you didn't think of that when you wrote your post. As a programmer who is highly fluent in C, C++, and C#, I can say that C++ is my favorite by far, but as far as programming speed and development time, C# has the upper hand by a large margin, it's no contest. Each language has its advantages, and C#'s is development speed and integration with great tools like the GUI editors in visual studio (more of a .NET thing than C# but same difference if the comparison is between C and C#)

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