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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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Nobody wanted one?
By damianrobertjones on 11/2/2010 10:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
I've owned a load of tablets over the years and although every single person would comment, 'Ohh, that's good', not one wanted to go out and buy one. In my current company, not one person owns a tablet. None.

Latitude XT and XT2 - Far too expensive, amazing multi-touch, easy to use the on-screen keyboard. No one wants one due to price and no-one knows they exist.

Archos 9 - Please, don't go there.

Acer 1820ptz - Fantastic screen, great multi-touch, seven hours battery life.. No-one knows it exists.

If Acer, Dell, any other oem actually got off their behind they might actually SELL a few tablets. Oh well, Apple dove in and destroyed them all and hardly lifted a damn finger.

Shame, as Windows 7, despite what the reviers state and people repeat, is actually really easy to use a touch platform. (Increase dpi to 125% and you're set). Gestures are great :)

RE: Nobody wanted one?
By Tony Swash on 11/2/2010 11:08:16 AM , Rating: 2
I've owned a load of tablets over the years and although every single person would comment, 'Ohh, that's good', not one wanted to go out and buy one. In my current company, not one person owns a tablet. None.

Interesting anecdote but the simple fact is that times are changing.

Apple will sell in the region of 10 million iPads this calendar year and probably around 15 plus million in its first full year.

To put that in perspective that's roughly twice as many iPads sold as Xbox.

I would not be surprised if 30 million iPads were sold in it's second year.

Clearly millions of people have looked at the iPad and decided they very much wanted one.

Perhaps you were showing them the wrong tablet :)

RE: Nobody wanted one?
By PsychoPif on 11/3/2010 11:21:46 AM , Rating: 2
30 million IPad... With every other tech companies in the world going after a piece of the pie?

I think Apple will be quite proud if they can keep the same pace. You're insane if you think they can double their growth to 30 millions, unless they release a cheap version at half price. And even then, competitors will need to fail badly with their counter attack.

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