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E-reader and tablet shipments
Both types of devices made a killing during the holiday season

Consumers are bracing for an upcoming onslaught of tablets and e-readers being rolled out in the next few months -- from the likes of RIMHTCLG, and Samsung, to name a few. And these new devices aren't hitting the market without good reason -- the demand is there.

According to a report from market research company IMS Research, Q4 2010 e-reader shipments, which totaled 5.1 million units worldwide, were up 90 percent over the previous quarter -- a 116-percent increase over the same period of 2009. Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's NOOK performed particularly well, with B&N overtaking Sony at second place in the e-reader market.

While the numbers for e-readers are certainly impressive, they were overshadowed by tablets' worldwide performance. "Thanks to strong iPad holiday sales and significant sell-in of the Samsung Galaxy Tab," tablet sales rose 124 percent from quarter to quarter, to 9.4 million units in Q4 2010.

And the success of both types of devices is predicted to continue. IMS Research forecasts 146-percent growth for e-readers in 2011, thanks to falling prices and new features such as touch and color screens. Tablets, on the other hand, are expected to grow 242 percent, to 58 million units on the year. 

As we reported previously, tablet growth has already begun to cut into demand for PCs. This trend is set to continue, with tablets representing 23 percent of the portable PC market, up from just 8 percent in 2010.

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RE: other than reading...
By sprockkets on 3/30/2011 5:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
We don't need them, but the technically illiterate crowd that has no bleeping clue how to install programs, reinstall windows, install any form of drivers or anything even mildly technical likes them.

RE: other than reading...
By B3an on 3/30/2011 8:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
People like us have to realise that most people just browse the net. They dont do anything productive or creative with computers. So a tablet of some sort is fine for most. Sad but true.

Having said that, even for browsing the net i think a laptop is better. Atleast you can rest it on things easier, like your lap or a table and adjust the screen to properly face you, plus theres the keyboard, better speed, and more connectivity that even the most computer illiterate idiot could make use of.

RE: other than reading...
By slunkius on 3/31/2011 2:38:04 AM , Rating: 2
Why is it sad that
most people just browse the net
? I do the productive part on desktop at my work, so at my free time i just wish to do some internet consumption/read e-book. Tablet is just perfect for that.
Disclaimer: i dont own it yet, price is a bit too high at the moment, but moderate price decrease i'm on the bandwagon.

RE: other than reading...
By Netscorer on 3/31/2011 2:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
Agree with you. I earn good money doing productive PC work during the day but what I do on my free time is my own business and if I want to read some news, exchange quick Email with my friends, listen to some music, watch an occasional humorous YouTube video or read the latest bestseller, it is all fine. Tablet does all of these better then laptop or PC. And it does not have to cost arm and a leg if you are bothered by price. I bought my Nook Color for $200 and for the functions above it is just as good as iPad or Xoom. And being 7" it is actually more comfortable to handle while still not too small.

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