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Apple's "new iPad" and iPad 2 continue to trounce the competition

Although there was a semblance of a tablet market that had been around for nearly a decade in the PC space, it wasn't until Apple's iPad launched in 2010 that the market really took off. The original iPad was a success for the boys from Cupertino, while the iPad 2 took Apple's tablet sales through the roof. According to the latest figures from IDC, it appears that the "New iPad" is continuing that trend, putting it far ahead of its Android-based rivals.
While overall tablet sales were predictably down from the holiday season (28.2 million units shipped in Q4 2011) to 17.4 million units in Q1 2012, it still represented a 120 percent increase compared to Q1 2011 (7.9 million units). Not surprisingly, Apple's iPad led the way with 11.8 million tablet shipments during the first quarter.
"Apple's move to position the iPad as an all-purpose tablet, instead of just a content consumption device, is resonating with consumers as well as educational and commercial buyers," said Tom Mainelli, research director for Mobile Connected Devices at IDC.
Apple was no doubt helped out by its decision to keep the year-old iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi) onboard to lower the price of entry for its tablet family to $399.

Android tablets, however, took a nose dive in market share during the first quarter, with Amazon falling from second place in shipments to third place, effectively swapping spots with Samsung. The sharp decline in Kindle Fire sales along with an overall weakness in Android-based tablet sales allowed Apple to rebound from a worldwide market share of 54.7 percent in Q4 2011 to a stronger position of 68 percent in Q1 2012.
"It seems some of the mainstream Android vendors are finally beginning to grasp a fact that Amazon, B&N, and Pandigital figured out early on: Namely, to compete in the media tablet market with Apple, they must offer their products at notably lower price points," Mainelli continued.
Mainelli also expects Amazon to ship a larger version of its Kindle, presumably with a 10.1" display. Unlike the current Kindle Fire, which uses a heavily modified fork of Android 2.3, the larger tablet will use the mainstream version of Android used by tablet makers like Samsung, Toshiba, and Lenovo.

Source: IDC Group [press release]

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Windows RT Poised To Dominate
By Arsynic on 5/3/2012 2:43:15 PM , Rating: 4
The only reason Android has such a large marketshare are geeks and the fact that for a while it was the only decent smartphone on non-shitty carriers. Everyone I know has dumped it in favor of the iPhone once it became available. The only folks hanging on to Android are the Linux geeks who love doing file and process management from a (fucking) phone.

No one wants an Android tablet. The OS is ugly and cumbersome. It was built by geeks for geeks. Windows RT will quickly overtake it and give iPad a run for its money.

RE: Windows RT Poised To Dominate
By troysavary on 5/3/2012 3:39:13 PM , Rating: 1
Of course you get downrated for trashing this site's beloved Android. Nevermind that it IS a shitty OS. Android phones consistently have higher return rates and lower customer satisfaction scores than the competition.

RE: Windows RT Poised To Dominate
By Arsynic on 5/3/2012 4:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
Android is so bad that I settle for the lesser of two evils, iPad. I even tried the Nook Color and it was a piece of shit.

By seamonkey79 on 5/3/2012 6:05:07 PM , Rating: 2

By nikon133 on 5/3/2012 7:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
I actually prefer my Asus Transformer to iPad I had last year (and gave it to my mom).

DivX/XviD players sold it for me. Plenty of old TV shows I like watching on tablet without streaming and converting.

ICS 4.0.3 is nice and smooth, though I'm a bit annoyed with Asus/Google still not having fix for intermittent deep sleep freeze...

RE: Windows RT Poised To Dominate
By Rukkian on 5/4/2012 9:13:38 AM , Rating: 2
It has nothing to do with people loving Android. I don't really care which way you go, but spouting off hate on a platform you obviously know nothing about with obviously trolling comments will get you downrated every time (hopefully).

I personally use Android (ICS 4.04 on my GNEX), even though many in my family do not. My wife has the same belief that the *phone is so much easier, but costantly has to ask me for help on how to figure out how to do anything but the most mundane things. It is a pain to keep clean (no app drawer for all the apps you don't regularly use, no widgets, no custom lock screen, etc.).

While there was some truth that 2 years ago, Android was more of a fringe, geek product, ICS is beautiful and constantly evolving, unlike the Apple version, which does nothing more in upgrades than lock out features (SIRI) to make you buy the latest, or steal old stuff from Android (The notification bar) from the one that is suppossedly only for idiot Nerds that don't know better.

I want competition, and see what the *phone did to the industry, and over all it is good. Spouting hate for either side (especially from somebody that obviously has never even used a competitors product) just show how much of an idiot you truly are, and deserves downrating.

My kids (8, 11) used to constantly want to use my wife's phone, but after I got mine, they think it is easier, and like the bigger screen. I would recommend an android to anybody that would like to do more with their device than just exactly what apple tells them too, however, there are people that I still recommend apple to. I know my wife will never get anything but an iphone cause she does not like change, and they never really do, so it is perfect for her.

By talikarni on 5/4/2012 12:16:11 PM , Rating: 2
....and the sheep bahhhhh. I am sorry your Steve Jobs shepherd is gone and your flock is lost, trying to cling to any fad you can.

Android is the better OS in this market. Plain simple and factual. Market share and sales do not paint the whole picture. People buying Apple tablets and smart phones right now are doing so out of pure status symbolism. The Android users are sitting back laughing at how dumb people can be, paying $600 for a tablet where the same speed/power hardware based Android tablet is half that price.

People cannot compare a $150 7" Android tablet to the $600 iPad, but that is where 99% of the comparisons end up at, and thats the only way Apple sheep can claim any level of superiority.

As for Microsoft, I doubt they will even make a dent in the tablet market until Windows 10 at the earliest, and that is IF AT ALL. Microsoft can do desktop/laptop OS just fine, at least every other try. So far they have proven they don't have a clue how to do mobile systems, and Win8 is NOT the way to do it. I've run the alpha testing, there is NO way it has a chance against Android or Apple.

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