IPad Market Share Bested by Nexus 7 in Japan
January 17, 2013 11:54 AM
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Japan's largest business daily Nikkei said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price
Apple's iPad is notorious for being king of the tablets, but in Japan, this may no longer be the case.
Market research firm BCN conducted a survey in Japan last December to see what the tablet market share was looking like. Out of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, the iPad had 40.1 percent of the market while
Google's Nexus 7
claimed 44.4 percent.
Japan's largest business daily
said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price. The Nexus 7 costs $199 USD while the cheapest iPad --
the iPad mini
-- is $329 USD. Both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are 7-inch tablets.
However, the report did note that some stores in Japan have run out of the iPad mini, which may have affected the results a bit.
The iPad mini features a 7.85-inch display, 1024x768 resolution, Dual-core A5 processor, Lightning connector, 5 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options, 10-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and 4G LTE availability. The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB version, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB.
Google's Nexus 7 is a tablet made by ASUS. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, and packs various features like a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, GPS and 16GB/32GB versions. The 16GB version
starts at $199
while the 32GB runs $249.99.
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1/18/2013 4:36:07 AM
Its all about money. Developers and even Google make more money through iOS than they do through Android. Combine that with Andy Rubin's backwards policy that smartphone apps are just fine on a tablet is why there is such a discrepancy in the quality and quantity of tablet apps between the two platforms.
I could see myself having something like a Nexus 4 smartphone, but going from an iPad to an Android tablet would be a significant downgrade in every conceivable way given the number of apps I'd either be giving up or downgrading. Combine that with inferior hardware, developer-hostile policies with app stores (they do not protect developer profits), and lax tablet-UI guidelines, and I don't see that difference changing anytime soon.
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