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ABI: Android tablets will soon surpass the Apple iPad in shipments

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ABI: Android tablets will soon surpass the Apple iPad in shipments
Considering the big lead that the Apple iPad once had over Android tablets, it might seem hard to believe that the shipment of Android tablets could outnumber the transport of iPads this year. But according to ABI Research, that is exactly what is going to happen. Apple's market share in tablets has dropped from the 69% it earned in last's second quarter to 50% in this year's first quarter.

ABI says that the low priced 7 inch niche that Android has carved out for itself has been taking share away from Apple, even with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini available. Earlier this week, researcher IDC forecast that 55% of tablets shipped this year will sport an 8 inch screen or smaller and the average price of a tablet will drop 11% to $381.

It seems that everything is falling into place for slabs like the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 as market demand is increasing for these smaller, cheaper tablets.

"It's inevitable that Android tablets will overtake iOS-powered slates, though we see no single vendor challenging Apple's dominance anytime soon. With media tablets commercially available for more than four years, momentum is shifting toward value and affordability, putting tablets in more of the population's reach."-Jeff Orr, ABI senior practice director

source: CNET

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posted on 30 May 2013, 15:31 3

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple should lower the price of current, and future mini's. it's not so much that android tablets are better, but they're just as good and some a lot cheaper.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:43 7

2. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Android tablets aren't even as good as the iPad or the mini, it's just that they are a lot cheaper! If the new rumors are anything to go by, Apple's gonna lower the price of future mini to $249. So let's just keep our fingers crossed.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:46 5

4. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Quad...here's your chance to explain, to all of us, how iPads are better than Android tablets.

Go...................

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:55 5

8. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Better build quality.
More than 300,000 tablet optimized apps.
No lags.
Better support for future software updates.
Easy to use.
Thumb me down, but that won't change the facts.

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:25 7

11. sum182 (Posts: 217; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Build Quality - The Aluminum? thats an opinion cause i dont like it, scratches way to easily. Other than that it feels solid if thats whay you mean.
Tablet Optimized Apps - IMO id rather have access to all apps rather than just tablet optimized ones, so your not waiting on a dev.
No Lags - NO MULTITASKING FOR YOU! Which on a tablet, you should be able to do, honestly.
Software Updates - Buy a nexus or Asus, otherwise, your correct.
Easy to Use - Now this is all opinion here, so i wont touch it

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:32 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The iPad has access to the iPhones apps too, and it multi tasks great. With just the swipe of your fingers like turning a page. Sum182 try it out, if you haven't.

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:28 5

12. boosook (Posts: 771; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Better build quality than, say, the xperia tablet Z? compare the ipad with tablets in the same price range, please. The tablet z is even better than an ipad. Lags? same thing: buy a tablet in the same price range of the ipad an lags will magically disappear. Tablet optimized apps? here the ipad has an edge, but not so much anymore. Easy to use? the fact that android is difficult is just a myth. Use it like you would use an ipad (i.e. ignore widgets and personalization) and it's just as easy. I know people who now use android smartphones easily and they didn't know anything about smartphones, apps and so on. And people are starting to understand these thing now.

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:52 4

14. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I have a Nexus 7.

I'll take my dimpled, rubberized backing over the iPad's aluminum backing. Hey, did you know Aluminum is one of the softest metals? That means its prone to dents and scratching. I'll also take my Corning Glass over the iPad's Playskool glass. Better build quality, you say? I don't think so. Go watch drop/water tests between the N7 and iPad--you'll think otherwise.

Apps? I've yet to run into an app that isn't "customized" for my tablet.

Lag? With Project Butter and a Tegra 3 under the hood?..........HA! My N7 doesn't even know what lag is.

Updates? The N7 has been out for 10 months and has received three updates--which, by the way, have never caused any issues........unlike what Apple updates do. Oh, and then Apple likes to produces bugs, and then send a fix.......which causes another bug. LOLz @ Apple updates.

Ease of use? With only a home button, I really don't know how you use any iOS device. Having a back button is one of the best things any Android device could have! Oh...and let me also mention the TWO dropdown notification/settings curtains I have at the top of my screen. Also, being able to customize screens however I want makes Android much easier to use.

Well I think I covered your bullet points.

Next............

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:59 2

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 1072; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You must have the Nexus 7 from the future because even these Fandroids in an android forum prefer their iPad vs their Nexuses. The bullet points are covered in this thread as well.

http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-nexus-7-tablet/279930-whats-difference-between-ipad-android-tablet.html

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:13 2

16. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Yeah, apparently he is unaware of debonding, screen lifting, backlight bleeding, and cheap materials that even the most diehard Android fanboys have complained about and returned or sold theirs for, but he is an unrepentant troll. Try selling a pre-C90 on the secondary market, but bring a towel,because you are going to take a bath.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:29 2

22. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Gee, that's funny. I never had any of those issues. I've read that some people had those problems (and it made me weary) but my Nexus 7 has been flawless ever since it arrived at my doorstep.

Troll? So what. I speak my mind and you're just a crybaby--and most likely a fairy iFanboy.

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:18 1

34. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Great comeback. You must be a hit with the other fifth graders.

Just because you haven't had problems with your N7, it doesn't mean problems don't exist. As for my tech proclivities, I own what I like and want, when I want it.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:55 1

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Damn Hemlocke you checked him dude. Gmr1 is all about immaturity unfortunately. And just last week he posted to me that trolling, and fanboy wars war tired. Short week I guess

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:00 2

30. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


You always talk about maturity levels, yet you're always the one saying "oooh you got him with that, broooo!"...."ooooh you nailed him that time!"

Are you just an 11yr old in a meathead costume? You'll grow up, one day. I wish you would learn just one thing: LOGIC. Everything you have ever said has not ever had a single drop of relevance.

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:10

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You simply just keep reinforcing the things I say about you bro. SMDH, and he did check you. Stop posting like you're a kid, and trying to disrespect everyone that doesn't use android, and maybe you'll be taken seriously.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:24 1

19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


My N7 was shipped in the 2nd wave, from Google, July '12. It's the same as the others, though......I guess xD

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:30

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed android tablets have cool features, but lack the premium feel of the iPad. They also don't have it's app, or business support. One thing about the iPad I love, is how much it's catered to by businesses. One of the many reasons people prefer it.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:55 1

28. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Premium feel? Because it's catered by businesses? Yup.....you're def a 'status' person, and that's pretty pathetic.

I don't care about how something feels, or who/what uses it. That makes me human, right?

Have fun with your overpriced 'feel.' LMMFAO, LOL, ROFL, ROFLMAO, LULZ, LOLZ, LAWLZ.

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:31 1

38. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Your last line proved that you're just a kid. Thanks for confirmation.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:51 6

6. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Yeah! Nexus10, Asus transformer, Sony Z, Note10.1 offers much more!

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:53 3

7. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Don't forget the N7! :D

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:22 5

18. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Every time I see a Note 10.1 I get jealous. My iPad was king when it first came out, but now it's LAGGY, it FORCE CLOSE ALL THE TIME, and it bores the heck out of me. There's only so many times you can change a wallpaper or move icons. I need some customization and there is NONE. at this point, my iPad is just a web browser and Netflix streamer. My next slab will have Android on it, because even with the latest iPads i get the feeling of "been there-done that."

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:25 3

20. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Smart man B-)

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:27

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If they do its lights out for the comp

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:30

24. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


LOL. One of my customers tried selling me his iPad for $50 (fifty). The price mean anything to me. Even if he wanted to give it to me for free, I'd either refuse or take it and throw it in the street and watch it get run over B-)

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:36

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's a lie and you know it gmr1. This is why people on here don't take you seriously dude. Bash the iPad cuz we know how much you hate apple, but c'mon man the lies aren't needed.
"Even if he wanted to give it to me for free, I'd either refuse or take it and throw it in the street and watch it get run over" don't lie man. Just be mature sometime.

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:04 1

31. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


LMFAO. I don't lie. Lying is one of the most ridiculous things people do. Yeah, I'm just gonna make up sh*t to get a rise out of people. If you were in my store, or one of my close friends, you would know my stand on Apple and its products.

You must have serious insecurities. Do you think people are always lying to you, or something? You always mention maturity. Do you think everyone is below you? As a person, you make me sick.

P.S. -- beer is good and maybe I'll get banned from this site :D

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:17 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'm no better than anyone, nor am I above anyone. I simply respect people's choices, and love tech. My stand on apple, and android is that I love both. They're different yet the same, some people prefer one, I prefer both. And you've never met me or even heard my voice, so if as a person I make you sick, then that shows your lack of maturity even more. It also shows how shallow you are. SMDH again. Grow up gmr1...

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:34 1

39. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Seriously? He tried selling you for 50 bucks? Do you want us to believe that? Haha, the bidding on a used iPad goes upto $350 on ebay. LOL, thanks for the good laugh!

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:45 2

3. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


lol you damn well Android devices > iOS devices.

Denial is a b*tch.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:50 4

5. MartianMe (unregistered)


apple should just disappear all together .i wouldn't miss it..i have no use for it unlike lg,sam,sony they don't develop just phones but also home appliances, televisions, entertainment systems, car stereos you name it.

posted on 30 May 2013, 15:57 5

9. umlguy (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Apple and all of their products are mostly for people who have more money than they know what to do with and are willing to try and buy the most expensive or the most social snob appeal devices they can get. Apple has a niche in higher end computing products which they will keep a percentage of, but will always end up losing the higher volumes to lower cost brands and models when they reach quality and feature parity ... which Android definitely has, the numbers don't lie.

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:00 6

10. Doakie (Posts: 844; Member since: 06 May 2009)


As an Android supporter I'm actually kinda surprised that they're catching up so quickly. I've owned one iPad and I think 5 Android tablets. I sold them all except one, the HP Touchpad. I guess in reality its not really an Android tablet. But I run Android on it 100% of the time I use it. But even it hasn't been used in over a month. It's sitting with its battery dead somewhere. Once I made the upgrade to the Galaxy Note 2 I really had no more reason for using a tablet. Of course my use case isn't exactly like everyone else's. But for me once I had a phone that could do everything my tablets could do, had a sufficiently large screen to make viewing videos satisfactory, I had it on me all the time, and once it filled all my needs subconscious muscle memory towards actions and icon placement really took hold my Note 2 is my go to device. I've been toying with the idea of buying a Nexus 7 but I'd rather just get a FonePad. :-)

posted on 30 May 2013, 16:38 1

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Not surprised. Apple really has to make huge changes if it wants to stay in the competition. It can't forever rely on people who don't know anything about electronics.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:58

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 9275; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I know tons about electronics, and I prefer the iPad. Also my fiancé has a galaxy tab 8.9 running jellybean, which I use a lot too. iPads plainer but better.

posted on 30 May 2013, 17:16 2

17. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Funny, last i checked, the iPad Mini still sold many times more copies than the next closest competitor. Estimated at 12.5 million, last quarter alone, which would be more than all Android tablets, combined.

posted on 30 May 2013, 18:47 2

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


You know how much things change in 3 months?

posted on 30 May 2013, 20:58

36. Edmund (Posts: 645; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I doubt it. Everytime I walk into a large electronics store I see the sales guy/gal trying to sell a Windows tablet or ipad.

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:04

37. jlim33 (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 May 2013)


It all depends on Apple if they can blow the world away with their next generation products. They should also learn to listen to their consumers who wants only the best to them.

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