According to analytics firm NPD, today's Black Friday shopping madness highlights a change in North American shopping patterns that will end up with something happening during this quarter that has never happened before. According to NPD, this three-month period will see tablets out ship notebooks and mini-notebooks in the continent for the first time ever, and the trend will continue next year. NPD sees 21.5 million tablets getting shipped in North America during the current quarter, versus 14.6 million notebooks and mini-notebooks during the same time period.
Next year should see the first time, on an annual basis, tablets shipped in North America surpass notebook and mini-notebook deliveries. NPD sees the numbers coming in at 80 million vs. 63.8 million respectively. On a global basis, tablets won't out ship notebooks until 2015 when NPD's estimate calls for 275.9 million tablets to ship vs. 270 million notebooks.
Google, and online retailers like Amazon, have put their money behind tablets.
NPD adds that the $199 price point has become an important target for manufacturers to meet or beat. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the 16GB Google Nexus 7 are driving sales at that price. The report also mentions the large number of choices that tablet buyers now have with screen sizes of 7”, 7.9”, 8.9”, 10.1”, and 10.6” now available.
source: NPD via SlashGear