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

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.


source: CNET

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39 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

2. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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.

4. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

8. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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.

11. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 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

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

14. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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............

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 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

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.

22. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

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.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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

30. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

19. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

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

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

28. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

38. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

6. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

7. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Don't forget the N7! :D

18. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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."

20. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Smart man B-)

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If they do its lights out for the comp

24. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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-)

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

31. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 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

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 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...

39. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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!

3. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol you damn well Android devices > iOS devices. Denial is a b*tch.

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