Apple walked over HP last quarter to become the largest mobile computer maker in the world

Apple walked over HP last quarter to become the largest mobile computer maker in the world
Now who would have predicted that just a year ago. It's a tiny statistics tidbit that shows how the computer industry is really changing with a disruptive pace.

Thanks to booming iPad sales, Apple overtook traditional PC industry juggernaut HP to become the largest manufacturer of mobile computers with 10.2 million sold, 17.2% of the market, in Q4 of 2010.

The second  HP sold 9.3 million mobile PCs, 15.6% of the market, then we have Acer with 8.4 million, then Dell and Toshiba. With more than 50 new tablets to appear this year, including HP's own TouchPad, it might be hard for Apple to maintain the lead, but the iPad 2 is just around the corner, and we are hearing about a third iPad due for September - October introduction to keep the pace going.

source: DisplaySearch via 9to5Mac



1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

...ugh, I won't feel cool owning a Mac if EVERYONE owns a Mac lol. All I can say is I hope Apple doesn't lose quality with their popularity in the last 4 years.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Oh I hate to break it to you JeffdaBeat. You stopped being original owning an Apple product a long time ago. Iphones are the most popular single cell phone for sale and the ipad is the most popular tablet for sale. Theres nothing original about owning them anymore and they're becoming the norm. But just hang on in the long run just like how Windows smoked Apple in the desktop game eventually Android will beat Apple in the mobile game. Its inevitable cause the rest of the large manufacturers are all making Android phones. Which means the market will get flooded with cheaper alternatives. Not everyone will throw away money like Apple users. So once again Apple will become the rich mans phone and the proper snobbiness will be restored. Or eventually Apple will rule the world and being stupid with your money will be the norm then you'll have to go out and buy an Android phone to be "different" which will mean you're aspiring to be the nerdy guy who's wise with your dollars. But then again we live in America where staying out of debt and having cash is uncool. So Apple will probably just get passed up by some other company who is more expensive and therefore its cool to buy that instead of Apple products. I don't know the only constant I know is that most Americans are stupid with their money, and eventually all those who are idiots with their money will be iDiots without any money. Oh and the reason I claim Apple is more expensive than Android is due to Iphones only being available on the two most expensive carriers also the amount of free apps on the Android Market vs the amount of free on the App Store. That makes for a more expensive experience. Not to mention the 10.1" Archos Android tablet I bought for $299 and tether to my Mytouch 4G for free. I almost laughed in my sister in laws face when she told me she bought a $699 ATT ipad and pays $30 per month for data. When are people going to learn being stupid with your money ISN'T COOL.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered was a joke dude...chill... I mean, I was making fun of Apple Fanboys and I am an Apple Fanboy...I appreciate the unneeded wall of text though...

4. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

lol did he change your mind about apple products with that wall of text jeff? or did he just waste a good chunk of time writing a bunch of gibberish. I don't understand the point in downing other people based on what phone they own or purchase. If you think it's cheaper to get an android phone then get an android phone..if you'de rather have apple then get apple. noone cares if you think they're "stupid" for buying an iphone they enjoy the phone and feel it's worth the money they put into it. This coming from someone who prefers android but also owns an ipod touch.

5. heyitzme

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

did you change your mind* woopsies

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's been my main point about this whole Android vs. iOS crap. It's like art...there is no good or bad art, only what works for you and what doesn't. I happen to think the Motorola RAZR was probably the worse phone ever, but there are people who still have that phone and love it. It works for them and that's what matters in the end. I'm a huge nerd and I love Apple products because so far, they've worked for me. I don't diss Android just because I don't like it...I just know it's not my OS.

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