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New iPad helps Apple to strong tablet market share in Q1, Kindle Fire retreats to third place

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Jun 2012, 22:10

Tablet sales numbers are in for the first quarter of 2012, and Apple rode the strength of it's third generation iPad to increase its market share as Samsung nabbed second place...

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posted on 04 Jun 2012, 22:42 4

1. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

My mother got a iPad 3 from my stepdad, BEAUTIFUL screen, noticably heavier than the iPad 2. If you get one, be sure to get a nice folio (I found they work best for tablets, as always your personal tastes may differ) I haven't had a chance to play with a Kindle fire however. I personally use an Archos 101 G9, it suits my needs for a multimedia tablet (Archos provides wide format support) quite well!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:36 2

8. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

I read Kindle books on several tablets, one being the New iPad. You don't realize how much better the New iPad resolution is until you go back to a low res tablet to read. The retina display is incerdible.

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 23:25 4

2. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

If Apple does introduce a 7" version of the iPad and it's priced competitively, that will leave a lot of other manufactures out in the cold. I think a lot of people buy some of these cheaper Android tablets, (not that they are all cheap, but some are), because they either can't afford the iPad, or just don't want to spend that kind of $ on something like a tablet.

I just don't care for Apple's iOS, but the hard wear has always been good to great.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 02:33

5. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

I agree with you, provided they offer worldwide LTE support!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:02

9. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

At this point I am not sure if worldwide LTE support is possible as countries are still defining what those frequencies are and also there is not a chipset that supports all frequencies.

The best you are going to get is GSM at this point, for the next few years at least.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 01:17

3. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

I guess there's only one way for any manufacturer to beat Apple in the tablet market, create a dual boot tablet with Android and Windows 8!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 01:25

4. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

asus made that but it is really big like 18 inches. but there may be problems between google and microsoft when that comes out

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:53 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i hope apple does release a 7 inch tablet for 300 or less, and i hope its massively popular. Why? Because it will force them to reduce the price of their 10 inch tablet to keep sales up. That will put more pressure on the top end to bring those prices down, which will then put pressure back on the low end to bring those prices down a smidge more. In the end, we all get cheaper tablets.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:35

7. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

im just so suprised that android has not had the sucess in the tablet market as it has in the smartphone market. With IOS all but dominate in the tablet market it seems like a waste for OEM to even make android tablets.

IF Apple 7 inch tablet is priced will like 199 (doubtfull) it would me the end to android tablet sales.

If windows 8 Bring that big bang that i hopeing for, which i believe out the door will out sell android tablets. Oem might begin to put more effort and time into windows 8 tablets rather than android. IMO windows is really the only competition in terms of tablets that apple has to worry about. Last note for the love of God microsoft price your tablets in the 399 499 area not not dame 799 899 for God sakes your windows 7 tablet was 1500 bucks. i understand they run real pc software but the average consumer wont care you have to take the tablet market before you can expect people to pay that price.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:05

10. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

With the iPod touch being $200, I see the "mini" starting at $300.

Or ... perhaps they will drop the touch to $150 and the mini starting at $150.

E3 has tons of MS tablets from what I am reading. MS is pushing hard here now that there is cheaper hardware finally.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 11:45 2

11. Scott_H (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)

Tward - a couple things have happened that has (so far) prevented Android from revisiting the success they had with phones.

1) The failure of Honeycomb lead to a slow rollout of ICS tablets - so the user experience wasn't very convincing.

2) Amazon jumped their playbook - had someone put out a $249 ICS tablet last holiday season, Android would have been enjoying much of the success that Amazon did, and remember that Apple only had a hair over 50% of the tablet market in Q4 last year.

By the way, I think that's the reason why we will definitely see a 4.1/Jellybean release at I/O - Google needs to get a tablet-centric update out ASAP to make their $200 tablet even more appealing - with Windows 8 and the Kindle Fire 2 coming out later in the year, Google is running out of chances to move Android into the tablet space in a big way, and a failure to do so could open the door to a slow erosion of phone market share by tablet users who want to have the same OS on all their mobile devices.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 12:03 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I know that if W8 shows off in a big way for tablets, I'll be getting one. One of the main reasons I have held off on upgrading my G-Slate to something nicer is I want to see what MS pulls out.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:58

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

That just goes to show vast majority of android sales are freebies or close to it

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:48

13. Suts_97 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 May 2012)

I would never want to see Android being left out in the tablet market, but I want it to dominate the tablet market just like how it does with the smartphone market!

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