Only .3% of the world's population has bought a tablet

Only .3% of the world's population has bought a tablet
Though many have jumped on the tablet bandwagon with devices like the successful Apple iPad, 99.7% of the world’s population still has not seen the need for a tablet and therefore have not purchased one to date.

The research was conducted by RBC Capital Market analyst Mike Abramsky who managed to create an 88-page report on his findings. He also focused on the market for TV subscriptions, newspaper circulation and more but we will just focus on the tablets for now.

The fact that only .3% of the world’s population has purchased a tablet can be attributed to the lack of selection, fairly new technology or the fact that there is no real need to own one. There is a flurry of tablets on the horizon, so these numbers could surely change by this time next year

Abramsky believes that these numbers will skyrocket within the next few years. In fact, he predicts that 185 million tablets will be sold in the year 2014. That is a huge difference from the numbers reported in 2010. 

With Android getting ready to hit the tablet world by storm, BlackBerry and HP getting ready to make a plays their own and an already established successful tablet in the form of Apple’s iPad, what do you think of Abramsky’s prediction? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Slash Gear



19. haikallp unregistered

Well duhh, its more expensive than a netbook but is not as capable as a netbook. For now, its just an oversize mobile os platform. It can't do any heavy work.

13. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

none of your comment really make any sense, and neither does your fuzzy math. If you weren't a pessimist, you would see this article in a much different light, but that's your issue.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What about my comment doesn't make sense? I'm saying that the actual sales figures of tablets are more encouraging than Phonearena is letting on. Some of the figures I use for my math are fuzzy only because of lack of real figures, so I had to improvise and lend as much to Phonearena's view as possible, because my point was still proven. To say I'm a pessimist is to totally misunderstand my viewpoint and the point of my comment. What clarification in regards to my math needs clarification?

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I love how this is entitled "only" 0.3 percent of the population. Okay, let's look at some numbers here: That percentage means that as of right now, roughly 21,277,947 people own a tablet of some sort. Apple began taking preorders for the iPad on March 12; I'm using that as our start date for the tablet resurgence, as beforehand there were really no tablets of note. That means that if you were to average it out over the past 360 days, about 59,105 tablets have been activated worldwide each day. Now, let's back out to the original number of people in the world. Over 80 percent of the world lives on 10 bucks a day or less. So at the very best, even assuming a sudden jump above the poverty line for the remaining 20 percent, you're looking at 1,418,529,780 eligible buyers. So even with that (probably considerably inflated number) suddenly you're looking at 1.5 percent of the eligible population owning a tablet in less than a year, with a very limited selection available, and with the tablets that came out not necessarily very appealing choices compared to alternative computing solutions. I can't currently find any data on similar technological explosions like laptops or smartphones, unfortunately. But I'm sure that the number comparisons are similar in ways. Never let me near a statistic, Phonearena. I'm always sure to analyze the hell out of it. :)

15. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Now, we need to get the definition of a tablet from the source.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

For the purpose of my demonstration I'm labeling a tablet PC as a mostly touchscreen device which is a mixture of a smartphone and a laptop, with what could be called a "candybar" form factor.

18. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Then I wouldn't be surprised if those tablets never makes it past 200m. Though, I'm sure some time in the future something is going to come along to revolutionize and redefine the "tablets" we have now. Honestly, I wouldn't even call the iPad a tablet, it's still just a phone OS in a bigger form factor.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And you are an authority on sales projections because...? And if we're going by that criteria, then we can throw out all tablet sales over the past year, because that's basically the galaxy tab as well.

22. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Wow, I didn't know giving an opinion meant I was an analyst. Yes. Yes it would. I didn't say it didn't. I guess you were under the assumption I was some fan boy. Sorry but I'm actually looking for newer and better technology.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Back in the last century a bunch of people threw gasoline engines onto carriages originally meant to be drawn by horses. They aren't much like what we drive today, but they were still called automobiles. Just because the iPad isn't exactly what you and I want tablets to eventually be, doesn't mean it isn't still considered officially to be a tablet PC. Now, I'm not a fan of the iPad. I think it's an overhyped product which should be known, like the iPhone should be, for popularizing a type of product. Gotta give credit where it's due.

25. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Yeah, essentially, the iPad is an iPhone with a larger screen. But, the Motorola XOOM is more of what I would call a tablet.

26. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

I agree completely. it's a phone operating system in a larger format. nothing more. now honeycomb....

9. yospos unregistered

have fun with your cafeteria trays that can surf a gimped internet, fucking little kids.

11. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

That's funny shit^ And so very true.

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Because laptops are better and around the same price.

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

But a laptop does not give you the mobility, ease of use, efficiency, and convenience of a tablet. Takes me 1 second to activate my ipad to check or work on something real quick whether it's for business or for amusement.

14. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

How do laptops not give you mobility, ease of use, efficiency and convenience? Have you been dragging desktops around all your life when you want to do your computing on the go? Is a full desktop OS too complicated for you? Is the full power of a desktop that is easily carried not convenient enough for you? A tablet may have better battery power, but that's because it's not doing much when compared to a tablet. Not only is my laptop 4 times as powerful than the iPad 2, has 15 times the amount of storage, takes 1 second to log in, and does so much more than an iPad, it was the same price as the lowest tier iPad. You don't even need a brain to see which is better, you could just have a spinal cord and realize that a laptop is the better choice over an over sized cell phone.

21. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

When a customer asks me what will be better for his business a laptop or tablet I have to tell them the truth. A laptop is better for the simple fact that it can do more, you don't want to sell something to a customer that they wont be able to run their business through. A tablet is a great accessory for a laptop if you need to do quick checks and things like that. Many tablets don't even support flash support. What if the business owner has a website that has flash? Like almost every website. Tablets will be able to compete with laptops soon enough but not now. At the moment they are just over-sized smartphones with no cellular voice support.

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Well duh, they're too expensive for what they can actually do. A net book is not only cheaper, it can do more, hold more data and has a full desktop OS in it. Tablets are matching netbooks in performance which is good, but until we see a full desktop OS, they're just over sized smartphones. So there's no need to spend $500+ on something you already have. Tablets are the future, but until we have Windows 7 (or 8) or Mac OS X running on them, they're not worth it. The Dell Inspiron duo is what we need to see more of when it comes to tablets as that's something people would see more useful than an extra large version of their phone.

3. Whit unregistered

Yet again PhoneArena is falling down on the job. It's no surprise that only .3 percent of the world's population owns tablets. We're talking about the whole WORLD, including the billions of people living in poverty, third-world countries or cultures that don't place such a high value on technological innovation. A better statistic, extrapolated from the numbers on that chart, is that about 1 in 5 of the world's Internet users are now using a tablet or smartphone. Wow! But I guess you guys were too busy geeking out over every tabloid piece of fluff you come across to even notice some simple math in your own reposted story.

6. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

In other words, instead of reporting the facts, you think they should report things that confirm how you already feel in order to convince other people to feel the same way. Wow, you're really stupid. Tablets have very little in common with phones, so lumping them in together makes no sense.By the way, your angle is showing...

24. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

And yet, the Galaxy Tab is basically the Galaxy S with a larger screen. Seriously they are VERY similar.

2. Who really needs em' unregistered

I dont see the point of having a tablet...Its like an all in one pc, game console, multi media device, but just fits in the palm of your hand... How am i supposed to carry it around. Just don't see the need.

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I don't think it's about whether one needs a tablet or not. It's about being able to afford the luxuries in life. Do I need to fly first class? Of course not, but if I can easily afford it, why not. It does buy me more comfort than economy class. Same with tablets. Typing, watching movies, photos, and more, just looks better on a tablet than a smartphone, and more convenient than a laptop.

10. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

You need to stop trolling lol. So in other words given all your posts with Apple-fanboyism would mean that you've only purchased their products to gloat about your financial status? What a tool. You need to be trolling forbes, not tech blogs.

1. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

But apple dominates the market, ha ha ha. Yeah, at the beginning when nobody has one. As soon as the big boys get in the market in a significant way, bye bye apple. Just like in computers and every other thing you make. Start off big, and wet themselves watching it whither away....

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