Tablets are the hottest consumer electronics category in the US at the moment

Tablets are the hottest consumer electronics category in the US at the moment
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has come up with a new study that has found out which are the most sought after consumer electronics categories in the US this year.

According to the results of the study, tablet computers are currently holding the top spot as the hottest consumer electronics commodity in the States. The household penetration rate of tablets has increased by 17% year-over-year, while that of smartphones has increased by 12 %. Currently, the overall penetration rate of smartphones sits at about 58%, that of tablets is at 39%, claims Kevin Tillman, senior research analyst, market research, CEA.

OK, so this data didn't really catch us by surprise, but can you guess which are the device types that are following tablets and smartphones? Third place goes to e-readers, while fourth is for wireless mobile hotspots. the CEA notes that this is actually the first year when the top four positions are taken by mobile devices.

Let's see how many of you, guys, own a tablet! What model do you have?

source: CEA via AndroidAuthority



1. poopApple

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

its obvious...tablets are a joy to use.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I bought a tablet for 120 $, a nextbook premium 7. It is merely a backup device that I never use. For me, I don't see the point in buying an expensive tablet anyway, since I will sell my high end phone and get a high end phablet, most likely a Galaxy Note 3, when it comes out.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..just to correct, it's a Premium 7SE with ICS, not the old Premium 7..just checked it again, lol. It's not a bad product actually. I tried things like playing Dead trigger and Real Racing 3 on it, and to my amazement it works fairly smoothly. For the price, can't ask for more

3. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

BB Playbook. Waiting on a 7-8" Win8 Pro or RT model at a good price.

4. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I have the Nexus 7. Hands down the best bang for the buck on the market!

5. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Yup! I agree the Nexus 7 is the best bang for the buck!

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i definitely agree that the Nexus 7 is the most bang for the buck. I have the 32GB version and i love it. The best thing about the Nexus 7 is that it will receive most if not all of the android OS updates like Key Lime Pie and those that follow after it. I dont have to deal with the manufacturer's software because this is a PURE android tablet!! PLUS, im not paying $400+ for a tablet that can do what this one can

12. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

But I can't live without expandable storage...

7. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I now use my Nexus 7 more than my ipad!!

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

This is my opinion and not my take on the whole world. But I've owned 5 tablets total so far, and honestly with all the lust associated with obtaining large touchscreen devices I've noticed that every tablet I've owned has taken back seat to whatever I'm using as my primary smartphone at that time. Currently my GS3 sits at about 99% use time relative to my tablets getting used about 1% of the time collectively that I'm interacting with an Internet connected device. I think the main reason is because my phone is always in my pocket and I go no where without it. The convenience of having my smart phone in my pocket becomes a twofold problem for my tablet ownership and usage. #1 There is the issue where I have to go out of my way to get my tablet in order to use it; #2 my smartphone becomes my most familiar user interface, so no matter what I'm doing I am use to wear icon location is. Larger tablet screens mean more icon space which also leads to different icon placement. So everytime I go to use my tablet I have to seek out the shortcut I'm looking for instead of using muscle memory to naturally go towards my icon desired. I love tablets in general as an electronic and everytime a new one comes out I consider purchasing it. Then it dawns on me about how my other tablets sit unused collecting dust so often. So I change my mind and look to what the newest smartphones are because I naturally would use that the most. Right now my eyes are drawn towards upgrading to a Galaxy Note 2 or possibly Optimus G pro. I don't know which option I will go with. What do you guys think?

10. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If you want the best Phone/tablet combination, go with the Note 2. The Note 2 is one of the best smartphones on the market and has been for almost 6 months. I have the GS3 as well and I like it. The Note 2 was too expensive at the time I was eligible to upgrade. The Note 2 WOULD make you not use the tablet you currently have (if you have one) more often. Most people have smartphones because they're on the go, but I like to use my Nexus 7 tablet to avoid using the GS3 ALL the time. Depending on your carrier, the Note 2 is the best phone/tablet combo to have right now. Id figure that I can upgrade to the Note 2 or 3 when Im eligible up grade later this year or next year anyway

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agree. This reminds me of Blackberry. You'd use the Playbook more due to some features (apps) available only to the tablet.

14. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

for me I use my tablet more for all my data consumption and I bring a bar phone for calls and text. I have a smart phone but everytime I bring it I think about the battery and always save it for communication use so I stopped using it.

11. FlushGordon unregistered

Why is a Windows RT pictured in there?

15. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have the Sony Xperia Tablet S 64gb, I also have a Surface Pro and an iPad 4. I use the Xperia Tablet the most though....

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