There are always plenty of stats knocking about the place, and some are more reliable than others.
But some have less to do with the specifics than with the general point, and here's a perfect example: according to ABI Research, iPad owners – both of the original and of the iPad 2 – have downloaded three billion apps in total to date, compared to just 440 million from all Android tablets combined.
That's nearly seven to one, to save you doing the maths, which is a pretty serious statement considering you're comparing precisely two devices versus... well, who the hell really knows any more?
More on Android in a minute, but there's another snippet of info to mull over here too, and that's that if true it means roughly one in five iOS app downloads have been to the iPad.
If nothing else, that makes a pretty massive statement about just how successful the iPad has been, and more specifically just how true it is that an iOS app is (almost) equally at home on the iPad and the iPhone.
Looking closer at the figures, though, ABI says the Android figure excludes figures from titles specifically intended for smartphones – though that's just the flipside of the same point, really.
Either way it shows just how badly Android needs to move on from the Gingerbread/Honeycomb era, which stopped a huge quantity of existing apps from working properly on tablets.
“Many Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of Android,” ABI Research associate Lim Shiyang says, “which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.”
Once again it shows just how big a deal Ice Cream Sandwich is for Android's long-term chances as a real alternative to the Apple way when it comes to tablets.