iPad's tablet stranglehold as tight as ever

iPad's tablet stranglehold as tight as everWhen Apple first announced the iPad in early 2010, it managed to forge a new device niche between netbooks and smartphones where few people thought there was space for one.

Impressive stuff, but arguably more impressive is the fact that two years later it's still the only option worth considering for three out of four prospective tablet buyers.

The iPad's initial success caught the mobile industry completely by surprise, but it didn't take long for Apple's rivals to respond as they looked to stake a claim in a fast-growing new market.

But while the tablet market has indeed grown considerably over the past 24 months, it's the iPad itself and not the competition that has done most of the growing.

And there's no sign of it slowing down, either. A recent ChangeWave survey in the US found that 73% of consumers looking to buy a tablet in the next 90 days wanted one with an Apple logo round the back.

“That’s down a bit from the extraordinary demand levels seen at the time of the March new iPad launch,” ChangeWave's report reads, “it’s a clear sign that Apple’s massive domination of the market is continuing going forward.”

It leaves literally hundreds of rival devices fighting over just a quarter of the tablet pie, which means an awful lot of them are going hungry. It gets worse, though: despite the flood of new tablets that have launched over the past 18 months, more than half of the 27% of respondents not swayed by the iPad split their affections between just two alternatives: the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

And now, of course, Windows 8 is touching down too, which will add dozens more tablets to the melting pot. On this evidence they're going to have to be pretty special to even get a look in.

Via BGR

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 6, 2012 at 10:19

And yes... it is the only option. Alternative? Don't get a tab.
Now, kindly bite me :p

mrew42  Jun. 7, 2012 at 10:45

OK Jan I'll bite.
"The only option" is far to narrow a view on what a tablet can do.
Now that i've got my ipad I can speak with certainty on MY usage and to hell with everyone else.....
Anyway, iPad - great build quality, great battery life, super smooth, brilliant display.
Archos 70b internet tablet - reasonable build quality, reasonable batter life, pretty smooth, good display.
I read a hell of a lot and the Archos blows the ipad away for reading due to its size (7") and weight advantage. The ipad gets very heavy after not long at all. There's not much so far that i've found on the iPad that I can't do with the Archos. That includes connecting to my TV to view moveis/videos etc, It does BBC iPlayer, Draw something, Angry Birds, Temple run etc every bit as good as the ipad can, in a smaller cheaper form. Now this isn't the Android fanboi in me bleating, this is my genuine opinion as i'm pretty open to Apple tech - I've had an iPod for years. Once thing that the ipad can't do of course (without jailbreaking etc) is Flash. Now comparing the relevant prices £330 for the ipad vs £150 for the Archos (ok perhaps another £18 for the 32gb sd card :P) I think it's every bit as capable, usable and can make a very sensible alternative to someone without deep pockets intent on supporting the Apple share price (oh oh fanboi time) and buying into the iOS 'ecosystem'. :)
I'm open to questions over this but given what I currently have in front of me I would happily pay for a cheaper android tab and would still baulk at paying as much as the iPad currently goes for. perhaps if i were to eventually replace my Laptop, then perhaps....

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2012 at 11:00

Hahaha...

You are totally right, of course ;)

It really is down to just ONE question: what do you want to do with 'it' - whatever 'it' may be.
Of course: use one of the many excellent iOS photo editor apps, or Garageband or RockMate, Thumbjam etc etc etc...and Android no longer is an option.
But hey, for loads of uses it is

mrew42  Jun. 7, 2012 at 11:26

And funnily enough I have been looking at the photo editor stuff... potentially very useful.
:)

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 7, 2012 at 11:36

Some good stuff.
I don't necessarily mean the big do-it-all editors. There are lovely one trick ponies.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 11:29

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