Tablet growth slows, still selling bucket loads

Tablet growth slows, still selling bucket loadsI’m still not entirely sure why anyone would want a tablet, especially those with a decent smartphone and laptop. However, a fairly significant 18.7 million people disagreed with me and purr-chased a tablet in Q3. Meow.

The Q3 volumes are up all round on Q2, however growth rates are down across the board.

That 18.7 million total sounds quite impressive, and it’s up 27.5% from the previous quarter, however the Q1-Q2 growth rate was 60.9%. Digitimes’ James Wong attributes the decline to the weakening global economy.

Even Apple failed to meet its forecast, selling a paltry (ahem) 13 million units compared to 9.5 million in Q2.

Non-iPads didn’t fare too well. The Q3 volume was up, but only by a 10.1% slither to 5.7 million. Wong reckons many manufacturers are suffering from high inventory issues.

Am I the only one who’s still not convinced by tablets? I would’ve probably picked up an Amazon Kindle Fire, but otherwise… meh.

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matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 19:07

I’m still not entirely sure why anyone would want a tablet, especially those with a decent smartphone and laptop.

HP TouchPad for £89? That convinced me to buy a tablet ;)

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 19:27

i agree with matt. what devs need is to lower prices... if we started to see phones coming in at 250 like that viewsonic tablet i recon we would see alot more sales... as it can be useful to keep kids happy watching tv on trips or people on trains etc.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 19:58

i agree with matt.

BLOODY HELL....that's the first time those words have ever escaped your keyboard haha :D!



On a slightly more serious note, my TouchPad (now running Android), is very fast and nice to use, great for browsing the web, checking emails, playing a few games, whilst watching TV, for example. Tablets are great, it's just the price tag that isn't. £400-500 for a computer with no keyboard and no HDD...sod off :p.

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 20:00

Matt101101 the person i was agreeing with has had his comment deleted :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 20:14

Not possible on Mobot ;)

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 20:17

it is :p if a mod deletes it :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 20:24

Jan's plotting with you again, eh ;)?

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 20:26

always never trust a woman matty boy ;)

Fields25  Oct. 19, 2011 at 22:19

Am I the only one who’s still not convinced by tablets?

Nope, i'm with you on that one.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 22:33

Nope, i'm with you on that one.

Even for an £89 TouchPad? You're not convinced about Tabs, or not convinced on the price...on the basis: "everything has a price".

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 22:44

I do think there is a proper place for tablets... i.e. on a train where i want to watch a movie...

whilst walking to a presentation and talking yourself through the presentation...

i do actually think tabs have a personal and business application... and to ignore their purpose is naive...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 22:59

Twice in one day, Treab, we agree :p.

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 23:03

http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/1011/i-feel-sick-puke-demotivational-poster-1289678042.jpg

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 23:05

^ That's, "dog".

Stelph  Oct. 20, 2011 at 07:56

I also agree, I've owned several tablets but each time I've had one I've either reached for my smartphone (for ease of use, especially if the keyboard is being used) or laptop so in every case, including when I had an iPad, I've then sold it. Seems to be one of those devices you just desire (cause I still do!)

Mat101101 - but thetouchpad isn't really a fair example as that was sold in a huge fire sale where the manufacturer made a huge loss (plus I didn't get one :( ) doubt any other tablet will get anywhere near that price, in fact the closest will prov be the kindle fire at twice the price

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 20, 2011 at 08:37

Stelph, my point was that the TouchPad sold at a (more than), reasonable price and therefore flew off the shelves, literally faster than anyone could keep up, proving that it's not the concept of the tablets themselves that's flawed, but the huge price tag that's usually attached to them, I mean £400+ for a toy...

Obviously no tablet with that amount of power, from such a reputable brand name, will get that cheap for a few years yet (unless the PlayBook finally gives up and dies, though the reputability of RIM after last week is questionable), but it proves there's a demand, at the right price.

The TouchPad probably would have sold just as well if it was £189 (still under half the price of the equivalent iPad 2) , never mind just £89.

Fields25  Oct. 20, 2011 at 08:44

Yeah, I missed the boat on the touchpad fire sale. I had a look but dont think i would have bothered anyway. I havent yet found myself thinking "If only I had a tablet right now" at any point. A mate of mine got hold of a touchpad but told me he's barely used it.

Stelph  Oct. 20, 2011 at 11:36

Can Mobot set the filter to remove touch*ad from peoples posts? Seriously its causing me actual anguish every time its mentioned :(

@Matt101101 fair point, but im not so sure it would have sold quite as well at £189, there were quite a few places that sold at around £200 but they had their stock for a lot longer than places at £89, that particular sale was a one off. However I do agree that manufacturers are shooting themselves in the foot by thinking they can charge the same amount as apple for an android tablet, it just wont happen. As mentioned before, the Kindle Fire isnt actually a threat to iPad in the slightest, its a huge threat to every other tablet out there

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