I’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.