Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever

Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time everGawd, it’s all doom and gloom at the moment, eh? Samsung is having a rough time at the top, and HTC continues to struggle.

Now we’re turning the spotlight on “tablet PCs”, and hearing that shipments in Q1 2014 were less than those recorded 365 days prior – the first time that’s ever happened in tablet land.

NPD DisplaySearch has fired out a meaty report including graphs plural, with the headline again being: Quarterly Shipments Fall for the First Time.

Fifty-six million is a heck of a lot of tablets, but doesn’t cut the proverbial mustard compared to Q1 2013, when, er, more than 56 million tablets were shipped.

Blame is partially attributed to the rising size of smartphones. Logically, if you own a 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 3, what the hell would you need a 7in Google Nexus 7 for?

It’s also suggested that the replacement cycle for tablets is increasing, something Samsung moaned about the other day, too.

Ultimately, NPD has lowered its tablet forecast for 2014 to 285 million, and in future, we can supposedly expect larger form factors to become the norm, with tablets at 11in and above accounting for more than 10% of the market come 2018.

Apple bowed to the small tablet pressure in 2012, releasing the ‘tweener-size iPad mini, but more recently we’ve been told to brace for a big massive 12.9in iPad Pro.

Samsung, of course, already has the 12.2in Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 10, 2014 at 16:03

Many Irish schools reversed to real books. And on a personal level: I know a few iPad users, but the Android owners all say their tabs spend most time in the box.

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 11, 2014 at 12:19

I use my iPad every day, my father has a Samsung tablet of some design and only ever uses it to watch movies on a flight, the rest of the time it resides in his bottom drawer unused.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 12:25

Yes, I frequently use my BH's iPad for some quick photo editing, eBooks etc

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 23:07

I still don't see how any tablet is better than my laptop. I've used several, none have replaced my ageing Acer laptop and I don't think any ever will; it'll be replaced with a business class laptop.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 12, 2014 at 06:41

Yes, matt....
I don't think my 'laptop' will go anywhere because of an iPad or tablet.
Too many things are still not possible on tablets.

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