According to research firm Strategy Analytics (SA), Apple dominated the tablet marketshare with its iPad from the July-Sept quarter, with an unprecedented 95% control.
Android OS tablets controlled only 2.3% in Q3, but with new offerings coming in the pipeline this could change (such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab). RIM has their PlayBook to come, along with Dell’s Streak. Competition is going to heat up, but I don’t think these companies will match the quality and ease of use of Apple’s iPad.
“The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business,” said SA analyst Neil Mawston.
“We expect Android’s share to rise in the fourth quarter as more models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, enter the market,” the researcher said.
Early reviews have come in for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. TechRadar hated it, while Engadget enjoyed it. Go figure. Consumers will determine if the Tab is worthy or not, although it is pricier than the iPad. One thing is for sure, competitors have a pretty steep mountain to climb.
What do you think will happen in the next 12 months in the tablet industry?
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