Best Android Tablets 2011
October 22, 2011 by staff
Best Android Tablets 2011, Android tablets are rapidly eating into the market share of Apple iPad, with 26.9 percent of the tablets shipped in the third quarter with the Google mobile operating system.
A Strategy Analytics report published on Friday suggests that 4.5 million tablets use Android Android shipped last quarter, while 11.1 million are managed by the Apple IOS platform. The tablet market is up 280 percent from a year ago, showing no signs of a slowdown in the short term, Fierce Wireless notes.
Reports like this are a win for the field of Android. However, while I respect the work done by Strategy Analytics, I’m not sure the report is significant. Aspects of these comparisons are open to considerable interpretation.
First is the definition of market share compared to tablets sold off the tablets sent. Apple’s figures are the tablets sold, which does not include sitting in the shops tablets, the tablets on the way to the shops, or tablets sit in a warehouse. By comparison, the figures are the number of Android shipping tablets, so that devices have to sit in the shops. They should not register for market share.
The figure is not far from the 4.5 million Android tablets that sends Strategy Analytics reports for the last quarter. Ideally, we would have to see a quarterly figure of the new Android activations to further refine this method. Enabled devices sold, not only send, so it provides a better measure of actual sales and thus market share.
Assuming that Android tablet sales are increasing dramatically, I’m not sure I understand why. What has changed from the previous quarter of these devices? Not much, apart from some small updates to the platform to address a tablet operating system had been brought to market. Apart from some price drops, I do not see why consumers suddenly buy Android tablets. That’s not to say that I consider that the iPad tablet best for everyone, I’m just trying to understand the market share numbers.
Despite the report from Strategy Analytics, perhaps the best indicator that the tablets are actually selling is to see what people are using. I have taken four trips cross country last month and I have been away from home in my local area. In all my travels, be aware that mobile devices are being used. Vi iPads, smartphones and laptops, but other than my own Tab 7-inch Samsung Galaxy, not a single tablet of Android. Maybe I’m traveling with the wrong people.
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