With approximately 25 million units sold worldwide, the iPad owns 97 percent of the US tablet marketplace, and there is no clear second place, according to a new service from comScore, Inc. The service is called Device Essentials, and it reports on digital traffic by device, including computers, mobile phones, tablets, music players, e-readers, gaming devices, and other web-enabled devices. Though (so far) the iPad is clearly the tablet leader, some of the numbers reported by comScore were simply staggering.
If we ever needed proof that the iPad 2's high resolution display is impressive, Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate has released another one of his very thorough display shootouts. This time, Dr. Soneira is comparing tablet displays and -- surprise, surprise -- the iPad 2 is the one to come out on top.
Apple's iPad has undoubtedly remained the darling of the tablet market, a device with such continued high demand, that shipping times still stand at 1-2 weeks at the online Apple Store. Due to this success, it has left Apple executives believing that the tablet market will soon surpass PCs.
The tablet wars are heating up, but Apple may have already won. It’s a jungle out there, but with three-quarters of the worldwide tablet market captured, the iPad rules as the 800-pound gorilla.
Not that its competitors aren’t trying. And not that the iPad 2 has superior hardware. It doesn’t. Take display tech, for example. At 132 pixels per inch, the iPad 2’s touchscreen is less detailed than those of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, RIM BlackBerry PlayBook (both 170ppi), and Motorola Xoom (150ppi).
There’s a new tablet coming on April 19 with a familiar pricing matrix: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. But this isn’t a new iPad -- it’s Research in Motion’s long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook, a seven-inch tablet which intends to go toe-to-toe with both Apple and a slew of Android-based slates.
We’re still a couple of days from the release of Apple’s new iPad 2, but already analysts are speculating the refreshed tablet will be nothing but trouble for Cupertino’s rivals, who may go from playing catch-up to bursting the bubble on competition.
As we all wait to see what Apple will unveil in San Francisco at 10am PST Wednesday, there’s some interesting data just released which shows that most consumers don’t care as much about a second-generation iPad as they do just spending less money on an existing one.
It’s no secret that Apple’s iPad dominates the fledgling tablet market, although Samsung had other plans that didn’t quite work out when they released their Galaxy Tab late last year. Now, Samsung is back at Mobile World Congress with a more worthy followup.
This week on TechRadar, an online crime map of the UK went live, and soon crashed under the weight of traffic, while a new PS3 update had some people criticising Sony for building in a backdoor that enables remote control of your console.
Also on TechRadar we took a look at how the Motorola Xoom and PlayBook stack up against the iPad and updated our Android 3.0 article with a whole load of new features that are coming to the OS.
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