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TechWatch: Tablet computers still bucking the trend in 2013

by Simon Lazarus
6 May, 2013
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In spite of the head honcho from BlackBerry predicting a tablet Armageddon by 2018, it seems these devices are still hogging the limelight.

According to recent figures from research company IDC, the number of shipments has actually grown dramatically in the first quarter of this year by more than 142%.

This is in comparison to the previous 12 months but other reports also reveal that there were more sales between January and March this year than the whole of the first 6 months in 2012.

This just goes to show that consumers around the world have a thirst for this particular gizmo. So who leads the race at present?

Well there are no surprises hear dear friends, as the good men at Apple are munching their way through a large portion of the market with a near 40% stake.

This has come in spite of the fact that the BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins believes that tablet devices will become obsolete in the next five years.

Thorsten Heins, CEO BlackBerry

Thorsten Heins

 

However the stats don’t lie. IDC have revealed that nearly a whopping 50 million tablets were shipped in the first three months of 2013.

Of those 50 million, the iPad was responsible for nearly 20 million of those products. When it comes to comparing the figures from last year, this is an improvement of more than 7.5 million tablets.

iPad Mini

iPad mini

A spokesman from IDC added; “Sustained demand for the iPad Mini and increasingly strong commercial shipments led to a better-than expected first quarter for Apple. By moving the iPad launch to the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple seems to have avoided the typical first-quarter slowdown that traditionally occurred when consumers held off buying in January and February in anticipation of a new product launch in March.”

We have all read (well most of us tech addicts anyway!) of the recent loss by Apple Corp which has been a blow to the brand. However this does not detract from the overall impact they have made on the tablet sector despite tiny profits on their 7 inch devices.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung also proved to be a winner in the tablet arena with nearly 9 million tablets shipped with the company accounting for a near 18% share of the sector.

Thanks to the overwhelming failure of the Playbook at the end of 2011, the boys from BlackBerry have decided to concentrate on other areas.

This includes placing emphasis on its new collection touch screen phones such as the Z10 which seem to be pulling in the punters.

In this way, it would be foolish to put tablets to bed for the time being as IDC added; “With growth fuelled by increased market demand for smaller screen devices, tablets have shown no signs of slowing down.”

This features the latest Windows based tablets from the Microsoft stable that has been making steady progress with nearly one million units shipped between January and March this year.

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Simon is a published journalist in the UK, US and Europe on a range of topics and currently has a number of clients in different sectors for whom he produces content on a weekly basis. Topics include travel, property, food, lifestyle, finance, hi-tech and business.

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