Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Jan 2013 15:42 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "In December, the Google Nexus made by Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. accounted for 44.4% of all tablet sales by volume electronics retailers. That's according to a survey of 2,400 stores nationwide by market research firm BCN Inc., released Wednesday. Google's figure beat Apple's 40.1% share, dethroning the iPad for the first time since it went on sale in May 2010." Just as I and many others with me predicted, what happened in the smartphone market will also happen in the tablet market: Android will take the numbers, iOS will take the figures (i.e., profit). As far as I know, this is the first time this has actually materialised fully in a market, though. Also, while it was inevitable that Android would overtake iOS on tablets (even if it is just a single country, for now), I don't think anyone predicted it would be a single model? Colour me impressed (which is pink).
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RE[4]: Some context
by Nelson on Sat 19th Jan 2013 06:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Some context"
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However, Google are the ones who rapidly improve their products. Apple have been sitting and marketing minor adjustments.

That's interesting. I find iOS to be an infinitely more consistent and pleasing ecosystem to use. Things just work. Apps are just there.

On Android, things might work, and apps might be there if your phone/tablet is the right model. Also performance can be all over the map.

The ipad mini is rubbish compared to the other mini tablets out here, yet costs more.
Sure, they could up the resolution and the CPU, but then they would need to charge even more to keep their obscene margins, which is not really marketable to intelligent users when the alternatives already offer superior hardware and software at a lower price point.

Did Apple have to charge more to keep the iPad's margins when they upped its CPU and resolution? Apple has the best supply chain set up in the world, their economy of scale and content subsidization makes them more than capable of differentiating on spec.

If anything, no non-Apple OEM save for maybe Microsoft with the Surface has been able to use something other than mediocre build quality.

I wouldn't bet against Apple being able to out-maneuver other OEMs when it comes to manufacturing and build quality. They can make a better looking and feeling tablet and still stay at the price they need to be at. That, and their ecosystem, is how they'll win.

Your only argument is that the ipad apps are somehow compelling, and that there are people who prefer ios.
Apple's build quality is relatively nice, but I prefer that of Samsung and Asus, so it's not an apple-specific advantage.

I have yet to see any app on the ipad which would make the mini worthwhile. Everything there is either useless bling, or would work far better on the larger version.

I don't think you not seeing use in something means that use is not there. In fact, I'm convinced your wrong. The Android ecosystem, especially for tablets, doesn't compare to the iPad ecosystem. Its not even remotely close.

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