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: Some context
by rklrkl on Sat 19th Jan 2013 13:38 UTC in reply to "Some context"
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> Give the iPad Mini some time to prove itself before we pop the corks on the champagne, because this is just one region.

The iPad Mini was overpriced on launch and the 4:3 screen means you can't play widescreen HD movies on it at 720p resolution. I expected the first to happen as it always does with Apple, but I was quite surprised about the 2nd. I would suggest people wait for the inevitable iPad Mini 2, which surely will come with a retina display.

> On price, in the same feature spec, nothing matches the iPad.

I think my Nexus 10 would beg to differ. It beats the iPad 4 in virtually every hardware spec - with only the GPU being edged out in some benchmarks. It's also noticeably cheaper than an iPad 4 too. I would also argue the Nexus 7 at the very least matches the iPad Mini in hardware specs and easily beats it in screen resolution for a much cheaper price.

You can argue the merits of iOS 6 vs. Android 4.2 of course - until Android 4, I might have given iOS a slight lead in the user interface, but having seen iOS 6 for a few hours vs. the 4.2.1 on the Nexus 7 and 10, I think Android is now ahead. If you like to customise the behaviour of your phone or tablet, Android wins hands down (even more so if you put a custom ROM on it).

> I'm still unconvinced that this is purely a price war, I think people are still willing to pay a premium for a quality ecosystem and a consistent experience.

Up to a point. When some Apple devices cost 50-100% more for the same (or sometimes worse) hardware spec, that price gulf is getting quite hard to justify, especially when Google has been the one innovating with Android in the last couple of years, whereas iOS seems to have stood still (or got worse in the case of Maps!).

> Can the Nexus 7 (without the seasonality boost) maintain this pace?

The thing I like about the Nexus 7 distribution is that it was available - in the UK at least - from many online and offline retailers from day one. Google have stupidly not done the same with the Nexus 4 and 10 though - in the UK, it seems that the Google Play store is the only place you can get them (without tying in a contract) and they are out of stock 99% of the time.

Things are so bad for the Nexus 4 and 10 that someone's even put an availabity checker app on the Google Play store just for Nexus devices:

It's a real shame about the Nexus 10 in particular - it's a stonkingly good tablet that is very much a premium device at a reasonable (though by no means cheap) price.

When the retina display came out on the iPad, it was the first piece of hardware with iOS on it that I was actually impressed with from Apple. It innovated where no rivals had gone and for a year or so stood out as the one seriously desirable feature of the iPad.

Now, Google/Samsung have beaten it with the Nexus 10's display, so where's the next hardware innovation from Apple coming from? Not heard anything in the rumour mill yet and 1080p Android phones are starting to appear now...

Edited 2013-01-19 13:39 UTC

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