Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Aug 2013 11:24 UTC, submitted by Sameer Singh
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Android tablets browsing share is still relatively low in Europe, but very strong in Asia. Despite the iPad's head start in the market, Android's tablet browsing share has nearly matched the iPad in Asia. More importantly, the overall trend is sharply in favor of Android tablets, which supports the strong shipment performance over the past few quarters.

Good analysis. Sameer Singh compares the growth trend of Android tablets to that of Android smartphones in the past, and it shows that Android tablet usage is actually growing faster than Android smartphone usage did in the past.

At this point, nothing seems to be able to stop Android's total and utter dominance. Not Apple, not Microsoft. Scary.

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by shotsman on Sat 10th Aug 2013 18:31 UTC in reply to "..."
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Member since:
2005-07-22

It is those cheap Android crap tablets that are giving the whole Android tablets range a bad name.

My Cousin bought one of them and complained that it could'nt display HD movies despite the tech blurb saying that it could.

After digging, I found that it could but only if connected to a full HD display. Look at the same movie on the device itself and it was crap.

Frankly a lot of the cheap tablets suffer from the same problem as cheap laptops. viz, 1366x768 displays (or the 16:9 equivalent for tablets).
Once you get a decent display things look up a lot.

You get what you pay for but in these times there are a lot of people who can't afford to pay for something decent and get put off by the crap device they can afford.

Edited 2013-08-10 18:31 UTC

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by bert64 on Sat 10th Aug 2013 19:32 in reply to "RE: ..."
bert64 Member since:
2007-04-23

I have a friend who bought a nexus 7 and was thrilled with it, and then sometime later was given a cheap lowend android tablet for free which he hated.
His comment was if that the cheap tablet had been his first experience of android it likely would have soured him against android, but that having used the nexus device he now knows what android devices can be like and thus recognises the cheap tablet for what it is.

Microsoft have always been in the same boat, the reputation of windows has always been made worse by unstable lowend hardware, poor drivers, poor third party software etc. MS also however used it as an excuse, as in many cases hardware which was terribly unstable under windows ran reliably if you put linux on it.

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by zlynx on Sun 11th Aug 2013 02:13 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

Windows 95, 98 and ME could be quite unstable although I do think a lot of that was drivers.

For everything in the Windows NT line I definitely blame the drivers for any instability. My home-built Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7 machines have always been very stable, probably because I never put any weird or cheap hardware in them.

Linux has had its problems getting driver information but when drivers are written the Linux drivers do a really good job.

With Windows hardware I sometimes think the drivers were written by contractors with no interest in a good job beyond getting paid. I once had a laptop whose Windows WiFI driver would crash if more than 1 GB of RAM was installed. It ran fine with the Linux driver though.

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by bassbeast on Sun 11th Aug 2013 06:40 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Uhhh I haven't seen that in the shop for years, last one was the whole Vista debacle and that can be blamed squarely on Ballmer having the driver model altered not 5 months before release to please Intel, the so called "Vista Capable" mess. But if you skipped Vista which the vast majority did? Windows has been pretty damned stable, more stable than Linux in my experience.

With Android i don't think its the cost so much as these devices simply can't run the latest and greatest which will probably end up making for a security nightmare in the future. In my area the two biggest sellers are the straight talk phones ($45 a month unlimited) and the $100 Android tablets and having tried out both? They...well they run pretty damned nicely actually.

Unlike the first cheapies the screens are responsive, gets decent battery life, apps fire up quickly, decent cameras, all in all not a bad experience but you'll never be able to update past 2.3 because I seriously doubt those 800Mhz SOCs and 512Mb of RAM would run ICS very well, but I certainly wouldn't call them a bad experience.

All in all I'd say if you do a little shopping many of the cheapie Android devices are just fine for your basic tasks, in fact i liked the LG slider enough that I ended up getting one for myself and I have to say for someone who isn't trying to live on the phone it works just fine, a hell of a lot better experience than I get having to fix the mess that is Win 8.

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by ilovebeer on Mon 12th Aug 2013 05:10 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Microsoft have always been in the same boat, the reputation of windows has always been made worse by unstable lowend hardware, poor drivers, poor third party software etc. MS also however used it as an excuse, as in many cases hardware which was terribly unstable under windows ran reliably if you put linux on it.

Most of the time an unstable system IS due to crap hardware or crap drivers so it's hardly an excuse -- it's reality. It's rarely the OS at fault. If hardware is unstable in Windows but stable in Linux, it's almost a certainty the issue is a bad Windows driver. And then it's unlikely the driver was written by Microsoft. So yes, Microsoft & Windows are constantly getting blamed for things that aren't their fault.

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by Lennie on Sun 11th Aug 2013 22:35 in reply to "RE: ..."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

It is those cheap Android crap tablets that are giving the whole Android tablets range a bad name.


And the same thing was said about the cheap Android smartphones.

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