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  • Apple 'Bleeds' 20% of its Tablet Market Share in 4th Quarter


    On Thursday, research firm IDC published the latest findings from its worldwide tablet shipment research. And the results reflect a substantial loss of market share for Apple's iPad during the 4th quarter. Although some reports make it sound as though Apple is "bleeding" market share, it's important to point out that the iPad was largely the only marketable tablet in existence for a massive portion of 2010. With a full slate of competitors and iPad knock-offs now available, the dip in market share doesn't really come as much of a surprise to anyone - including the folks at Apple.

    "Strong holiday sales of media tablets were in line with IDC projections and strong consumer interest in the category while device vendors scrambled to offer products competitive with Apple's iPad and now iPad 2," said Loren Loverde, vice president, Consumer Device Trackers. "Media Tablets are on pace to reach shipments of roughly 50 million units in 2011."

    During the fourth quarter of 2010, Apple's share of the tablet market was 73%. During the third quarter, however, it was 93%. IDC primarily blames the Samsung Galaxy Tab for eating into Apple's market share, as the Galaxy Tab captured a not-too-shabby 17% of shipments in the fourth quarter. Despite the over-dramatized response to Apple's decreased market share, it should be noted that the iPad retained a commanding 83% market share for all of 2010.

    Source: IDC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple 'Bleeds' 20% of its Tablet Market Share in 4th Quarter started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      Only because cheap windows users are gobling up the competitions inferior products just so they can say they have a tablet. Cheap bastards wouldn't know a quality user experience if it bit them in the arse. Why else would anyone settle for the god awful android interface.
      This post was paid for by the committee to elect Steve Jobs as God.
    1. IcerMize's Avatar
      IcerMize -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      Only because cheap windows users are gobling up the competitions inferior products just so they can say they have a tablet. Cheap bastards wouldn't know a quality user experience if it bit them in the arse. Why else would anyone settle for the god awful android interface.
      You are an absolute idiot!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IcerMize View Post
      You are an absolute idiot!
      I understand ppl replying to what he said with their own opinion as long as its not rude or hurtful, but name calling is just uncalled for.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I understand ppl replying to what he said with their own opinion as long as its not rude or hurtful, but name calling is just uncalled for.
      Agreed. Keep it clean fellas
    1. awesomeo4000's Avatar
      awesomeo4000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      Only because cheap windows users are gobling up the competitions inferior products just so they can say they have a tablet. Cheap bastards wouldn't know a quality user experience if it bit them in the arse. Why else would anyone settle for the god awful android interface.
      haha oh wow
      that is dumb

      some prefer android to iOS, get over yourself and apple, fanboyism is retarded
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      20% market share in 1 quarter is a pretty significant number, and it will only get bigger.
      You can always customize or dumb down a Win7 machine to create "quality user experience", but iOS you still can not install programs like Excel etc
      I love how fanboys like to put "cheap" to a more powerful machine simply because it is more cost effective, even call them inferior.
      Have you ever thought about how much you bend over to take Jobs jabs from behind for overprice machines yet you love him for it, doesn't that make you cheap? Best example is you can make a more powerful hackintosh for less than what Apple sells it for, that shows you how much Apple is shoving up your "arse".
      I started using Google Docs more a good portion of my Word and Excel requirements. Does the job for what I need and if I need to do more I have my laptop (PC) at home or work computer (PC) with MS Office on them to do the more advanced stuff. It isn't like I am trying to solve world hunger or cure cancer with the iPad. Plus I like having my stuff in the "Cloud" so I can access it anywhere.

      As for inferior, I think the biggest thing that people are getting at is the materials used for some of the other tabs are not as nice or elegant as the iPad. Plastic cases, stylus input device versus touch screen, the different types of touch screens, battery life, operating system, etc... Not to mention apps that are supported by the operating system. I know iOS isn't perfect and does not always have some of the features that all the users want and that drives them to othe products that run andriod but some of that can be solved by JBing the device (pretty much the same as rooting an android device).

      Trust me I have been looking at a lot of the tabs that are coming out to see which one I want the most and even though I was trying to go for something windows based to basically replace my laptop I know I am going with the iPad 2 because it has what I want.

      1. Clean operating system
      2. Great interface that I am familiar with (I own a iPhone 3G and 4)
      3. Plenty of apps
      4. Best battery length out of all the tablets (this is a big one for me)
      5. Very thin compared to a lot of the competition tablets out there
      6. Front facing camera for Facetime or Skype calls while I am away from home (important when you want to talk to your 2 yr old daughter)
      7. The rest I can take care of with jailbreaking it if I feel like it.

      These are in no specific order.

      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      cheap windows users? why? because we wont pay $2,000 for a laptop that comes with software to enable it to run windows software?

      inferior products? like when apple announces a "next gen" device 6 months after their last? like when apple intentionally withholds features from their devices so they can inflate their sales? like when apple was the first to market the personal computer but now Microsoft owns 90% of the worldwide market?

      quality experience? like having apple tell us how to use OUR devices? like not having control over our own content? like not being able sync to another computer without loosing your photos and play lists? like have to Jailbreak your phone just to gain basic functions that the phone should have had in the first place?
      quality experience like buying a device that was designed (intentionally) to be obsolete in 6 months?

      I guess you dont know that Samsung makes 60% of all parts in apple's computers.
      And what exactly does rooting an android device do for the phone? Put an option on the phone that wasn't there before from the manufacturer or change something that the manufacturer put on the phone but you didn't like it that way.

      So the difference between jailbreaking an iDevice and rooting an android device would be exactly what???
    1. IcerMize's Avatar
      IcerMize -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I understand ppl replying to what he said with their own opinion as long as its not rude or hurtful, but name calling is just uncalled for.
      Perhaps you did not find anything rude or hurtful in the post I quoted, I haven't seen you comment as such, but I certainly did.
      I apologize to you and others that find my post offensive, but I stand by my opinion.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      all this reporting about how apple is losing its stronghold on the smartphone and tablet markets is comeplete incoherency and a gross negligence on the statistics used to calculate this "loss" in market share. Apple = 3 places to buy the iPhone and iPad (apple.com, verizon and at&t). Android = some 100 knock offs located at k-marts around the world with signs boasting "own an android tablet for 150$" not to mention that the only android boasting anything better than froyo 2.2 is the honeycomb enhanced motorola xoom. I like the xoom. but i don't like the $$ you gotta shell out. I LOVE the iPad2, but why should i buy it with all the restrictions that apple puts on them (without jb)??
      best bang for your android $$ - Archos 101 internet tablet. while only utilizing the Froyo 2.2 android platform, YOU CAN ADD SD CARDS!!! OMG!!
      as susan powter once said "STOP THE INSANITY!"
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottw03 View Post
      I started using Google Docs more a good portion of my Word and Excel requirements. Does the job for what I need and if I need to do more I have my laptop (PC) at home or work computer (PC) with MS Office on them to do the more advanced stuff. It isn't like I am trying to solve world hunger or cure cancer with the iPad. Plus I like having my stuff in the "Cloud" so I can access it anywhere.
      You do realize that many buildings (especially tall metal and concrete buildings) interfere with Wifi/3G/etc reception, so you can not use Google Docs for it. Also you are limited to apps Apple allow you to have, last I check I paid for this iPad not Apple(well company did but I use it). Unfortunately "Cloud" does not work everywhere, therefore it is better to have program installed.
      For an example: I created an excel file to customize inventory count in the warehouse, our warehouse gets absolutely no reception in many parts of the building because of all the metal fixtures etc. I put the setup on the Dell tablet/netbook, it was so simplified that anyone can use it. The time it took to finish inventory it paid for the computer itself plus my time working on the program in just 1 use.
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by iclueless View Post
      it's like buying an alpha romeo: You know it is not the best value for money but there is just something about it...
      rofllllll!!!
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      You do realize that many buildings (especially tall metal and concrete buildings) interfere with Wifi/3G/etc reception, so you can not use Google Docs for it. Also you are limited to apps Apple allow you to have, last I check I paid for this iPad not Apple(well company did but I use it). Unfortunately "Cloud" does not work everywhere, therefore it is better to have program installed.
      For an example: I created an excel file to customize inventory count in the warehouse, our warehouse gets absolutely no reception in many parts of the building because of all the metal fixtures etc. I put the setup on the Dell tablet/netbook, it was so simplified that anyone can use it. The time it took to finish inventory it paid for the computer itself plus my time working on the program in just 1 use.
      Well it isn't for everyone and if not there are alternatives out there for you to use. They may be better for work related type things. Most of the time I have access to the stuff I need to use so for me the iPad would work find. If I am inside and don't have wifi or 3G coverage I am probably at my desk computer. If I am at home I have wifi, if I am out I have 3G. So for my needs it would meet them 90% of the time if not more.

      I am not saying not to use anything but the iPad, just saying there are ways around it if you need it. If an iPad alternative tablet works better for you then by all means go with it.