In 2011 Gartner predicted that by 2015, tablet sales would reach 300M annually, with half of those being iPads. IDC says that in 2015, 207M tablets were sold, and 50M of those were iPads. (So Gartner was quite a bit off on those numbers.) This re/code story says that the problem is phones.
As the owner of an iPad 2, I agree with this Business Insider article that shows stats where people keep their old iPads forever. As they state, iPads are “largely consumption devices designed to stream videos and browse the web and social media, and those tasks don't need the latest and fastest specs to work well.”
In fact, because there is no “stickiness” to using an iPad, I bought a Nexus 9 in January rather than buying the latest iPad.
I have no idea why this works, but if I throw/slide my Google Nexus 9 tablet onto my old iPad 2, the iPad wakes up and logs in automatically. You can see it happen in this 30-second video:
I’m not touching any iPad buttons when this happens. My guess is that the iPad 2 thinks that I just removed a magnetic cover, but really, I have no idea why it does this.
Some times to understand good design, you have to see examples of what not to do. I have no idea what ESPN is thinking with this dark background and small font when their content is displayed on an iPad.
Summary of my Acer Iconia A100 tablet review: The Iconia A100 is probably the best tablet available for Android Honeycomb developers at the time of this writing (mid-March, 2012), but I don't recommend it for consumers.
Iconia A100 -The "pros"
Overall, I'd give the Iconia A100 a 7 out of 10 on my scoring scale (I reduced this from an "8" after living with it for a week), so even if I don't write everything I like, there is a lot to like about it:
Apple iPad Design: I know, forty million people are writing about the new Apple iPad tablet device, but how many of those people owned a tablet PC six years ago like I did? Given those walloping credentials :) here's my take on the Apple iPad design.
To me the iPad design is an evolutionary -- not revolutionary -- product, basically a big iPod Touch w/ updated software, less the camera. (Which led to this very funny iPad image.)
Haha, this is funny: I forgot that I wrote a review of a Tablet PC that I used back in 2004. I just found that article, and ran across this line:
"Having this Tablet PC ... is like having a sexy girlfriend who also has a lot of irritating habits and no substance. There's a lot of excitement at first, but when the excitement wears off, you've got a decision to make."
Steve Jobs quotes: Like Steve Jobs or not, according to many of the quotes attributed to him, he has a way of cutting right to the point. There was definitely a time in my life that I would have loved working with him.
Earlier this morning I read on Daring Fireball that when he was shown an early Apple tablet prototype, he replied something like this:
Is it just me, or have the "Apple tablet rumors" been with us for more than a year now? More than two years?
SNL has been making fun of the UPS commercials lately, but I feel like there are many more Apple tablet rumors than there are commercials of the UPS guy with the lady wig.
Maybe it's just me, but I think the Apple tablet rumors are old enough to be in kindergarten by now.
For the most part I try to avoid the rumor game when it comes to Apple, but when I read on All Things Digital that Apple is planning to increase their capital expenditures by 70% to $1.9 Billion in 2010, well, that's a little more than a rumor.