A recent survey by Japan’s BCN and published in the Nikkei pegs the market share of the Nexus 7 at 44.4% while the iPad came in just behind with 40.1%. According to the survey price was a big factor in the decision to buy a Nexus 7 over an iPad. But there’s an interesting wrinkle in the survey timing that might explain the drop in iPad marketshare.
I have to be honest, I haven’t seen a Microsoft Surface Tablet “in the wild” yet. Granted I also haven’t been wandering the coffee shops and other places I might find one lately, but the times I have been out and about I’ve seen plenty of iPads (very few other tablets though). And short of the very sad looking Microsoft pop up store I saw over the holidays, the Surface Tablet hasn’t hit my tech radarâ€”except online.Â Â Ian Betteridge of Macgasm hasÂ seen one in the wild and makes an few interesting points about why Microsoft made this push now. Ian is certainly onto something, I think.
We know that tablets are hot and regardless of size or maker (okay, maybe not the 27″ tablet from Lenovo) they are flying off store shelves. Sure we knew they were going to eventually pass laptops in sales, but previous estimates were for this to happen in 2016. Today that’s been upped to this year.
Lots of sites are lookingÂ backÂ at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.
Apple has received a permit to start selling cellular variants of the iPad mini and the iPad 4 in China from the countryâ€™s telecom regulatory body, indicative of an impending launch of the two devices in the region. The Wi-Fi only version of the two devices went on sale earlier this month, followed by the iPhone 5.