According to analysts from Gartner, Android became the most popular tablet platform for the first time, outselling the Apple iPad in 2013. Sixty two percent of 195 million tablets sold in 2013 ran Google’s Android. That’s 121 million Android tablets, versus Apple’s 70 million iPads (36%). In comparison, Apple’s iPad sold 61 million units in 2012, compared to Android’s 53 million.
According to Gartner, 2013 purchases were fueled by low cost, small screen tablets. Research director Roberta Cozza writes:
“In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications.”
This isn’t really a surprise though. Android tablets are generally more affordable than iPads. In our country alone, local manufacturers are coming out with competitively priced tablets (complete with impressive specs). And that’s not even counting other competitively priced tablets from big brands like Samsung, Acer, Lenovo, etc.
The Apple iPad will remain an aspirational product for some, but I still think most people will go for the most bang-for-the-buck tablet. What do you guys think of Gartner’s report? And what tablet would you choose: an Android or an iPad?
Via Tech Crunch