Report: 95 Percent of Tablet Buyers Want an iPad

I have to admit, I understand why some people prefer Android phones. They just want a mobile device to make phone calls, and enjoy the occasional bells and whistles. They might not take a lot of photos with their phone, but that doesn't mean they never will.

Android allows people to test the waters of the smartphone without having to invest heavily in an iPhone (or maybe some people just hold a grudge against Steve Jobs). Whatever the reason, Apple fans are like film geeks pushing widescreen on people who want to watch Blu-ray in fullscreen. It doesn't make much sense, but who really cares. However, tablets are another story, a tablet is more of a privilege than a necessity to some. So it makes sense that more tablet buyers prefer the iPad over other devices.

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A report published by Robert W. Baird, a Milwaukee-based wealth management and analyst company, revealed that 95 percent of people who own a tablet or plan to buy a tablet prefer the iPad. Ten percent chose the Hewlett-Packard TouchPad, eight percent chose the Samsung Tab 10.1, and four percent preferred the BlackBerry Playbook.

Jayson Noland, a co-author of the report, said his survey proves that other manufacturers will have a hard time catching the iPad in the near future. “I find it hard to believe that anyone can compete with the iPad,” he said in a phone interview with The New York Times. “I do think there are opportunities for companies outside the personal tablet category by offering a much much lower cost product that can be used in the workplace as a productivity tool.”

While its not shocking that the iPad scored high, the Android tablets were broken up as individual devices, which doesn't paint a clear picture of the entire Android tablet market share. Noland may be right, to compete with Apple Google will need to create a cheaper version of the iPad, but Android is using a piranha-like attack; It takes hundreds to take one large mammal down. Even so, the larger so-called "iPad killers" have been pretty non-existent, and it does make one wonder if Android tablet manufacturers will ever take their time to release a competitive tablet to rival the iPad. It's going to take a lot more than offering Adobe Flash to rattle Apple in the tablet market.

[via The New York Times]

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