The iPad And Its Competitors

SHAILA on December 18, 2012

Although tablets had been around for a while, the tablet market really began in earnest with the launch of iPad. The iPad and iPad mini now figure high on this season’s wish list.

Quoting the figures forecasted by Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, Edward C. Baig, American technology columnist for USA Today and author of ‘Mac for Dummies’ says that, 112.5 million people will own a tablet by 2016, almost one-third of the adult American population.

Edward in his article (itself a part of the ‘Holiday Tech Guide’) writes that the iPad with its unique features and 9.7 inch retina display is undoubtedly the market leader today. Operating on the iOS software, its global appeal is evident by the predicted 219 million in sales by 2016, compared to the 109 million of Android-based tablets.

iPad has more than 275,000 apps specially produced for Apple. At Mobicip, we are proud to be a part of this landscape as we built our very own content filtering safe browser app for the iPod touch, iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone, providing a safe internet experience for all.   

Google Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Google's Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 run on the latest Android version called Jelly Bean, though a few still operate on Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently, Nexus 10 with a higher resolution and a 10-inch display is arguably better than the iPad for the price, the notable differences hardly perceivable in comparison.  

Surface by Microsoft

Another entrant is the Surface tablet which operates on the Windows OS from Microsoft. Windows 8 is designed not only for multi-touch tablets, but also for traditional desktops and laptops. However, consumers and businesses are yet to adopt it in a big way and it accounts for less than 1% of market  share.    

Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD

In a way, Amazon defined what a low-cost tablet should have by introducing the Kindle Fire at a $199 price point. While the first version has little beside the price point going for it, newer versions, especially the Kindle Fire HD are on par with the Nexus tablets from Google.

If you are a parent looking for a tablet for your child, many factors like the screen size, weight and cost may influence your choice. The amazing thing is that big companies like Google and Amazon are offering tablets starting at $199 while smaller ones offer for less than that. But before zeroing in on one, consider what the French often say, ‘quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”