Are they really? Of course not. Apple is the only company which reveals actual sales numbers, so any comparison numbers are wild guesses at best. Here’s yet another way to see how iPad fares against the onslaught of Android tablets. Facts.
What Are They Doing With Those Things?
That’s not a rhetorical question. Supposedly, the iPad’s market share has slipped to about 40-percent of all tablets being sold around the world.
Again, those who make up those numbers are doing exactly that– they’re making up numbers because only Apple provides actual sales figures each quarter.
Pundits, analysts, and researchers are simply guessing how many Android tablets get sold. It’s Apple’s facts against competing fiction.
Alright, let’s look at yet another way to determine how the iPad fares against Android tablets (Google Nexus, Nook, ASUS and Acer, BlackBerry, Microsoft Surface, HP TouchPad, and many others).
Chitika is an online advertising company and it tracks which devices its billions of ads are displayed. For May, Chitika says the iPad had slightly over 82-percent of the usage market worldwide.
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In second place is Amazon’s Kindle Fire, then Samsung’s Galaxy tablets, Googles Nexus tablets, and way down the list is Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Those devices just are not being used.
What’s going on?
That’s a question the tech pundits, analysts, and researchers should be asking instead of pushing flagrantly false guesstimates into the headlines.
If Android tablets outsell iPads then what are users doing with their tablets? They’re not surfing the web, that’s for sure. It’s unlikely they’re playing games or using Android tablets for apps, because Apple’s iPad has far more apps in the App Store.
I have a theory. Buyers remorse.
Assume for a moment that the guesstimates for Android tablet sales are accurate. That means those devices are simply not being used and are probably gathering dust in a desk drawer or a closet. Those devices might be out there, and in large numbers, but they’re just not visible because very few Android tablet owners are using their devices.
Apple puts a lot of effort into making their devices– Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple TV– usable, useful, and worth owning. Numbers seem to indicate that Apple’s devices are used far more than the competition, and that many Android tablet owners have a bad case of buyers remorse.