Around 3.62 million Britons are fondling slabs, 73 per cent of which are an Apple iPad, according to new research. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's survey results show the number of fondleslab owners in Great Britain is set to grow, with over half the potential tablet-purchasers longing to smear an iPad. "Apple’s achievements in …
The best at what? Surfing the web and playing basic games?
iPod Touch and bargain HP Touchpad here
and a Kobo Touch for reading. But when my mother wanted a tablet, we got her an iPad. It's all about the right tool for the job. It would be dumb to buy a $500 hammer/screwdriver/wrench/saw too and expect it to be the only tool you need to build a shed and maintain your car. Why do people think one tablet should be "the best" at everything?
I didn't really want a fondleslab, but the HP TouchPad was too good a bargain to pass up. I find that my Android phone is fine for light surfing anyway, and anything more requires a proper computer with a real keyboard.
Fondleslab / Phone
Couldn't see me holding a fondleslab to my ear on the train to answer the phone.
Only If You Lost...
...your Bluetooth headset.
Maybe this piece of market research tells us more about the owners.
Marketing researcher to iPad owner: So do you own a tablet, such as an iPad?
iPad owner: Sure I own one :-)
Marketing researcher to Android owner: Hi I'm doing market research ...
Android owner: F*&^ off and die won't you!
Does this mean that iPad owners are stupid/square for talking to MR people whilst Android owners are clever/cool for not doing so or that iPad owners are polite whilst Android owners rude?
I think iPad owners are usually paedophiles too. And they probably steal stuff. And look 'funny' - you know, just 'funny looking'.
I have a Galaxy Tab
And I'm very happy with it. Coding, a bit of web surfing, e-book reading, chatting, does everything my laptop does save for high-end graphic design and is so much more portable.
Form fits function chaps.
Did the research include eReaders? The only reason I mention it is because they are the same thing. e.g. The Sony PRS-600 runs linux, has a (monchrome) touchscreen, plays MP3's, has power, home and volume buttons and runs apps. The Kindle is a similar device and has 3G/WiFi and a web browser.
Nothing weird about not buying an iPad
There are tablets that deliver an equivalent experience as an iPad and some of them cost a lot less money too. Unless your music / video collection is tied to Apple, I can't think of many reasons to fork out extra for an iPad.
re: nothing weird about an ipad
Thing is, most if not all of the equivalent quality tablets are exactly the same price as an ipad.
Not any more
"Thing is, most if not all of the equivalent quality tablets are exactly the same price as an ipad."
They were, but not any more. You can buy an Eee Pad for £85 less than the equivalent iPad. Similar for the Iconia. I suspect the price of tablets will drop a bit more before Christmas because a new raft of models are landing.
I've always thought pricing Android tablets the same as the iPad was insane. People prepared to pay a stupid premium on a tablet will buy an iPad. People not prepared to pay a stupid premium are going to wait until the prices are more reasonable and reflective of production costs.
Or, to put it another way
Android has a 27% share of the tablet market. (Assuming Windows is negiligible, which can't be far off the truth.)
That's actually pretty good IMO. Indeed, it's rather better than I'd thought it might be. My family has one of each (iPad for the wife, Asus Transformer for me) and each has its merits. And a decent fight between platforms can only be good for consumers - as long as they compete on features and price rather than patents...
I would expect that number to be a lot less if Apple stop obstructing other manufacturers from producing rounded corners tablets.
Know someone who purchased one, big mistake, the only reason he purchased it was so he could take it away with him (he is an away worker, 2weeks on, 1 week off) so he could watch movies in the comfort of his tiny sleeping cubicle withut having to cart a bulky laptop, charger etc etc. Imagine his chargrin when he found out that he couldn't, A) plug his 1Tb drive into it so he could actually watch his videos and, B) watch any sort of movie site that uses flash, so it got put down and never picked up again, still counts a sale though I guess. He is now looking for an alternative pad, pity apple are pretty intent on blocking any other decent pad's.
Maybe Samsung should have included a usb port on their tab 10.1, would that have made it different enough to the ipad to make it win the court case. I mean, a tablet computer that is actually usable and functional as opposed to looking pretty pretty!
@Steve Brooks - so he wanted a tablet and then to dangle a 1Tb HDD from it? Well, if adding the movies to iTunes and then syncing the ones he wanted to watch over the next couple of weeks was too hard, he should have got a netbook.
Paris - 'cos she's not the sharpest tool in the box, either.
The poor guy cant watch is 1TB bittorrents? If he has access to internet why not just get netflix? Or maybe convert his torrents to .m4v and put them on the ipad before he goes away? The guy is either very dumb or this story is completely fake.
Beding over backwards to stay in the garden.
> Or maybe convert his torrents to .m4v and put them on the ipad before he goes away?
What part of 1TB being much bigger than 16G or even 64G did you miss exactly?
I have a 500G Archos for just this very sort of situation. It is capable of playing stuff that I have compressed for HTPC use. So I don't have to specially re-encode anything for it.
I just attach it to my desktop machine, open up the video folder, and drag+drop stuff.
Beats the h*ll out of messing with Handbrake and iTunes and whatever else I would need to bother with for an Apple branded device that doesn't even have any capacity to speak of anyways.
He might not have access to Netflix. It might not have what he wants to watch. He might not have any network access at all (or it may be prohibitively expensive).
It's funny how fanboys declare a story is fake when it shows the obvious limitation of their pet brand.
@Jedidiah: Couldn't agree more
Why is it deemed acceptable that to access your own content, you have to jump through hoops, and convert to stuff into formats Apple deem to be acceptable (and use their tools to boot). Why isn't there more outrage at Apple telling people how they will format their content as they say so???
My DVD/BlueRay ripped collection and TiVo archived recordings, are many TB, and are in formats where quality is great on the "primary" playback device, a large HD panel. But, because it is in a *standard* format (H264/MKV), it can be played on all my devices (none of which are Apple), with no conversion. This is very convenient, especially when travelling.
Why would someone want to cede this control and convenience to someone else? I just don't get it!
(the guy should have done his research before buying the thing though!)
Failed indeed ...
.... he should have bought a Transformer - does all that and more.
I own an iPad
And you're all geeks.
@Steve Brooks. I take it your friend is a little special if he specifically bought something to do only two things that a 5 second search would have told him he couldn't do.
I have an iPad, an HP touchpad and an archos android tablet, and am not particularly bothered if someone wants to know what I am using to browse the web, it doesn't detract from me at all.
Never understood why people got so personally upset about other peoples choice of gadget not being the same as theirs.
I don't use the android much (there for testing) but the other two I use all the time.
I haven't deceided yet
I may get a tablet - my wife fancies a Kindle. I have a work Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook Windows tablet but I am not sure how much longer I can keep it working.
There is no way that I will buy an iPad. I may like my gadgets. I have even been called a geek by my teenage daughter, but I will not buy the limited functionality fashion accessory called iPad. That is called having some self respect. Buying from Apple funds their patent trolling and their protection racket.
Strange how even with that limited functionality the Apple Machine has over 1000 times more tablet apps available than the andoird store eh?
Whatexactly is it that you are being stopped from doing on an iPad that you could do on an Android?
I know I shouldn't feed the trolls, but to hell with it...
Flash video? Nope
USB Devices? Only a select few and only if you buy a special adaptor
HDMI Output? Only if you buy a special cable
OS Customisation/tweaking? Nope
Custom ROMs? Nope
Wide range of video codec support? Nope
Expandable storage? Nope
Any app you damn well please (instead of just ones that the platform owner approves)? Nope
Change the browser's user agent string (without buying/installing a separate app) to stop retarded webservers directing you to the mobile version? Nope
All of the above work perfectly in my Android tablet as well as other Android tablets. Some might take a little more tweaking than others, but it's not exactly insurmountable. Lots of apps does not equal lots of functionality.
proof, if anyone needed it
Be seen with an iPad and be seen as a tech illiterate (that's illiterate and not illegitimate, well, erm.....)
I'm a weirdo ...
But I'm a rich weirdo.
Well, no one's ever called me normal.
I just bought a Pandigital Novel White last week for $80US. Pandigital now upgrades these e-book readers to touch tablets for free if you already have one.
No camera, no mike, no flash, wifi and usb only, but otherwise it's a handy little toy to surf the web from the couch, or lounging outside, instead of using the DSi.
I'm posting this from it, as a matter of fact.
I own an Ipad and an Android smartphone. Ipad is great for some things, smart phone for others. It's Amiga/ST all over again!
I don't get it
I like the idea of a tablet but can't justify spending more on a tablet than my wife's laptop cost (£350~) and for something with less functionality, that's why I plumped for a Hannspad at £150. But then I wouldn't spend £'s on a phone with less functionality than my HTC Desire HD either.
not even a weirdo
just waiting around for the samsung note (I draw stuff, people buy them), or some android tablet with serious kendo or kal-el powers or whatever.
I do like the stylus idea, a small wacom cintiq that can also do stuff on its own is fun to think about. though the new inkling thing is also intriguing, so back to basics it's obscene. ipad thing is not interesting enough. sure is shiny, but that's all.
just a geek with tiny bit of self restraint. easily overcome.
hey nielsen! count me in, too.
I own a GalaxyTablet
On the whole I'm very happy with it. To those that think it's a fad, well it may be for some, it's the most used gadget I've ever owned and the only thing my wife has said that she doesn't think was a waste of money me buying due to all the daily use I get with it.
Couldn't care less whether I have an apple, Samsung or whatever branded product, providing it's good quality and does what I want.
I have to say that more and more lately, I keep finding apps that I want and could make good use of, that are only available on Apple and it seems many of these companies have little desire to currently develop for the android.
I'm almost at the point where my next upgrade will be an ipad, just so that I can make use of the many apps I want, mainly music related apps such as interface to omnisphere, Samplewiz etc.
Which is a shame because I like competition, but currently there's a big lack of it. Most android apps are phone ones blown up, few are optimised for tablets. It is getting better, but if companies decide to do to Android what many companies choose to do to Linux (pretend it doesn't exist) then I may have no choice but get an ipad.
Bit like the betamax debate, doesn't matter which one ultimately is better, the one that has the most support is the one that most people will go for.
cheap chinese android fondleslab for me
and nice HTC android phone
The phone does everything I need on the go and the FS does the same when I'm not - either at home trying to occupy myself with some video off the NAS drive whilst trying to avoid Eastenders/Corry/Farm thing that t'wife has on in the background or at uni when I need a light device for note taking in the cloud.
There are definitely weirdos out there that not only have use for a phone and FS but also choose not to buy fruit flavoured versions
i dont have an fondleslab of any kind, but me and the mrs both have smart phones.
i have iphone4 and she has HTC desire. i have to say hers does everything my iphone can do and isnt locked into the POS itunes.
if i didnt get the phone free i wouldnt buy an apple device. they have a nice interface but far too restrictive for anything else.
I'm no wierdo
Bought my first iPhone 3 years ago, kept it nearly 2 years (far, far longer than any other phone ove owned) and upgraded to the iP4. Love it.
Bought an iPad cheap just before the 2 came out and love it too. I now use my iPhone a lot less, given the choice I would have the iPad, but I am lucky, I have both.
I could go Android but I prefer a device that just works, I've spent to many years having to fiddle with devices just to get them to do the basics.
I do a bit of jailbreaking - originally to unlock my phone but now just because I like the aditional tweaks it enables (which, I'm sure, android owners will say it should do OOB -provided you configure it right). I love the appswhich are cheep or free from the app store and just work. Well.
When the iPhone first came out I couldn't see anything it did that my WinMo phone couldn't do, on paper the spec wasn't as good. How wrong I was. Just like people who judge devices purely by their paper spec are now.
Before my iPhone I was anti Apple, now I have an iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
I don't intend changing soon and wil see whats available when I do, but at the moment I can't see anything that will tempt me away.
The iPhone is expensive, lots of people will settle for a cheaper android phone but the iPad is better than any other tablet, anything that comes even remotly close is the same price. Until someone else can have an ongoing revenue stream as Apple does with the App store I don't see that changing any time soon.
Love my fondleslab
My iPad 1 gets loads of use and once the samsung note comes out my old nexus phone can be the wife's and I'll have a new phone slab. I use my iPad more at home cause I can browse the web by the tv with instant on.
'Only a few'
@Alan Denman -
Given that there are around 40 million adults, or 25 million households in the UK,- 3.6 MILLION tablets is a huge number in a little over 2 years.
3.62 million tablet owners?
Given that there were 36 millions adults in the UK census estimates I seriously doubt that 1 in 10 own a tablet? I think these figures have been massaged.
Horses for courses
Started out with a Nokia N800, lovely size and screen, but it got to be too gutless to be useful. I then got an iPod Touch 3rd gen; it's OK, but screen's a bit small and low-res.
I have an iPad. It's too big and heavy to carry around, but is great for hitting IMDB from the armchair. It's gets to go on trips if I know I'm not going to need the (Windows) laptop, but it's mostly an indoor kitty now. It's SIM ended up in a MiFi mobile router.
I have a ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android tablet. Size/weight are ideal, screen is a bit grainy and too wide for the resolution (aspect ratio is off) but fine. Android is OK, but not a patch on iOS.
My ideal tablet would be Galaxy Tab 7-inch size, plenty of RAM and CPU, running iOS.
Got a non-iPad tablet?
Well done! You won't be seen as technically illiterate.
Of those I support who have an iPad, 90% shouldn't. It's like teaching your grandparents how to program the VCR.
Similarly, smartphone owners are not that smart.
There is no prestige in owning an i[insert devie name], you will only be seen and a relic, who puts more into being seen with a "flashy" device than learning how to use it.