Just this past weekend, Black Friday took the United States by storm. Consumers rushed out to get the best deals they could on the hottest things on the market, including Mobile Tech. Companies like Motorola, Amazon and others offered insane discounts on their products, and people wasted no time in getting out the door and getting to the stores – or in some cases, just on their computer. One of the more surprising statistics that InfoScout Blog has reported on is that apparently, out of all of the iPads sold this past Weekend (and yes, there were a lot sold), 40% of the iPads that were sold were actually bought by consumers who use Android for their smartphone. What's the reason for all of this cross contamination?
iPads have generally been the more popular choice of tablets by users in the United States, and unlike the smartphone market, that number isn't shrinking quickly. Apple's reputation for creating reliable, trustworthy pieces of technology is obviously paying off for them now, but that can't be the only factor that's helping them out. So what is it then?
It could be that the tablet market is following a similar trend to the Smartphone market in 2010 and early 2011 — the trend that OEMs that produced Android phones didn't necessarily know how to achieve what consumers were going to buy right away, with no clear-cut industry leaders to lead the way. But that isn't exactly true: The Nexus 7 tablet, both last year and this year's models, represents probably the finest Android Tablet to date, due to to combination of price, availability, features and reliability, and companies like Samsung and LG have followed up with their respective Tab 3 and G Pad 8.3, both which are very fine tablets, but aren't selling as well. The Nexus 10 is getting pretty old, but it's still very often a top pick by tech websites for an affordable, high-quality 1o-inch tablet. Samsung's recently Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2014 Edition) is what contends best with the Nexus 10, and even includes some really handy S-Pen features too. Asus and Sony are also up there, especially with Asus' ingenious ideas for including Windows and Android in one device, and Sony's knack for building really beautiful hardware.
What's more likely holding Android back, despite efforts from Google and respective OEMs, are optimized Apps and advertising. iPad is a household name, and if you're on an airline or in a public places, very often you'll hear them say "Please silence your pagers, watch alarms, smartphones and iPads," as if they're a genre of device. That speaks to the weight and importance that the name carries, and it's something that OEMs will have to fight an up-hill battle against. And while the Google Play Store, with its unique Tablet section and all, is slowly improving its options in terms of quantity and quality, many people will simply go to the iPad before Android's offerings.
Are you one of those people that bought an iPad? What made you decide it was the best choice for you? Let us know in the comments!