Study: Nearly a Quarter of U.S. Adults Own a Tablet

Pew Research Center has found that 22 percent of U.S. adults polled own a tablet, while 3 percent of those polled said they regularly use someone else's tablet.

The percentage has been growing since last year, Pew stated, with the increase due to the introduction of more cheaper tablets during the latter stages of 2011.

Approximately 68 percent of tablet owners bought their tablet within the last year, with 32 percent purchasing their device during 2012.

The emergence of affordable tablets has also attributed to the decrease of iPad's market share. 52 percent of tablet owners own an iPad, which is a considerable drop from its 81 percent market share last year. The rest of market, meanwhile, mainly consists of Android devices. Notable devices include Amazon's Kindle Fire at 21 percent, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab at 8 percent.

Apple's tablet market share may drop even further; the survey was conducted from June 29 through August 8 among 9,513 adults who were 18 years of age or older, and therefore it was conducted before the introduction of Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD. Both of the devices feature a lower price tag than the iPad.

 

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  • southernshark
    The current gen of tablets are good for surfing the net, skyping and that sort of thing. I can not type on them, even on the full sized ones. I use an Ipad "3" at work and simply can not work the keys consistently. Changing the operating system won't change that.

    I still think tablets are cool and are offering some real utility to people. But I don't see them replacing the desktop for serious use, whether that serious use by typing a document, writing a book, writing a paper, or simply playing video games.
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  • alidan
    dont call an 18 year old an adult in the case of tech like this, as a fair amount of schools have tablet only books where you need one for the classes, and 18-about 25 are idiots to begin with.

    show me the adults over 30 that bought into tablets.
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  • southernshark
    The current gen of tablets are good for surfing the net, skyping and that sort of thing. I can not type on them, even on the full sized ones. I use an Ipad "3" at work and simply can not work the keys consistently. Changing the operating system won't change that.

    I still think tablets are cool and are offering some real utility to people. But I don't see them replacing the desktop for serious use, whether that serious use by typing a document, writing a book, writing a paper, or simply playing video games.
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  • Anonymous
    when they make a tablet that runs Linux (centos,mageia,opensuse,fedora,debian,etc..) and not android/ios then I will jump on board
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  • alidan
    dont call an 18 year old an adult in the case of tech like this, as a fair amount of schools have tablet only books where you need one for the classes, and 18-about 25 are idiots to begin with.

    show me the adults over 30 that bought into tablets.
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