Apple’s Niche Doesn’t Mean Apple Wins
As you probably know, tablet computer devices existed before the iPad, although these were largely restricted to over-priced Internet tablets from Archos and various clones or the high-end, high priced Windows tablets.
The tablet market that we see today is a different type of device, something that Steve Jobs described at the iPad’s launch as a “post PC device." You can use the iPad tablet much in the same way as you might use a PC, although a computer or notebook or some other central device is still required to sync with.
By scaling up the popular iPhone user interface (known as iOS) Apple’s marketing department was able to forge a massive niche sector from almost nowhere, creating a phenomenon. One result of this, however, was the introduction of unofficial Android tablets.
While Apple continues to dominate this market, Android tablets have been growing in number, just as they did in the mobile phone market. With the arrival of the Honeycomb OS, Android tablets can provide genuine competition to the iPad.
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