Tablet Sales Are Just Fine, Thank You

Seems a few people forgot to read IDC's tablet report extra carefully this weekend and as a result of that the whole tablet thing was deemed to have come up short of "lofty expectations" or something. But they're actually fine.

The IDC report, you see, only covered that period of time between January to March 2011, not Q2 2011, which as we all know is the period between April and June. If we're reading it correctly "tablet sales" (which kind of mean iPad sales at this time), are doing super, with an expected seasonal dip in the period directly following the holiday being something that was well-known, expected and discarded as yesterday's news.

What we should really be focusing on when it comes to how healthy the tablet market is what's coming soon. Case in point, Apple is reportedly ready to say that in Q2 it sold many, many more iPads than the 7.2 million tablets (all types) sold in Q1, all by its lonesome.

So, yeah. If you're still looking for a tablet don't be scared. They're part of a healthy, growing market (iPads anyway, for now), and haven't stalled in the slightest. [Fortune]

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One word for y'all. "Thrive". I've seen the tech for a while now. Apple, HTC, Moto, Samsung, Microsoft, "etc". I just couldn't see it. Then Toshiba went and did something unusual, they made a device that was usable. No, it isn't the fastest, the sveltest, (definitely) not the thinnest (though I'm fairly sure they possess the know-how and ability to do so if they wished). Instead, they designed a product that could be used! Imagine that! It's nice to hold, has all the ports we could use off-the-bat, easily expandable storage, removable battery (along with the back-plate mind you) and it genuinely looks as if they actually asked people what they wanted from the damned things.

So what if the iPad and Sammy can slice through cheese! Who cares. Given the recent leaks of Nvidia chip sets (quad-core Tegra 3 or Qualcomms and TI's new beasts) and with Microsoft REALLY making strides to provide really ergonomic-esqe and efficient software, combine that with forward thinking devices with thoughtful design aimed at the user-experience, there's no doubt in my mind that tablet PC's are here to stay. Congratulations Toshiba for impressing me with your underwhelming product! (and I mean that in a really kick-ass-grateful kind of way)