Tablet Computers Poised to Do Some Conquering
Steve Jobs' iPad has made the tablet computer so much more than an esoteric toy for mad scientists. Unable to go much beyond the incubation stage, tablet computers were too far and few between, much so those that seemed appealing to the market at large.
That is, until Apple came out with the iPad. Although everybody saw its coming miles ahead, no other IT company was able to release a tablet computer ahead of the Cupertino company. The rest, as they say, is history. Apple, after releasing the iPad in April this year, has sold millions of the game-changing, and netbook-busting, tablet computer.
200 Million More
Today, industry analysts are predicting that tablet computers are poised to become even more popular than they are now. From about 20 million units sold this year, some 55 million tablet computers are forecast to be sold next year, and will finally go higher than 208 million in 2014, if we are to believe research analysts from Gartner.
The market research firm added that North America will account for about 61 percent of tablet computer sales in 2010. The continent's share, however, is expected to decline to 43 percent in 2014.
This is good news for IT vendors that have or are planning to launch their tablet computers, which consumers use to surf the Internet, watch movies and other videos, read electronic books, play games, and brew their coffee (of course, one of these is said in jest). …