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(CNN)   May 2013's web use market share figures for tablets show over 80% iPad, with a strong showing by Surface tablets at 0.4%   (tech.fortune.cnn.com) divider line 180
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2013-06-24 03:24:26 PM
You know, I wonder how much of it is due to demographic differences between the user groups.

Maybe there are more people who use their iPads as their primary machines (I'm thinking older people, for instance) whereas Android tablets tend to be purchased by more tech savvy people who tend to use it as a supplemental machine as opposed to their primary machine.

Also, iPads are more likely to have mobile data connections which enable them to be used without a Wifi network, Android tablets are less likely to have those.
 
2013-06-24 03:31:28 PM
Most people who get the Surface aren't using it to surf the web. They're getting it to do hyperkenetic dances around office meeting rooms.
 
2013-06-24 03:32:53 PM
That 0.4% comes form people farking with them at Best Buy while they're waiting for someone to bring their iPad to the cash register.
 
2013-06-24 03:33:29 PM
from..
 
2013-06-24 03:34:24 PM
I would totally buy a Surface Pro if it weren't $1000.
 
2013-06-24 03:34:30 PM

JerseyTim: Most people who get the Surface aren't using it to surf the web. They're getting it to do hyperkenetic dances around office meeting rooms.


Do you automatically get the ability to dance like that when you buy one?

Because that might make it worth it.
 
2013-06-24 03:50:16 PM
I got a Nexus 7 tablet and a Samsung Galaxy camera a few weeks ago. They're pretty neat.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 03:50:53 PM
I like my Nexus 7, so you can fark off.
 
2013-06-24 03:51:03 PM
Late. To. Market.
 
2013-06-24 03:52:04 PM
woikr.com
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 03:52:10 PM
oh, and writer of this article likes to suck Jobs' dead dick.

For fark's sake...
 
2013-06-24 03:52:51 PM
semi-useless products that don't do anything quite as well as other devices we already have are popular with iConsumers? you don't say?

don't want a tablet. My gs3 does everything your tablet does and still manages to fit in my pocket.
my laptop isn't that much bigger than your tablet, yet does so much more, and is more convenient to work on.
 
2013-06-24 03:53:29 PM

RexTalionis: I would totally buy a Surface Pro if it weren't $1000.


I would halfway buy a Surface Pro if it were $500.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 03:53:36 PM

JerseyTim: Most people who get the Surface aren't using it to surf the web. They're getting it to do hyperkenetic dances around office meeting rooms.


Person in suit:  I have a MICROSOFT device.  We all know that Microsoft is the pinnacle of innovation and high tech!

*wank wank wank*
 
2013-06-24 03:53:54 PM

d23: I like my Nexus 7, so you can fark off.


Same here. I couldn't justify spending another $300 for an iThingie.
 
2013-06-24 03:54:42 PM
Microsoft lost the portable OS war. They'll throw hundreds of millions of dollars trying to catch up but they won't. IOS and Android have too far of a head start. I suspect they'll end up like IBM and eventually stop trying and get into services for corporate customers instead after selling off the consumer side of the business.
 
2013-06-24 03:55:22 PM

RexTalionis: I would totally buy a Surface Pro if it weren't $1000.


This. I would buy it for a thousand if the Wacom tablet features were able to be used externally on another computer.
 
2013-06-24 03:55:45 PM
I have a Surface.

I wish I could return it.  I find myself still using my iPhone instead for most of the stuff you'd do on a tablet.

This coming from a diehard windows guy.
 
2013-06-24 03:55:58 PM

Snarfangel: RexTalionis: I would totally buy a Surface Pro if it weren't $1000.

I would halfway buy a Surface Pro if it were $500.



Pretty much this.  If you are gonna offer a tablet then it had better be as good as an iPad at the same, or lower, price.  Otherwise don't even bother putting it on the market.
 
2013-06-24 03:56:00 PM

d23: JerseyTim: Most people who get the Surface aren't using it to surf the web. They're getting it to do hyperkenetic dances around office meeting rooms.

Person in suit:  I have a MICROSOFT device.  We all know that Microsoft is the pinnacle of innovation and high tech!

*wank wank wank*


Not for anything, but the Surface Pro is a very nice machine. They've managed to make a device that is actively cooled (and silent, to boot) in a tablet form factor. That's pretty darn impressive.
 
2013-06-24 03:56:29 PM
Surface tablets at 0.4%

I can die happy now: I finally got mentioned in a greenlit Fark headline.
 
2013-06-24 03:57:35 PM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-24 03:58:08 PM
The Surface Pro would be great if it had any disk space and a better keyboard, but then it's just a touchscreen laptop. Not sure why Wacom isn't making one.

I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me. Also all the available browsers sucked and basic crap like uploading photos to craigslist was not supported.
 
2013-06-24 03:58:18 PM
Oh, the problem with the Surface is that its too much like a computer.  You can't just pick it up and play around with it like you can an iPad.  You could never give one to a 4 yearold or 80 yearold and expect them to be able to figure it out.

But, its not powerful and capable like a computer.  So you can't really use it for that either.  It can't handle serious multi-tasking like you want to do on a computer and a touch screen just isn't ideal for applications that weren't designed for it... like Excel or something.

I really want to like it.  But I can't.  Wish you could get an ipad with a USB port and file system.
 
2013-06-24 04:00:07 PM

d23: I like my Nexus 7, so you can fark off.


I like my Kobo arc that I grabbed for $149 on fathers day.  I also like my ipad mini. I Also like my asus vivotab RT.  depends what I'm doing.
 
2013-06-24 04:01:12 PM
Let me preface this by saying this isn't a "stop liking what I don't like!" post:

I just don't get tablets. You can't type on them, they're unwieldy, they're hard to use one-handed for any length of time...in other words they, to me, have very few if any benefits over a lightweight laptop. And I know it's anecdotal, but everyone I know with a tablet either doesn't use it anymore or has bought a keyboard and case for it, basically turning it into an expensive underpowered laptop with a word keyboard.

(Heh, I remember when the iPad first came out, someone joked about how you could buy a case for it with a keyboard that folded up - the joke being that you could turn it into a laptop for more than the price of a laptop. Oh, how we laughed and laughed and laughed.)
 
2013-06-24 04:01:36 PM

moothemagiccow: The Surface Pro would be great if it had any disk space and a better keyboard, but then it's just a touchscreen laptop. Not sure why Wacom isn't making one.

I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me. Also all the available browsers sucked and basic crap like uploading photos to craigslist was not supported.


wow . what android tablet knock off did you get?
 
2013-06-24 04:02:19 PM
Only 80% market share? Oh great.  Here comes another dozen headlines begging the question "Has Apple Lost it's Market Dominance?" and Apple stock can slip a little more.

/Gotta get those clicks though...
 
2013-06-24 04:03:08 PM

moothemagiccow: I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me.


There's an option in Android to turn off Wifi when the screen is off. My Asus TF300 goes maybe 8-9 days between charges with light use.
 
2013-06-24 04:03:39 PM
One reason the iPhone/iPad share is so high. Android users can change their User Agent. I always have mine set to iPhone because sites render differently.

hotliste.co
 
2013-06-24 04:04:00 PM
Anything I could say here would just make me sound old.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 04:04:21 PM

RexTalionis: whereas Android tablets tend to be purchased by more tech savvy people who tend to use it as a supplemental machine as opposed to their primary machine.

Also, iPads are more likely to have mobile data connections which enable them to be used without a Wifi network, Android tablets are less likely to have those.


A truly "tech savvy" person wouldn't buy a tablet that can't use wifi. A poser would.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-06-24 04:04:34 PM

olapbill: moothemagiccow: The Surface Pro would be great if it had any disk space and a better keyboard, but then it's just a touchscreen laptop. Not sure why Wacom isn't making one.

I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me. Also all the available browsers sucked and basic crap like uploading photos to craigslist was not supported.

wow . what android tablet knock off did you get?


Seriously.  This is how a noname android tablet from hong kong acts.

I not only have an Nexus 7, but I also have an Asis Iconia, and they are both very solid.
 
2013-06-24 04:04:36 PM
I like my asus transformer 300.  Good tablet but asus tech support is a farking abomination.  I hate how you have to dock to a computer with itunes to save movies to an ipad.  I'll download my pr0n straight from the internet tyvm.  You can work around the flash ban so you can still watch MFC too.
 
2013-06-24 04:05:21 PM

RexTalionis: Maybe there are more people who use their iPads as their primary machines (I'm thinking older people, for instance) whereas Android tablets tend to be purchased by more tech savvy people who tend to use it as a supplemental machine as opposed to their primary machine.

Where do you get the idea that tech savvy people wouldnt like iPads? Just price? For our business we have to use Android and Windows and own or use pretty much every type of device imaginable. Bf and I still prefer to use our iPads for everyday non-work use because of Apple's performance and stability. My only major complaint is the native keyboard. I do miss swype.

/both father and in law use kindle fires and my mother and grandma have hand me down iPads...even though they are all older gen folks they all like their devices
//may have to get a Surface Pro for our next tablet upgrade :/
 
2013-06-24 04:05:30 PM
blog.laptopmag.com
Samsung Tab 2 10.1 > iPad

/Surface costs way too much.
 
2013-06-24 04:05:52 PM
I got my daughter a Nexus 7 8 GB on clearance for about $130 IIRC.  She mostly uses it to watch the same Peppa Pig episode over and over.
 
2013-06-24 04:06:15 PM
How long is the Windows cash buffer going to allow Microsoft the fiscal leeway to keep throwing money down the black pit of Johnny-come-lately products?
 
2013-06-24 04:06:49 PM

jbc: RexTalionis: whereas Android tablets tend to be purchased by more tech savvy people who tend to use it as a supplemental machine as opposed to their primary machine.

Also, iPads are more likely to have mobile data connections which enable them to be used without a Wifi network, Android tablets are less likely to have those.

A truly "tech savvy" person wouldn't buy a tablet that can't use wifi. A poser would.


I'm sorry, but I think you're misreading my comment. I don't think there are many (or, more accurately, any) commercially available tablets that don't have wifi integrated.

I own tablets that only has a wifi connection available and no mobile data plan. Maybe it's me, but I don't like paying an extra 20-40 bucks a month to play with my tablet at a restaurant.
 
2013-06-24 04:07:22 PM
Ok fine. I'll say it. I *hate* all the quirks and discrepancies that exist among the various platforms,  screen resolutions,
OS, browsers, etc... As a developer, it drives me farking BATTY. Especiallywhen I get a client on an 8 year old cell
phone with no javascript support and minimal supportfor anything else wondering why the nifty jQuery / HTML5
features he insisted that he had tohave don't work on his ancient cell phone.

Criminey. I thought it was bad when all we had to worry about back in the day was IE, Netscrape and AOL's bastard
child of a browser.

Grrrrrr...
 
2013-06-24 04:08:14 PM

elysive: I do miss swype.


Swype's actually pretty cool. I normally prefer physical keyboards but Swype has won me over on my Samsung smartphone.
 
2013-06-24 04:08:38 PM

olapbill: moothemagiccow: The Surface Pro would be great if it had any disk space and a better keyboard, but then it's just a touchscreen laptop. Not sure why Wacom isn't making one.

I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me. Also all the available browsers sucked and basic crap like uploading photos to craigslist was not supported.

wow . what android tablet knock off did you get?


Asus transformer. I stupidly assumed from the photos that it would make an acceptable laptop, but the keyboard lag was godawful so I sent that part back. I think they're on maybe the 4th model now, so maybe this year's version works ok. I'd wait a couple years on a Surface for the same crap to get worked out.

RexTalionis: moothemagiccow: I had an android tablet for about a year and it was an infuriating device. Basically I only picked the thing up when it was chirping because the battery was dying. And it died often, because wireless ate the battery, even though I only needed it when I actually had the screen on, unlike my phone, which needs to be on so people can call me.

There's an option in Android to turn off Wifi when the screen is off. My Asus TF300 goes maybe 8-9 days between charges with light use.


Yeah, I did that, then it would take ten seconds to turn the wifi on, the browser would load its "no connection" page and I DONT HAVE THAT KIND OF TIME.
 
2013-06-24 04:08:40 PM
FTFA: The chart above was posted Monday by Chitika, a mobile ad network

So iPad users are too stupid to figure out how to block ads on their devices? OK then.
 
2013-06-24 04:09:07 PM

Lord Dimwit: they're hard to use one-handed for any length of time


Does Brazzers even have an app for Surface RT?
 
2013-06-24 04:09:45 PM

elysive: Where do you get the idea that tech savvy people wouldnt like iPads? Just price? For our business we have to use Android and Windows and own or use pretty much every type of device imaginable. Bf and I still prefer to use our iPads for everyday non-work use because of Apple's performance and stability. My only major complaint is the native keyboard. I do miss swype.


I meant as a percentage of the total. When a lot of non-tech people go tablet-shopping, they get an iPad because that's the name they recognize from their friends. The people who actually take the time to shop for Android tablet tend to research their purchase more and are probably more tech-savvy.

I'm not saying that tech savvy people don't use iPads, but a lot of people buy iPads from the sheer name recognition surrounding it.
 
2013-06-24 04:10:44 PM
I like the iPad because it's bigger than the Nexus 7, but either one is great for.....keeping the kids quiet in the car, in the house, at work...anywhere.

Yea, their good for reading and surfing the web too.

Had the Galaxy III for a few weeks.  Man that thing sucks for use with enterprise service.  Switched to the iPhone 5 and the headaches stopped.  Great little phone.
 
2013-06-24 04:11:57 PM

tacchimonster: [blog.laptopmag.com image 633x400]
Samsung Tab 2 10.1 > iPad

/Surface costs way too much.


I have the Samsung through work.  It is a fantastic device.  I have nothing bad to say about the iPad, but I just liked the android better.
 
2013-06-24 04:12:07 PM

95629: Oh, the problem with the Surface is that its too much like a computer.  You can't just pick it up and play around with it like you can an iPad.  You could never give one to a 4 yearold or 80 yearold and expect them to be able to figure it out.

But, its not powerful and capable like a computer.  So you can't really use it for that either.  It can't handle serious multi-tasking like you want to do on a computer and a touch screen just isn't ideal for applications that weren't designed for it... like Excel or something.

I really want to like it.  But I can't.  Wish you could get an ipad with a USB port and file system.


The keyboard and a USB mouse work really well if you want to do Excel or something. The Surface Pro is way more flexible than an iPad, for example we connect them to environmental data loggers in the field to pull data via USB. Also, I can actually join a domain - which is kind of a big deal in corporate networks. Not to mention just moving files to it on a USB stick rather than going through a class A clusterfark with Dropbox or a sync cable.

I suspect there are a lot of Surface Pros that never see the Internet, since they're only connected within corporate networks. Measuring web traffic is kind of pointless, that's like running a checkpoint in Idaho to see what percentage of Americans drive Aston Martins.

On the other hand, if your day consists mostly of posting cat pictures on Facebook, then I strongly recommend an iPad.
 
2013-06-24 04:12:40 PM

moothemagiccow: Asus transformer. I stupidly assumed from the photos that it would make an acceptable laptop, but the keyboard lag was godawful so I sent that part back. I think they're on maybe the 4th model now, so maybe this year's version works ok. I'd wait a couple years on a Surface for the same crap to get worked out.


Did you get the original Asus Transformer TF101? The one that has a metal back?

The metal back messed with the antennas. That might be why you have wifi issues. My Transformer reconnects in about 3 seconds after logging in.
 
2013-06-24 04:12:48 PM

Lord Dimwit: Let me preface this by saying this isn't a "stop liking what I don't like!" post:

I just don't get tablets. You can't type on them, they're unwieldy, they're hard to use one-handed for any length of time...in other words they, to me, have very few if any benefits over a lightweight laptop. And I know it's anecdotal, but everyone I know with a tablet either doesn't use it anymore or has bought a keyboard and case for it, basically turning it into an expensive underpowered laptop with a word keyboard.

(Heh, I remember when the iPad first came out, someone joked about how you could buy a case for it with a keyboard that folded up - the joke being that you could turn it into a laptop for more than the price of a laptop. Oh, how we laughed and laughed and laughed.)


there's a key board app that splits the keyboard in half and puts it on the sides so you can easily thumb type like on your phone.  I hated typing on this thing until I got that.
 
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