Seems that just about everyone is selling small tablet computers
We have been seeing so many tablets showing up this year, that we can make the statement that 2012 is the Year of the Tablet. There have been so many tablets coming out that they have become common place. And they are no longer just for the tech minded people as the prices and availability are now available for everyone. You just have to look at the impact to the market when Amazon came out with the Kindle Fire. And even Barnes & Noble came out with their Nook Tablet. These two forced the market prices lower than they had ever been before.
These 7 inch tablets altered the market. This all followed the HP TouchPad fire sale which wet the appetite for lower priced tablets at $99. While there were few to be had, this clearly showed that people wanted cheaper prices for tablets and the current price model was not going to meet the needs of the current masses of people. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet have shown the popularity for 7 inch tablets. But just how popular are tablets becoming?
It seems they are coming mainstream as stores such as Kohls are selling them. The picture above is from their online store and there are periodic ads for them selling 7 inch tablets. Sears, Kmart and Target have pages of tablets for sale in their stores. The number of stores where you can pick up a tablet computer continues to grow. Even Toys R Us has a pretty good selection of tablets. And if a department store does not carry tablets, they are carrying accessories for tablet computers. We are seeing tablets becoming common place just about everywhere that we go and that is a good thing.
This holiday season there are going to be a growing number of tablets on sale at some very good prices. Some will be name brands that you will recognize and others will be of less quality at some very low prices as compared to others. We are starting to see brands from just about everyone, such as Polaroid, the camera and film company. Tablet computers are being made by well known companies as well as those we have never heard of. And that is going to continue.
It seems that tablets are becoming very popular for gamers as well. A recent survey shows that 23% of app gamers are using smart phones and tablets to play games. Given that number, the gamer community is going to be looking for tablets to play games on in increasing numbers. All of this is looking very good for tablet sales. The result of all this is we are going to be seeing tablets being carried around by everyone in the same way as smart phones were 5 or more years ago. It is going to be very commonplace.
The recently released Kindle Fire HD and Nexus 7 show there is a large market for tablets out there. Microsoft is talking about their Windows 8 OS for tablets and we should know more about tablets for the holiday season running Windows 8. There are growing rumors of Apple releasing the Apple iPad Mini some time this month, so it is obvious that tablet computers are going to be the holiday big seller. Much of this can be attributed to the lower price point and better products in the market.
If you have not been paying attention to the tablet market, now may be the time to take a look. Tablet computers are extremely portable for you mobile usage.