Saturday, 24 December 2011

Infographic: What could you do if you owned every tablet in the world?

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Gadget fans around the world are buying up tablet computers at an ever-increasing rate, and Indian consumers are no exception.

Approximately 32,000,000 tablets have been sold worldwide to date. From October 2010 to June 2011, 8,000 were sold every day in India alone, with 46% of these sold by Samsung, 21% by BlackBerry, 18% by Apple, with the rest of the numbers made up by smaller tablet manufacturers. Computer Market Research (CMR) estimates that Indian consumers will buy 85,000 tablet PCs in 2012, rising to 23.4 million in 2017 as sales are expect to double yearly.

With a size and weight somewhere between laptops and smartphones, they provide the ideal combination of portability and usability. Their larger size and high-quality graphics makes them ideal for playing games, reading books and news,  and watching videos. As well as consumers, they have also been extremely popular in the business world. Their uses in the workplace include attorneys responding to clients, medical professionals accessing health records during patient exams, and managers approving employee requests. Tablet computers received an immediately positive reception upon their release - the Apple iPod caused pandemonium, with thousands of fans queuing up outside stores to purchase their own.

Tablet computers' popularity has been aided in part by the rise in low cost tablets like the Aakash, which makes tablets accessible to everyone - research shows that tablets costing under 10,000 Rs are the most popular in India. Compared with the smartphone BlackBerry Bold 9790, Datawind's Aakash seems a very reasonable - it's priced at just 2,500 Rs for a device with the full functionality of a tablet computer, compared with the BlackBerry Bold price of over 20,000 Rs.

The below infographic demonstrates helps you to visualise what it would look like if you owned all of these 32,000,000 tablets.


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