Consumers aren’t sold on the just-released iPad Mini and would rather have the much-cheaper Google Nexus 7 instead, a uSwitch Tech survey suggests, amid signs that Apple will no longer have things its own way in the tablet market.
In a poll of 1,487 readers, we asked which of the rival micro-slates is better. And were more than a little surprised to discover that 56.8 per cent of respondents named the Nexus 7.
Google’s slate got the vote despite the fact that it suffers from the lack of tablet-optimised apps that afflicts all Android slates and is arguably of a less-premium look and feel due to its all-plastic construction.
Indications of what could be Apple kit’s fading allure comes after some tech watchers have called into question the triumphalism surrounding the company’s announcement that it sold three million new iPads (that’s the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 combined) in their first weekend of availability.
Meanwhile, figures from IDC revealed that the iPad’s market share had fallen to 50 per cent during the third quarter.
The slide was attributed to strong sales for Google’s effort and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, as well as consumers postponing their purchase of an iPad due to reports that Apple was about to refresh its tablet product line.