By Aldo Panessidi
Rumors of the death of the “tablet” have been highly exaggerated. There were those who predicted smartphone-tablet hybrids like the Samsung Galaxy Note wouldn’t find a market. Then Samsung goes and sells 5 million of them in less than five months. Well on their way to meeting there 10 million unit goal for 2012, it’s a good thing Samsung didn’t listen to the naysayers.
According to a new report from market research firm ABI, Samsung’s Galaxy Note has started a new trend. As ABI analyst Joshua Flood put it, “One of the chief drivers for tablets is the amount of time people use their smartphones for web browsing, reading articles and newspapers on the go, or simply navigating their journeys. The larger screen sizes make a significant difference to the user’s experience when compared to conventional-sized touchscreens between 3.5 to 4 inches.” ABI predicts shipments of the devices will increase by a factor of 10 this year over last year.
Samsung has a reputation for being pretty slow with bringing its accessories online. Industry leading manufacturers continue to provide the greatest selection of top brand cell phone accessories from Bags and Sleeves, Batteries, Bluetooth Headsets and Bluetooth Car Kits, Car Holders, Cases and Skins, Data Cables, Earbuds and Headsets, Keyboard and Protectors, Memory Cards, Screen Protectors, Speakers and Docks as well as Stylus and Pens.
Sales of tablets like Galaxy Note and LG’s Optimus Vu are expected to surpass 208 million in 2015. ABI describes the trend as “the dawn of the tablet era”. HTC, LG and Huawei are all expected to release their own devices later this year.