Apple Still Crushing Competitors with 69.6% Share of Tablet Market in Q2

New iPad vs. Competiton

Amazon’s Kindle Fire might be a success, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices might be attractive and available in nearly every screen size imaginable, but Apple’s still crushing the global tablet market. A new report from iSuppli found that Apple’s share of the entire tablet market was 69.6 percent during the second quarter, up 44.1 percent from the first quarter of this year.

Apple shipped 17 million iPads in total, compared to Samsung’s 2.25 million units shipped and Amazon’s 1.02 million units shipped. Samsung’s share of the tablet market was just 9.2 percent, up 2.8 percent from the first quarter of this year. Amazon’s tablet share was just 4.2 percent, down 13.3 percent overall. ASUS and Barnes & Noble pulled up the rear with a 2.8 percent share and a 1.9 percent share of the global tablet market, respectively. It doesn’t look like Apple’s dominance will change anytime soon, either.

“Apple is making all the right moves to rebuild its dominant position in the tablet space,” Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research for IHS said. “With the expected entrance of the 7-inch version of the iPad in September, Apple is sending a clear message that it plans to dominate this market over the long term. Apple’s major media tablet rivals, Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., hope to challenge Apple in the second half of the year, but will be facing formidable headwinds with no sign that the market leader is backing off of its aggressive strategy in the market.”

Apple’s success is largely attributed to the iPad brand and its identity in the global tablet market, something that other device makers have struggled with. iSuppli also said that satisfied iPad owners return to the iPad for their next purchase, too. “Vendors must understand that customers are not buying hardware, but that they are buying an experience,” Alexander said. “Users then want to carry that experience across multiple devices, creating an opening for the savvy vendor into a much larger sales opportunity than a single tablet.”


Resurrecting The RAZR Legacy With A Little MAXX


Motorola resurrected the RAZR branding late last year with the launch of the Android smartphone, RAZR. Staying true to its roots, the RAZR smartphone sports a sturdy, classy and ultra thin (7.1mm) design with a substantial battery life. It easily could have been one of our top recommendations at that point if not for the sluggish user experience caused by the bloated user interface (UI).

Is it a better buy than the RAZR?….

Motorola Razr Maxx
  Key highlights of the Motorola RAZR MAXX

  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display / 960 x 540 pixels
  • TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera / LED flash / 1080p video recording
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 145g
  • 130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99mm
  • Availability: Shipping since end June.

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Comparing Apple iPhone 4s vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

apple-iphone-4s_vs_samsung-galaxy-SIIIComparing two high end phones like these can be a tricky one so it’s a good idea to be as constructive as possible on the functions. When looking at functions, the foremost ones are video capture, still image sharpness and memory.

Physical Comparisons of Apple iPhone 4s vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III can be wirelessly charged so without plugs and wires. You can of course use a standard USB cable. The Samsung has much more battery power and is removable. The Samsung Galaxy is much lighter in weight and thinner so ergonomically more suitable.

The screen size is bigger than the iPhone 4s. Though users tend to forego the screen size in favour of storage capacity and the iPhone 4s offers 48.0 GB more storage.

Top Photo and Video Feature Comparisons of Apple iPhone 4s vs. Samsung Galaxy S III

There are traces of noise on still images with Samsung Galaxy S III being the slightly sharper candidate. Though, bear in mind, this is not a comparison to HTC One models here, but between two top phone models.

The Samsung has more mega pixels on the camera, 6.3x more and offers 1.5x higher screen resolution. That said, the iPhone 4s offers a dedicated camera button allowing you to snap photos easily.

The Samsung phone uses a technique called ghosting to compensate for a reduction in sharpness. The iphone lacks that effect. The iphone 4s handles white balance better than the Samsung’s denser colour saturation which produces a wider range of vibrant contrasting colours.

The iPhone 4s seems to be best at dealing with low light photos, and also when no flash is used. Such low light photos look more blurred but with much less noise than previous models.

In a nutshell, it should be noted that the Samsung produces sharper images than the iPhone 4s. A video captured on the Samsung phone can be watched on a HDTV through the HDMI input. Downloads are much faster on the Samsung model. Samsung Users can access Adobe Flash in the phone browser.

Both phones produce high quality 1080p HD video. Video footage appears to look lossless for exporting to your video editor on both phones.

Choose a model on pages such as Pricepanda Malaysia Those thinking about which smartphone to go for should check out the complete features and price comparison on this website.

Xperia Sony Tablet

Image source: Mobiflip

If you think the Tablet S and Tablet P are the last tablet devices from the Japanese company, you are dead wrong as leaked internal slides obtained by German news site Mobiflip reveal Sony’s plans to launch the next generation tablet under the Xperia branding.

Known as the “Xperia Sony Tablet”, the device appears to sport the unique form factor of the Sony Tablet S in a slimmer and lighter package. It will be encased in a splash-proof aluminum shell that is 42% thinner than the Tablet S.

Image source: Mobiflip

The Xperia Sony Tablet will run on NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 “or later”, and comes in three storage capacities: 16GB (US$449.99), 32GB (US$549.99) and 64GB (US$649.99). It also will have 3G connectivity and a 6,600mAh battery which can provide up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.

Image source: Mobiflip

The Sony tablet will come with a range of accessories such as a keyboard cover (US$99.99), a keyboardless carrying cover (US$59.99), premium cover (US$79.99), a cradle (US$39.99), docking stand (US$99.99), simple stand (US$24.99) and dock speaker (US$119.99). Prices quoted are tentative.

Source: Mobiflip via The Verge

Samsung’s Monster 11.8 Inch Tablet With Retina-like Display

The Apple vs Samsung court battle started yesterday, and it’s already shed light on an upcoming tablet by the Korean company.The device – codenamed P10 – measures a monster 11.8-inches, which would make it Samsung’s biggest tablet to date.And it’ll also come packing a display on a par with that on Apple’s latest iPad.

Retina display

According to court documents, the screen will have a resolution of 2,560×1,600-pixels. That dwarfs the iPad’s 2,048×1,536-pixels, but spread over the larger screen (the iPad is just 9.7-inches), still has a mighty impressive 256 pixels per inch (ppi).The iPad’s screen is 264ppi, but Samsung’s should still be just as bright and sharp.And standing nearly 12-inches, it should look phenomenal.

August announcement?

Samsung is holding an event in mid-August, pre-IFA, so it could well announce the monster tablet then. Or that could be the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 we saw back at CES in January, and haven’t heard much about since.The ‘P10’ tablet should have LTE connectivity, too. Though that’s not much good to us Brits, seeing as we don’t have LTE networks rolled out here yet.

The trial

These kinds of revelations are an upside to the court proceedings between Apple and Samsung. Previously Apple’s prototype iPhone mock-ups were revealed, along with a prospective iPad design that had a kickstand.The case is expected to last about a month. A jury of 10 people has now been selected, and they should be hearing the opening statements later today.

Via: The Verge

HTC Offers Explanation on Lack of ICS for the Desire HD



The seemingly never-ending tale of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Desire HD has added yet another chapter.

Owners of the HTC Desire HD originally received a bit of a surprise when the manufacturer announced that the single-core device would be amongst those that would get updated to Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich.   Three months later, however, things didn’t look as promising.  That was untilthe next day when things were looking up yet again … and five days later it was officially canceled.

Does no one in this world realize you shouldn’t toy with the emotions of smartphone owners?

HTC has now taken to its official blog to explain the reasoning behind the cancelation.

We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognize this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.

While the explanation is sure to not thrill all of those who had been looking forward to the update, we do have to say that it makes some sense. If it was not going to enhance the experience of using the phone, then why go through with it? There are custom ROMs out there for those who desperately want to get ICS on to their Desire HD, but for the vast majority of consumers out there with the device, it looks like you have reached the end of the line for operating system updates.