New Study Reveals More Than One Third of Americans Now Own a Tablet

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  1. dgstorm

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    While it will be a little while before they catch up with smartphones, it certainly appears that tablets are making their way into consumers' hands at an every increasing pace. A new study performed by Pew Internet indicates that more than one third of all Americans now own a tablet of some kind; 34% to be precise. If you loosely count eReaders as a form of tablet, then that figure jumps up to 43%. Additionally, this is a 10% increase over the same study last year. This was the largest year-over-year increase in tablet and eReader ownership.

    At this rate of growth, Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and a smattering of other companies are going to have a great market to fight over for at least a few more years. I wonder how long it will be before tablets become as commonplace as smartphones and toasters?

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    Once more folks find apps like Tablet Talk , Text+ , Mighty Talk, etc and put them on their tablets the numbers will climb even more.

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    Who remembers...?...For a long time, the $399 price-point was the de facto standard. Toshiba, Acer, Asus, HP...while Samsung held itself a peg higher at around $500. What Amazon did that entirely changed the game was to shrink the everyone-has-10" display to 7" and more importantly, drop under the $200 price-point. Then all hell broke loose, and manufacturers started thinking out of the box...e.g., 8", reasonably-good pen solutions, phablets, etc. A tablet in every size and for every niche. And most surprising of all, even the never-over-Jobs'-dead-body (oops, sorry for that unfortunate twist of phrase) Apple iPad mini.

    On a personal note, what's impressed me most about the Nexus 7 FHD is how easy it is to hold, and yet how well it compares to the 10" display (especially for webpages) on larger tablets. I was a bit of a skeptic ("I've got a great phone and a great laptop -- I don't need ANYTHING to fill the gap!"). Anyway, my point is that it filled a need I didn't think I had, which is what (I suppose) good tech does.

    So yeah, kinda obvious in hindsight that tablets are doing so well. Make 'em fast, affordable, and easy to carry/view and you got a winner on your hands!

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    I've had a Tab 10.1 since it first came out. I've found I really don't need that big of a screen most of the time. I decided on a Note8 vs the big brother because of portability being even easier than my Tab. Since getting the Note2 I really don't need even the Note8 anymore for seeing things on my screen without my glasses.

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    I actually started thinking about getting a tablet for my wife for Christmas. I was told to seriously consider getting her the Nexus 7 for about $250. Is there another one I should be looking at in that price range? I personally do not own a tablet nor am I in any hurry to get one because for what I need a computer for I'd need USB ports and a larger screen.
     
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    I'm thinking of getting one my self. Any thought on whats good and what not ?
    I know there is a sister site for tablets but this gets alot more traffic.
    waiting to find out more about the new NEXUS 10,but there is no hype at all that i can find (was last years 10 that bad ? )
    maybe kindle
     
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    Those that I know with a nexus 10 are very pleased with theirs. I don't think there was anything bad about it, it just didn't sell that well. The 7" sold gobs of them.
    Are you set on a 10" screen?
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    Bought my mom and mother in law nexus 7 when they came out for $250 a year or so ago so they could stay "connected" on Facebook and read books. Then got my 1 year old 7" galaxy tab 2 for $120 to keep her occupied on long road trips. Now I use it more then I thought I would. I guess these things become convenient over time.
     
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    Not set on a 10in why are they to big ,to heavy, I don't no just asking .I just figured I had a 4.7in phone and a 17 in laptop and 10 in would fit in the middle.
    When it gets Closer to the time I will have to go out my hands on some

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    I'm not sure what my wife would like...the 7 inch screen or the bigger one either. From what I'm reading today since I just started researching, it appears more people prefer the smaller screens like the Nexus 7 eh?