In contrast with both recent market share and consumer survey data, 44% of non-tablet-owning IT...

In contrast with both recent market share and consumer survey data, 44% of non-tablet-owning IT professionals surveyed by IDG said their first tablet would be an Android (GOOG) device, compared with just 27% who said it would be an iPad (AAPL). IDG points out emerging markets buyers had more of a pro-Android tilt - that's likely a result of both lower price points, and the dominant share held by Android smartphones in many of those markets.

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  • gmmpa
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    This does not surprise me. Open architecture, good functionality, cheaper price will win ever time. Regarding the android tablets... The key thing to keep them competitive and desirable is high speed processors and high resolution. Cost is important but I believe that IT professionals will pony up for performance. Google's android OS is OK. I believe Google recognizes that it is key to the smartphones as well as other mobile platforms. They will keep it current and feature competitive with Apple and Microsoft.


    Google seems to understand that a marketing strategy to forgo short term profits for their android devices will payoff. It must get them in the hands of the consumer to gain market share. Hopefully they are right and it will payoff for shareholders in the future.


    I don't believe that smartphone platform will ever yield the advertising opportunities of the traditional PCs but the Tablets will. They will be the new netbooks, Kindles, Nooks, mobile video conferencing devices and maybe even the laptop replacements. I personally will not tolerate too many advertising distractions on my smartphone. I don't think that will happen. There are other active uses for smartphones that could generate profits that will also benefit the end uses. Time will tell as this build out unfolds. It will take a few years for the sector to mature. History repeats itself. So do the investment opportunities if we pay attention.
    15 Jun 2012, 10:55 PM Reply Like
  • mike946
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    @ gmmpa: Before embracing the "survey data" presented as confirming your own views in this area, did you really read what was said (and not) in the short print-bite ?? Ask:
    1) What percentage of IT Professionals are actually "non-tablet owning"?
    2) How/where were members of this unique sub-class of IT Professionals chosen to be "surveyed" ?
    3) What do you know about IDG as an independent, unbiased, agenda-less purveyor of market/financial statistics?


    I will share one of the major Truths of my life experience:
    The truth is, the truth is hard to come by!
    Statistics and surveys that create them, distort and negate more truth than they reveal. This is fundamentally because e v e r y o n e has an agenda
    18 Jun 2012, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • gmmpa
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    Mike... It is now 8 months after your last reply. My comment then were purely my own view of these devices and my personal experience as one of these IT Professionals surveyed. I can speak from experience that IT Professionals will buy one or more of those devices because it is their job to know what is being developed and the features and differences of each. I will leave it to the pollsters and mathematicians to criticize the method and the sample size. The build out of these devices has just begun even now 8 months later. IDG market/financial statistics were worthless then and are probably still worthless now.


    My question to you is what do you think about the devices being surveyed and the direction the manufacturers want to take them.
    27 Feb 2014, 04:26 AM Reply Like
  • mogando
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    "IT professionals" is just a nice term for nerdy geeks ... of course they favor the android anarchy approach


    iPad commands 60% of sales market share and probably 80+% of actual web browsing tablet share ..... that's the real vote
    16 Jun 2012, 01:09 AM Reply Like
  • lockman
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    Apple products are great for novices and older people. They are much easier to operate and more intuitive.
    If you like being locked into a ecosystem with certain products that meet your needs or desires, then so be it.
    All I ask is for Apple to make a phone that is as good as my S2 is for phone type features. Pads are like desert, tasty, but not required.
    16 Jun 2012, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS-2.0
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    perhaps "Flash" may be a factor?
    16 Jun 2012, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    I get a different conclusion. The laggard IT professionals who wait until they are sure they are following a crowd tend toward Android.


    Leading, trend-setting IT professionals would have had an iPad from day one, no? To get a look, if nothing else.


    If you were a CEO, would you hire a CIO who was waiting to see about tablets? To lead your company to the front of the pack in the current market?
    17 Jun 2012, 01:26 PM Reply Like
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