Apples and Androids, What’s your Poison?

by Dale Wright

Have you chosen an Android tablet over a more expensive iPad 2? More and more people are opting for Android.

Android smartphones have been outselling Apple iPhones for a while, and it seems tablet sales might be going the same way. The launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a new low-cost tablet, could assist Samsung in encouraging a swing towards Android devices. Already, sales have increased more than ten times over last year, and the trend is likely to continue. Steve Jobs famously said he would spend Apple’s entire multi-billion pound wealth trying to destroy Android if he had to: Jobs saw Android as a rip-off of iOS.

In total, tablet sales have tripled in a year. New figures suggest as many as 27% of all tablet devices stocked worldwide are running Android. That’s 4.5 million Android tablets in total. The numbers don’t say how many of those tablets actually sold, though: many may still be in stock rooms waiting to be purchased.

Apple still boast 67% of all tablets sold, although if the Android figures are at all trustworthy, their grip on the market may have loosened slightly. The company have sold 32 million iPads since the product first launched last year, but previously held a massive 96% of market share, so it seems things are changing. Before, tablet accessory providers held on for every iPad release, with many making a killing from iPad 2 Cases but many are now diversifying their portfolios.

The Blackberry PlayBook limps into the chart with just 1% of tablet sales, and Microsoft are slightly ahead of RIM with 2% of sales.

Experts believe that Android apps have a reputation for being less secure which puts users off investing in Android for expensive tablet computers. Users also don’t have the benefit of choosing between different versions of apps for tablets and phones. A wide variety of hardware manufacturers means that Android is arguably less predictable in its compatibility: Apple retain tight control over the hardware, operating and apps for all their devices to ensure they run smoothly together. However, Android devices are generally much cheaper, making them more accessible for families and kids. That could be a big issue at Christmas.

Which OS will you choose for your next tablet PC: Android or iOS?