The iPad is not yet 1.5 years old, and Android tablets are approaching their first anniversary. But while one product is mature and selling well, the other is still struggling to find success, and with some good reasons – the fragmentation that plagues Android smartphones is worse on tablete; app compatibility restrictions are often nonsensical; and the core design choices made are often counter-intuitive.
Marco Arment, the creator of InstaPaper and Marco.org has put together an amusing look at how the sales of all Android tablets compare to sales of some obscure video game console ‘failures’.
HP hasn’t released any sales figures for the TouchPad yet. I wonder if it will outsell the Virtual Boy this year.
I didn’t include the iPad’s approximately 30 million units on here because it distorted the graph’s scale too much.
As he notes, there are no numbers yet for the HP TouchPad, which would be very interesting to see especially in light of the recent mega-sale and price drop.
Another interesting chart would be to graph the iPad (>30 million) as a game system – and chart it against the PSP (~65 million) and the Nintendo DS (~160 million)!
What do you think about the Android Tablets you have seen? Are you planning to buy one any time soon, or like many others are you waiting for everyone (or someone) to ‘figure it out’?