Just like Android broke through the phone market and landed on top, it’s doing the same for the tablet market. In December, the Nexus 7 overtook the iPad in sales in Japan, according to Nikkei. Nikkei is Japan’s largest daily, and they reported on a survey of 2,400 electronics stores, finding out sales of their tablets. From the results, the iPad held a 40.1% market share in December while the Nexus 7 valiantly took 44.4%.
There are of course many factors to this. The iPad and the Nexus 7 are not direct competitors. The iPad Mini is closer, but there was a shortage of them at stores. However, the biggest factor is probably price. The Nexus 7 retails for $200, while the cheapest iPad Mini goes for $330. That’s a pretty good incentive to buy the Nexus 7 (along with the generally better specs).
But this is just the beginning. For all we know, it could lose the lead next month. But it has surpassed the iPad once, and it’ll eventually do it again, more and more often until it stays on top. This is how Android phones got to the top, and Android tablets will do the same. It’s good to see the beginning of this first hand. What do you guys think of the situation? Tell us in the comments!