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January 2, 2014

Half of the UK’s Population Use Some Kind of Tablet Device, According to Report

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Boosted by online promotions at many major retailers, as well as the release of several high-profile cheap tablets, such as the Tesco Hudl and Argos MyTablet, Deloitte estimates that between 12 and 13 million tablets were sold in the UK in 2013. This is an increase of more than 50 percent on last year, and means that by the end of January, half of Britons will own or have access to a tablet, up from 36 percent last summer.

Paul Lee, Deloitte’s head of technology, media and telecoms research, who oversaw the report, says that sales of smaller tablets (those with screens smaller than 8.5 inches, such as the Nexus 7, iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD), will soon overtake those of their larger counterparts, which inevitably often cost more.

Despite only being widespread since 2012, the research suggests that by the end of March, there will be 165 million smaller tablets in use worldwide, compared to 160 million of their larger siblings. The growing prevalence of such devices as gifts for children may be a crucial factor in this increase, with many parents purchasing separate, hardier tablets for their offspring rather than having to share.

“Tablets have gained popularity with extraordinary speed, and manufacturers will have to work hard to stay on top of the evolution of the market,” Lee said. “There appear to be more users and use cases for tablets than many had imagined. Getting the balance of form, function and price right will likely be a moving target during 2014, especially at the lower end of the market.”

Deloitte’s full research report, with more complete and detailed findings, will be released later this month.

Will Tablets get Bigger though?

January also marks the appearance of the unique A3-sized Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, a 20-inch tablet with a 4K resolution aimed at architects, photographers, and salespeople. With a price of £3638.00 well out the reach of normal households, at the moment.

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Panasonic Toughpad 4K UT-MB5

Tablets will also get bigger in reputation as they spread beyond our homes and offices to well, everywhere.

Kevin Curran, senior member at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Reader in Computer Science at the University of Ulster said:

“We can expect to see tablets infiltrating many public spaces such as cafes, airports, buses and taxis. “They require little maintenance and thus are suited to public spaces … it will be much more common to order food and drink from tablets in 2014.”

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini