The Apple iPad 2 is without a doubt the leader in the tablet computer market. There doesn’t seem to be any clear-cut choice for runner-up, but according to one financial analyst, Amazon might have grabbed that honor following impressive fourth quarter sales.
According to Jordan Rohan of Stiffel Nicolaus, Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet sold an estimated five to six million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. And that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has seen the Kindle evolve from basic e-reader to highly successful iPad alternative.
At $199, the Kindle Fire is one of the most affordable tablets in the market, with great value for the price range. Also, the recent Christmas season saw a huge spike in Kindle Fire sales, again owing to its inexpensive price tag.
Granted, six million units is a mere fraction of the iPad 2’s sales, but coming in second to Apple is an honor most companies can only dream about. As far as Android tablets go, marketing firm Flurry published figures last week showing the Kindle Fire slightly ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in terms of applications used.
Regarding iPad 3 scoop, most are still predicting the new device to be out sometime in March, or late this month at the earliest. Rumored features still vary greatly depending on sources.
In any case, many still foresee the iPad 3 to be powered by a quad-core processor and contain some form of high-end display that should be an improvement over its predecessor.