The dawn of the great Android tablets is nigh, or at least TabletPCReview readers think it’s coming. Maybe it’s the excitement surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Tab or other tablets shown off at IFA, but 64% percent of respondents to the TabletPCReview Reader Survey want to see more coverage of the potential iPad killers as opposed to the 23% who want more iPad coverage.
Also, 77% of respondents plan to buy a tablet or eReader in the next 12 months, and many are looking to Google’s operating system or Windows 7 to power their device. Forty-eight percent of respondents claimed to have purchased, or they plan to purchase a traditional pen tablet, and 40% said the same for Android tablets.
Only 18% of readers have purchased or plan to purchase an Apple iPad, which came in third behind eReaders at 23%. The eReader number may be buoyed by the recent price drops of the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook and news of even further price cuts. Some analysts believe that eReaders could hit the $99 price point in the near future.
Of course, those number could change the minute Apple announces the next-generation iPad, which rumors indicate could happen sooner rather than later.
Tablets for Back to School
Only 14% of TPCR readers purchased a tablet or eReader for back to school, and of those, half were graduate students. The other half split evenly between undergrads and high school students.
When asked why they purchased a tablet or eReader for back to school, 88% claimed “as a study aid,” 81% cited “note taking,” and half planned to use their device for eTextbooks. Only 44% of students want a tablet or eReader for entertainment, 25% for educational video, and 14% want a tablet for illustration.
As part of the survey, respondents that entered their contact info will be entered in a random drawing during the week of September 20th for a chance to win a WikiReader. The winner will be notified via email.