iPad Controls 82% of US Tablet Market

This probably isn’t going to come as a surprise to anyone, but Nielsen has released the results of a new survey of U.S. tablet owners in April, and, of course, Apple still retains 82% of the tablet market share. This is in spite of the release of new tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom.

Apple’s tablets are split fairly evenly between WiFi and 3G – 43% of iPad tablet owners have a WiFi only model and 39% have a 3G + WiFi model. Samsung has 4% of the tablet market share with the Galaxy Tab, Dell has 3% with its tablets, and Motorola Mobility has 2%. The remaining 9% is made up of other tablets. 

Clearly tablets based on the Android operating system are still just as unpopular, and there doesn’t seem to be anything great coming up. It stands to reason that Apple’s going to dominate the tablet market for the foreseeable future, but that’s not exactly shocking news.

What’s more interesting about Nielsen’s April survey is the information on how tablets have changed the use of PCs and other electronic devices. 35% of tablet owners who also own a desktop computer are reporting that they use their desktop computer less often or not at all, while 32% who owned laptops said they also used their laptop less often or never. Additionally, 27% of tablet owners who own an eReader use it less often, 27% who use portable media players use them less often, and 25% of tablet owners who own portable gaming consoles are using them less often or not at all.

It is definitely the era of the tablet right now. I know I’m certainly using my laptop less often in favor of the even more portable iPad, and my eReader hasn’t been turned on in months. Are your device usage habits inline with Nielsen’s results? Have your PCs and laptops been largely replaced with your iPad?

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