According to IDC, sales of WiFi-only tablets in Australia surpassed sales of combines WiFi/3G versions in Q4 of 2011 and for the first time, accounting for 54% of the 644,000 units shipped in the quarter. This is a small step forward for the Android operating system.
Yee-Kuan Lau, market analyst for IDC ANZ, said: "Most new entrants started off by introducing WiFi only media tablets in early 2011 and this has gradually increased the WiFi-only unit share. At the same time, the WiFi/3G unit share started decreasing after the low cost media tablets such as Optus MyTab and Telstra T-Touch were discontinued."
In Q4 the iPad2 accounted for almost 84 percent of total sales and Android tablets 15 percent. In the Android segment Acer made the top position by a small margin, followed closely by Motorola and Asus.
IDC expects the Australian media tablet market to expand 50 percent year-on-year in 2012, while the New Zealand market is expected to bounce back from the impacts of the Christchurch earthquake with 70 percent year-on-year growth.
So, would you buy a tablet this year?