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Report: 95 Percent of Tablet Buyers Want an iPad

I have to admit, I understand why some people prefer Android phones. They just want a mobile device to make phone calls, and enjoy the occasional bells and whistles. They might not take a lot of photos with their phone, but that doesn't mean they never will.

Android allows people to test the waters of the smartphone without having to invest heavily in an iPhone (or maybe some people just hold a grudge against Steve Jobs). Whatever the reason, Apple fans are like film geeks pushing widescreen on people who want to watch Blu-ray in fullscreen. It doesn't make much sense, but who really cares. However, tablets are another story, a tablet is more of a privilege than a necessity to some. So it makes sense that more tablet buyers prefer the iPad over other devices.

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A report published by Robert W. Baird, a Milwaukee-based wealth management and analyst company, revealed that 95 percent of people who own a tablet or plan to buy a tablet prefer the iPad. Ten percent chose the Hewlett-Packard TouchPad, eight percent chose the Samsung Tab 10.1, and four percent preferred the BlackBerry Playbook.

Consumer Reports: iPad 2 Leads the Market

Consumer Reports looked at 10 of the top tablets on the market and this time Apple won big. The iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (32G) model came in first place when considering 17 criteria across the different tablets. Many features are universal to all the models tested, including touch screens, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity.

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The news is a refreshing change of pace for Apple after the magazine refused to recommend the iPhone 4 over antenna issues. Battery life was one area with huge differences, with the iPad 2 clocking over 12 hours of video play time. In contrast, the bottom rated Archos 70 Internet Tablet only lasted 3.8 hours on the same task.

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