Analysts explain that the average consumer keeps a tablet much longer than they do a smartphone. In fact, smartphones are exchanged by consumers every 18 months, while tablets are exchanged every three to five years. That's a significant difference.
But it's also something that makes tablets such an ideal investment for businesses. They're easy to use, and don't require a lot training.
"Many workers don't need a super display; they need something that's functional," says Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates. "A tablet is about doing a task instead of a general purpose device."
It seems the tablet has transitioned from being just another gadget to surf the Web on. In the past, tablets were associated more as your smartphone's stepsister, but now they're more closely related to your personal computer. In fact, we've even evaluated if you need a PC at all.
The answer is, in most cases you don't. To remain competitive in today's market, tablets have beefed up their performance over the past several years. Some tablets even look and function a lot like a laptop. Like the KomandoTab2 that comes with its own Bluetooth keyboard and Windows 10.
According to the survey, Windows-based tablets are projected to show the most growth—up to 123% over a three year period. Android tablets are also expected to grow by 73%, which is a faster rate than the 63% growth projected for the iPad.
Still, the numbers are on the rise, and with good reason. How do you feel about it? Do you agree with the results of this survey, or do you think a new trend will emerge? Let us know in the comments below.