What manufacturers are going to give Apple’s iPad a run for the money?
Well, maybe, although how big an opportunity that represents is open for debate.
Apple doesn’t break out U.S.-only sales figures, but in the last 9 months it sold more than 25 million iPads and took in $15.75 billion.
In the first 10 months of 2011 the iPad also-rans sold a total of 1.2 million tablets in the U.S. and took in only $415 million in retail revenue.
Moreover, the only tablet besides the iPad that was generating any real consumer interest in November, according to a ChangeWave survey released Monday, was Amazon’s AMZN Kindle Fire — a device not included in NPD’s report.
“Importantly,” the ChangeWave press release added, “with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (4%) no other manufacturer is garnering more than 1% of future tablet demand among consumers.”
Making matters worse — or better, from Apple’s point of view — is the fact that the ChangeWave survey was largely concluded before the first wave of Kindle Fire reviews appeared. See here for how those turned out.