iPad tablet share slips to 73 per cent

But sales of tablets surged in late 2010

Galaxy Tab provides greatest competition

The iPad’s share of the tablet space slipped to 73 per cent in the last quarter of 2010. That’s according to International Data Corporation (IDC), which says in a new report that tablet sales more than doubled to 10.1 million in the fourth quarter from 4.5 million in the third.

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While the iPad cornered 93 per cent of the market in the third quarter of last year, the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab in October meant it faced stiffer competition in the run up to Christmas. Sammy’s slate took 17 per cent of the market in the last three months of 2010.

IDC has said though that demand for the Galaxy Tab has been “stifled” by the iPad, with the research types reckoning the arrival of the iPad 2 will help Apple maintain around 70 per cent share, even with the launch of a slew of new Android Honeycomb rivals.

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Via MacRumors