Touch-screen tablets are projected to be the fastest-growing segment of mobile computing devices, but neither carriers nor traditional computer retailers are as good at service and support as Apple's chain of stores. Look for touchscreen tablet vendors to pioneer new distribution channels silicon to Apple's Stores within two years. R. Colin Johnson @NextGenLog
IHS iSuppli's forecast of global touch-screen tablet sales, comparing Apple's iPad with PC-based tablets and "others" consisting mostly of Android-based units.
Here is what my Smarter Technology story says about touch-screen tablets: Touch-screen tablets are projected to be the fastest-growing segment of mobile computing device, but analysts are asking whether rival tablet sales will be hampered by poor sales outlets. Unit sales of touch-screen tablets will skyrocket by a factor of 12 by 2015, according to IHS' iSuppli, but Apple is the only vendor with sure-fire service and support outlets. As these other players enter the market to challenge Apple's lead, service and support may become a major differentiator...
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