A measure of Android tablet popularity

by: Nate SwannerApril 12, 2013

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Do you have an Android tablet? According to a survey by Pew research, 25% of adults have a tablet of some sort, and the iPad is clearly leading the way. We’re not worried about them, though… we want to know about Android!

So, take a guess… which Android tablet do you think is the most popular? That sweet Nexus 7? Probably a Kindle Fire, right? I mean, it’s technically Android… so it counts. Is it a 10-inch tablet… or a 7-incher? Here are the results from Animoca, showing the following: Device, Market Share, Screen size.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 (includes p3100+p3113), 11.8%, 7
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, 8.3%, 10.1
  3. Amazon Kindle Fire, 7.5%, 7
  4.  Amazon Kindle Fire HD, 4.9%, 7
  5.  Samsung Galaxy Tab, 4.8%, 7
  6.  Asus Google Nexus 7, 3.8%, 7
  7.  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 3%, 10.1
  8.  Asus Transformer TF101, 0.9%, 10.1
  9.  Asus TF300, 0.9%, 10.1
  10.  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, 0.8%, 7.7
  11.  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, 0.7%, 8.9

Aside from the last two, which have different size screens, the 7 & 10-inch varieties are equally represented. Samsung also controls 60% of the list, which is not surprising as they produce new devices nearly constantly, saturating the market.

This is not a terribly precise poll, though. Animoca tracked who logged onto the Play Store to play one of their games, which is useful… but may not be finite. The number were tracked for a month, between mid-February to mid-March, and garnered nearly 1,000,000 users. A good sampling, and gives us a really good idea of what’s going on with Android Tablet usage. That’s just it, though… this represents usage… which might be a more accurate representation of popularity than sales.

We’re wondering… which Android tablet do you have?


  • juan lopez

    2 nexus 7 and a acer a100

  • Percentage of Play Store users? Kindle Fire doesn’t come with the Play Store. So for them to show up on this list means a TON of Android tablet users have side-loaded the Google Play app on their Kindle Fires.

  • Kassim

    Nexus 7.

    Would’ve had the Nexus 10 too if funds allowed…

  • Kiron Kemelfield

    Nexus 7

  • zombieman

    Original xoom

  • Mike A

    I have a Asus Transformer TF101 and my girl has a Nexus 7

  • Acer Iconia Tab A700

  • bokal philippines

    Sony xperia s tablet. And it is soooo goood

  • Manny710

    I have a Nexus 7, some minor problems with it but I enjoy it regardless.

  • lil bit

    I never found a tablet that i like. First of all, Tegra 3 devices lag and stutter so terrible, NOT an option, all the worst tablets i tried are Tegra 3. Then Nexus 10, not available at reasonable priecs, after all it has non-exapndable memory, then the price must be LOW. Then Note 10.1, low res and high price, truly a waste of money. The only one that could have worked for me was the Full HD Asus Infinity 3G, but i cant find it anywhere, the Infinity Wifi has Tegra 3 chipset and stutters like there is no tomorrow, and yes there SI no tomorrow for that and other Tegra 3 tablets, webbrowsing is WORSE than on a single core Cortex A5 device, wtf nvidia??

    So we bought a cheap tablet, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for temporary use, in the belief that Jelly Bean would come soon. Now its since forever that Samsung started seeding JB for this tablet but still no update, Samsung is really slow at updates, terrible. And this tablet NEED an update, performance is pretty low, and it lags to the degree that it goes unresponsive for a few milliseconds every now and then.

    Finally someone made a good android tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, but it was delayed so theres no joy quite yet. Nexus 10 is good for those who can accept the limited storage, but still it has low availability so cant say its the first good android tablet. Xperia Tablet Z will be the first, when it arrives. Now Samsung also need to make a great Full HD tablet and the war against iPad can finally start. As of today, ipad has zero competition from android.

    • I agree with all that you said. I have both the tab 2 7.0 and the note 10.1. Samsung is definitely going cheap. I am still waiting for the Experia Tablet z…..full HD, scratch resistant screen, water resistant, IR blaster–to a limit, for about the same price as everyone else.

  • George Doscher

    Nexus 7

  • Danie van der Merwe

    Samsung Galaxy Tab P-1000
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10″
    Samsung Galaxy Note 10″

  • Bruce Hahn

    Nexus 7. I am happy with it. The size makes it easy to carry to carry around. I wish it did not lag so much since I installed 4.2. I wish I could go back to 4.1.1 which did not lag so much.

  • Ed Leinheiser

    ASUS TF300- was the best when I bought it and is still a great tablet, price, specs, 32GB, Android 4.2 now-gets updated frequently. Its a Prime without the problems and less expensive materials…specs are still top notch….I’ve naturally just started using it all the time. Slow at first, now constantly with me…thinking a Win8 tablet next or another Android, maybe try an ipad. I’m retired drummer, disabled, tech toys are my playthings…….I can’t walk real good but I know my tech!!!!!

  • Robert Hutchinson

    Nexus 10, Galaxy Tab 7.7. My wife had a Nexus 7

  • Chris

    Nexus 7. Pure Android first to get updates

  • I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 and an Asus Transformer 10.1. My next will be an 8 inch. I think that will be the perfect screen size (for me).