iPad soars, Tablet PC snores… maybe

With all the buzz over iPad pre-sales figures (120,000150,000), I decided to check it against last year’s Tablet PC figures. Turning out to be more problematic than I thought.

It should come as little surprise that Tablet PC sales figures aren’t followed that closely, but I’m finding one million from one analyst and 3 to 4 million from another. No way to know whether they’re counting strictly Windows-based Tablet PCs or lumping others in there but the wildly disparate figures indicate how little anyone was paying attention.

I also dug up this little tidbit from 2005: “In the years to come, experts expect a significant sales increase, the value of this market leaping from $1.2 billion in 2004 to $5.4 billion in 2009, In-Stat announced.” Not bad if that 4M figure holds up, but pretty far off if it’s only 1M. I can only hope tablet sales tracking will improve now that people are watching the iPad.