About a week ago I was in my local bestbuy planning on purchasing a galaxy tab 10.1(the reviews made it sound like a great device, coupled with my complete lack of faith in apple fixing the mess that is itunes on my computer.) so i get to the front of the line and something that has never happened to me before occured: I had buyers regret before I got to the checkstand. I was thinking to my self why do I need this device? I thought about it, I have an awesome smartphone a 1200$ gaming rig at home, what can this do that they can't. So I put it back on the shelf got my self a new game called my girlfriend asked her if she wanted to go to dinner and saved 550 dollars that day.
I see the problem with tablets in general is their prices combined with consumer ignorance. Most people see tablets as a media consumption device with Internet. For alot of people this isn't worth 500-600$. Truth is most people are not tech enthusiasts they do not know how useful a tablet can be or not what it is capable of doing.
Right now even the ipad is not selling to its full potential. I think the competitors should have waited until ipads became more mainstream before diving into the market. Allow tablets to really take off then offered an alternative to the iphone. Right nowost tablet sales are to the faithful of the respective company and people with cash to throw away. Otherwise no one is buying tablets yet. However I think tablet sales in general are going to rise as the cheaper models are released. When people get a chance to see how a tablet can improve their lives they will want to get a better machine and upgrade to better models like the ipad or galaxy tab. Even better is companies like rent-a-center offering tablets to rent witch would also help to get people to use tablets. The problem is not marketing apple is doing a great job so is rim and samsung the problem is consumer demand does not exist yet for the most part.