The iPad has dominated a lot of recent headlines for the wrong reason, as far as Apple is concerned. Its sales haven't grown like they used to previously, it is still growing, not just as much. I posted some thoughts on this recently. But this blogpost is not about its sales, well not just about its sales. Apple's iPhone was announced in 2007 and no one can argue that with it Apple (re-)invented the smartphone as we know it. After that it took competitors, mainly Google, some time to catch up. But by 2011, they seemed to have caught up, at least in terms of sales and being just good enough for many of the customers (depends on who you ask, as to what is more important). Sales and market share wise, iOS and Android in the smartphone industry are head to head at least in US in 2014. Globally a barrage of very cheap (around $100) so called smartphones have started dominating sales, but lets not go there. Now you can buy a HTC One or a Samsung Galaxy S5, in US for the same price as the iPhone 5S. Though I don't see these in the same league as Apple's iPhones, many seem to think so. So theoretically you can buy a smartphone that has comparable price and "value"to the iPhone in 2014 (probably even since 2011 or so).
But the iPad side of the story doesn't seem to be exactly analogous to the iPhone side. Though the iPad is "losing" marketshare (lets talk about marketshare, shall we?), almost everyone agrees it is losing marketshare to extremely cheap tablets (sub $100) that are solely used for single purposes, like cash registers or for watching videos, that too mostly in the East. Even in US, I can't think of even one tablet that is comparable to the iPad, in terms of cost and "value", like the above mentioned case with the iPhone. What is the reason for this anomaly? Why aren't the competition that caught up to the iPhone so easily (their ways might have been dubious, cough cough Samsung, but they at least caught up with the iPhone), not able to catch up with the iPad? I don't have exact answers to these questions, but the iPad is indeed the best tablet that anyone can buy at present (The Verge on the iPad ) and no other tablet comes, within a mile of it, even now, after almost four years of its introduction. Oh come on its o big deal, its just a bigger iPhone... is it not?