15. Android Tablets

Date: 2011

Apple's dominance of the tablet market is similar to that of Microsoft's control of the PC market in the '90s. As the interest in an iPad competitor gained momentum at the end of 2010, Google decided to work with its mobile and PC manufacturers to launch a new line of Android-based tablets for those seeking an alternative to Apple’s product. Unfortunately, high prices, an underdeveloped Honeycomb OS, and several renditions of the same device discouraged shoppers into purchasing the Android hardware. According to reports from NDP, the four biggest Android tablet makers (Asus, Acer, Samsung, and Motorola) sold an estimated 500,000 in the states for the first 10 months of the year. Apple sold 11.1 million iPads last September alone. Right now, Apple’s tablet market share is projected to top 75 percent by year’s end.