Tablet Boom Over So Soon, People Prefer Phablets Than Tablets

As phablets gain popularity in market, tablet shipments worldwide have dropped by 12% year-over-year to 67 million units in Q4 2014, which research firm Canalys has dubbed as the first ever decline after several quarters of sluggish demand.According to IT research firm Gartner, worldwide sales of tablets to end users reached 195.4 million units in 2013, a 68% increase on 2012.

Apple saw a decline in tablet shipments in the last quarter for the fourth time in a row after a brief spell of improvement in Q4 2013 following the launch of the iPad Air.

While Apple’s tablet shipments fell by 18%, Samsung’s recorded a 24% decline in sales.

The report said that Apple’s new phablet, iPhone 6 Plus, emerged as one of the big winners during the holiday season.