"Though the iPad Mini launch helped Apple (AAPL) sell 22.9M iPads in calendar Q4, the company's tablet shipment share fell 810 bps Y/Y to 43.6%, per IDC. Samsung (SSNLF.PK), meanwhile, is estimated to have more than doubled its share to 15.1%. Amazon (AMZN), believed to have shipped 6M Kindle Fires, is given an 11.5% share (-440 bps Y/Y). Nexus 7 maker Asus is at 5.8% (+380 bps), and Barnes & Noble (BKS) at just 1.9% (-270 bps). IDC believes total shipments rose 75% Y/Y to 52.5M (equal to 58% of PC shipments), and is forecasting 172.4M for 2013."
For every successful tablet there has been 5 unsuccessful ones. I'm not convinced a tablet, especially a RT tablet, is the cure to this bug NOK seems to have caught.
Personally, I would like to see a Verizon announcement, resolution to the Indian tax situation (and it better not be $2 billion), preliminary China numbers and/or a very strong increase in WP8 adoption... speaking of which, MS being silent on this isn't helping at all!
And in a couple of weeks at MWC another round of new product announcements should give it another push upwards.
I completely agree. A tablet is worthless. It's a waste of time and R&D money. If the MS surface itself with its slick keyboard cover and magnesium alloy construction did not sell then its not the hardware. It's the software. No Nokia tablet is getting bought except by Nokia fanboys.
All of the factors you mentioned are far more important. To the US consumer Nokia=phone. And it needs to be subsidized. Bringing out a $500 tablet in this market is like jumping off a cliff with no parachute.