The supremacy of tablets is now a forgone conclusion, with these mobile devices having taken up the top spot when it comes to technology gadgets in many markets. This year was more of the same.

Numbers from Pew Internet Research show that the overall market went up by 25 percent, and by the end of the year the total unit count is expected to reach around 285 million.

Not the most unsurprising news in the world when you consider the wide array and sheer variety of tablet types that are now available — from kiddie slates to gaming tablet, mainstream devices to rugged ones, there never has been a bigger selection.

But while companies like Microsoft, Apple, Samsung and more are doing their best to convince users to opt for their platforms, there have been some warnings that factors like these may lead to tablet fatigue from end users in the near future.

In fact, the tablet ecosystem is still quite young, these amazing numbers withstanding. What this means is that buyer’s attention could shift and change directions rather easily.

While up until now 9 and 10 inch tablets were the main focus, customers are now opting for smaller, 7 and 8 inch devices that offer the same levels of connectivity and feature sets, just in a more portable package that can be easily carried around.

Still, the tablet market also increased by 25 percent in 2012, so the opportunities are still there for tablet vendors, hardware makers and software developers to stake their claims.

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  • WillyThePooh

    So far, all my friends considering buying new computing device choose tablet in 2013. None pick desktop or laptop. Yesterday, one friend bought an iPad mini for his son. Those who think MS should strengthen the desktop mode of win8.1 are probably way behind the current trend. Correct way is to enhance the functionality of modern UI and the goal is to put desktop mode to the backseat.