Apple's iPad commands Q3 tablet sales

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The iPad - the overwhelming champion of the tablet market in the third quarter - enjoyed the market dominance its chief executive officer predicted last month.

Apple ( AAPL ) commanded 95 percent of tablet sales in July, August and September, according to a Strategy Analytics report and Forbes.com . Of the 4.4 tablets sold in the third quarter, 4.19 million were iPads. During the second quarter, 3.5 million tablets sold.

Both Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ ) and Research in Motion ( RIMM ) are devising and manufacturing competitors to Apple's iPad, but those machines have yet to see the market.

The chief executives of Research in Motion and Apple verbally sparred late last month over the iPad's dominance and Research in Motion's PlayBook. Steve Jobs of Apple said during a conference call that the status of his company's machine as customers' heavy favorite was unshakable. In response, Jim Balsillie of Research in Motion admonished Jobs for imposing on customers' thought processes.

Sales of Dell ( DELL ) and Motorola ( MOT ) tablets, which run on the Android manufactured by Google ( GOOG ), accounted for 2.3 percent of sales during the third quarter, which plunged from 2.9 percent in the second quarter.



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This article appears in: Personal Finance , Business

Referenced Stocks: AAPL , DELL , GOOG , HPQ , MOT , RIMM

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