Despite the relative newness of the technology, media tablets have been nothing short of a sensation recently. And, according to a new study from Compass Intelligence, Tablet Mania isn't likely to die down any time soon.
In a survey of 1,103 consumers, the study revealed that more than one in five respondents plan to purchase tablet within the next 12 months. Additionally, 35 percent of respondents also said they were interested in technology but haven't made immediate purchasing plans yet.
Apple's iPad is expected to be the most popular tablet, as it has been for more than a year now. However, new devices based on Google's Android as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook from Research In Motion are likely to find some favor as well.
As of yet, tablets are mainly used for entertainment and recreational purposes, the report noted. But going forward, more business users are expected to adopt the technology as a means of increasing mobility and productivity.
A recent IDC report found tablet sales actually dipped in the first quarter of 2011, after coming off a strong holiday season. However, the research firm also increased its estimates for the entire year, predicting tablet sales to reach more than 53 million units.