A recent report from market research firm IDC revealed while tablet sales are expected to remain strong this year, they did fail to meet optimistic expectations during the first quarter.

According to the report, tablet sales worldwide slipped by 28 percent in the first quarter, reaching 7.2 million units. Given the high levels of enthusiasm surrounding the technology in 2010, however, it should not be entirely surprising that the honeymoon was bound to come to an end.

IDC noted that seasonality was one of the main factors in the lower shipments. After seeing high sales during the winter holiday season, it seemed people were less inclined to buy tablets in honor of St. Patrick's Day and President's Day.

This isn't too say that the world will not enjoy a long and happy love affair with the media tablet. On the contrary, despite the first-quarter decline, IDC raised its tablet shipment expectations for the entire year to 53.5 million units, up from 50.4 million.

While Apple's iPad is expected to lead the tablet market for the foreseeable future, the addition of competing devices will also contribute to the growth. This year has already seen the release of tablets from the likes of Samsung, Research In Motion and HP.