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iPads: Owning one tablet just isn't enough for some

Popularity with the kids means two iPad households aren't as uncommon

Popularity with the kids means two iPad households aren't as uncommon

With the arrival of Apple's iPad in 2010 and with tablet PCs moving into the mainstream it seems that one tablet device just isn't enough for some households.

More than 7.5 million iPads have been sold since the device was launched in April 2010 and analyst house Gartner predicts that around 20 million tablet devices will have been sold by the end of the year.

And now it has been revealed that around one in six (17 per cent) of iPad owners have more than one tablet device in their home - either owned by themselves or another member of the household.

According to YouGov's UK TabletTrack study - which quizzed just over 4,500 iPad owners - the main reason for having more than one tablet device is that other family members also want to use gadget.

Homes with more than one iPad have contributed to the device's 7.5 million sales since its launch in April

Homes with more than one iPad have contributed to the device's 7.5 million sales since its launch in April
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More than a third (37 per cent) of iPad owners said their partners also use their Apple tablet while 14 per cent of respondents said they had bought an extra tablet for their children to use.

As well as those who already have more than one tablet in their home, a further 19 per cent said they are thinking about buying an additional tablet computer in the future.

And it seems that iPad owners are a loyal bunch with 71 per cent saying they would buy another Apple device.

But for other manufacturers hoping to challenge Apple's dominance in the tablet market, there was the good news in that 18 per cent of iPad owners would consider buying another type of tablet device in the future.

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