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Apple’s iPad has become a major consumer electronics product category — in one quarter – says a new survey by Forrester Research. Apple sold 3.27 million iPads from its launch on April 3 though June 26.

Forester says 14% of Americans — 27 million people – plan on purchasing a tablet device next year. A similar study by the Magazine Publishers of America found that nearly 60 percent of U.S. consumers expect to purchase an e-reader or tablet within the next three years. Notably, iPad fans aren’t necessarily Apple worshippers: More iPad customers own HP computers than Macs.

Other tablets are expected from Archos, ASUS, Dell, Motorola, MSI, Samsung, Sharp, Google, ZTE, and others. LG plans to launch their tablet computer globally by the fourth quarter and will focus on the ability to create content.

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Apple’s iPad features 1024 × 768 pixels (aspect ratio 4:3), with 9.7 inch screen. Android 2.2 supports 800×480 screens while the new 3.0 version will supposedly support up to 1366×768 pixel displays and HDMI. Plug it in.

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