The iPad is expected to maintain its dominance of the tablet market in 2011, despite the launch of numerous Android-powered rivals, according to analyst firm IMS Research.
Apple will consolidate its position at the top of the market with a 74 per cent share, in the face of competition from no fewer than 15 manufacturers with Android devices.
IMS Research forecasts that Google's Android will have 15.2 per cent of the tablet market next year, rising to 28.4 per cent in 2015 as sales of Apple devices begin to wane.
Enterprise uptake of tablets will depend on usability, applications and the wish to replace notebooks, explained Anna Hunt, a principal analyst at IMS Research.
"Apple was first to market, and the iPad has been successfully marketed as a device that complements smartphones and notebooks. It also has number of business apps, so it will be hard to displace," she told V3.co.uk.
"However, a number of major suppliers are favouring Google's platform on 7in devices, and firms that are market leaders in other areas are expected to do well."
Hunt tipped Samsung as a strong contender next year, having just shipped the Galaxy Tab which runs on the Android 2.2 platform.
The manufacturer has all the ingredients, including a strong brand name, distribution channels and presence in the smartphone market, to see success, according to Hunt.
RIM and HP, meanwhile, will release tablets with proprietary operating systems, which Hunt sees as a bold move that will differentiate their models from Android tablets.
IMS Research forecasts that just 7.8 per cent of worldwide tablet shipments in 2011 will be devices running an operating system other than iOS, Android or Windows.
Most of these will be RIM's QNX and HP's WebOS, and this segment is forecast to grow to 19.3 per of unit shipments in 2015.
However, it is unclear whether these devices will have sufficiently compelling content and user experiences to entice consumers, the analyst noted.
"RIM has done great things in the past and has a strong brand with BlackBerry. The manufacturer has a following and developer support, so it is a contender to gain a share in the tablet market if the PlayBook can complement the smartphone offering," said Hunt.
"The HP Slate 500 could struggle with a price tag of $799 [£500], but it runs Windows, which could attract users as it offers similar functionality to a notebook. However, users are likely to gravitate to lower price points."
IMS Research forecasts that Windows 7 will account for a very small percentage of tablet shipments during the next couple of years.
Tablets are not expected to replace notebooks in the near future, but netbook sales are expected to flatten out as tablets become more popular, Hunt added.
Freshly launched 11nm Qualcomm silicon will come with Adreno 612 GPU
Are pinning down the exact rate of expansion of the Hubble constant
RISC OS 5 to form the basis of RISC OS Open after Castle Technology sells to RISC OS Developments
A smartphone maker fiddling its benchmarking scores? That's unusual, isn't it?