The Apple iPad is by far the most popular tablet for enterprise use, according to a recent study by mobile software developer Good Technology.
The company said that a recent customer survey found that the iPad and iPad 2 accounted for 95 per cent of tablet device activations in the past quarter.
Apple also took the lion's share of the handset space, accounting for roughly 66 per cent of customer smartphone activations in the quarter.
John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology, said that Apple's dominance in the tablet space is down to a combination of IT consumerisation and a preference to purchase the iPad for corporate use.
"Consumers prefer the iPad, and they are bringing them in the side door," he told V3.co.uk. "What we are seeing is many of our customers simultaneously purchasing large numbers of iPads for active deployment."
Herrema explained that, while the iPad currently dominates the tablet space, new and cheaper Android tablets could bring more consumers to the platform and shift the market share to numbers resembling the handset space.
Companies using tablets for business find them particularly well suited for presentations and customer interactions, according to Herrema, helping employees to better connect with customers and business partners in areas such as financial services and healthcare.
"Tablets combine that personal aspect of the interaction with the benefits of the technology such as instant-on and good battery life," he said.
Administrators, meanwhile, appear to be taking a lenient approach to locking down tablets. Shared devices tend to be more closely managed, but workers are often allowed to access the App Store and install personal applications on their iPads.
"There is still an expectation on the part of the end user that they are going to be able to use the App Store," Herrema said. "Companies are still typically allowing it to be turned on."
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