Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tablet poll results

The poll in which I basically wanted to find out how many of you own a tablet device is over and these are the results:

Question: Do you own a tablet device?

Yes, iPad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -205 (28%)
Yes, Android - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 94 (12%)
No, but I'll soon get one - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -70 (9%)
Nope, and it's not gonna happen soon - - - - -357 (49%)

Total votes: 726

First, let me thank everyone who participated in this poll. This is very usefull data, not only for me but for anyone who thinks about focusing his publishing efforts on tablet devices. Of course you have to take these results with a grain of salt because followers of this blog definitely don't represent the general public. On the other hand, I don't think that the figures are extremely warped because in order to be interested in the Wormworld Saga and following this blog you don't have to own a tablet device in the first place so there's essentially no reason why the readers of this blog should have an above the average inclination to own a tablet device. So, I guess you could transfer these results to the general internet readership that also has an interest in webcomics. Well, I'm not a statistics specialist so please draw your own assumptions here.

At least we can savely say that these figures are valid for the Wormworld Saga readership and I must say that I'm really surprised. My guess would have been that a lot less people already own a tablet device. That 40% already have one and 9% are heavily inclined to get one is really encouraging.

I also want to address that I understand that a lot of you are disappointed to learn that the app is released for tablet devices only. That was the plan right from the beginning but I see that this information was somewhat buried inside the kickstarter campaign up to this point. The reason why the Wormworld Saga App isn't released for smartphones is simply that smartphone screens are too small to experience the Wormworld Saga as it is meant to be experienced. I actually could imagine a dedicated phone app in which the layout would be altered so that you would see individual panels in fullscreen but that would mean to create a whole other app and it would have been too high a risk and too much work to create two apps at once. However, I will keep the option of a dedicated smartphone app in mind and if I happen to be able to gather the ressources for that, I will definitely do it. But maybe this issue will be obsolute in a year or so. Word is that the next generation of iPhones get a bigger screen with higher resolution and a lot of smartphones are already very close to the 1024 pixels that the Wormworld Saga needs on the wide side to be fully displayed. So, let's see how this develops.

The Wormworld Saga App is nearing completion. This week should see the first complete version with all features and I roughly plan to record a preview video for next week.


  1. I do find it hard to believe that of the 726 people in the poll, 100 own an Android tablet. Going by recent numbers (28+ million iPads, 1.2 million Android tablets), I think there might have been some extra clicks from the same people to inflate some values...

    Daniel, have you looked into what Comixology or PanelFly can offer?

  2. @K: you must have been misinformed. Android tablet sales are almost half as much as iPad sales. Check: http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=79468
    According to this site, 4.6 million Android tablets have been sold in the 2nd quarter of 2011. iPad got 9.3 million devices sold. So - almost half.

  3. Well, but iPads are on sale since last year. That figure made me rise an eyebrow, too. Of course you can't protect polls like that from manipulation. A cooky prevented you from voting more then once but this can be tricked of course. However, I looked after the results every few hours during the last week and there was no suspicious peak in the percentage of the Android tablets. The figure was stable over the whole week and that at least indicates for me that it is valid.

  4. Well, but I guess people who are interested in those things like "blogs" and "webcomics" or stuff like that are more likely to have a higher knowledge of technical concerns i.e. it is more likely that readers of this blog are having a higher percentage of android users due to the fact that android is very famous among... let's say intense web users ;) compared to the average population. You know what I mean... Apart from that I think there is also the possibility of some sympathy-voters for android

  5. @Excuit Your link talks about shipments, not sales. That's a crucial difference. Apple sells every iPad it makes, Samsung et al. - not so much.

    According to this article http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,776864,00.html (German) sales are pretty bad, and there are no official sales figures for Android tablets. But if you look at the statistics in the Android market, you can extrapolate that there are about 1,2 Mio Android tablets, compared to 9,25 Mio iPads sold in 3rd quarter of 2011 alone.

    But hey, maybe Android users have better taste in Web comics than Apple users. ;-)

  6. I discover your blog few months ago and i follow the updates of The WormWorld Saga! I'm wating your app ;-)

  7. Yeah, i'm very happy and all, but first of the app, i can't wait to read the new chapter!!

  8. So, what about an app for android-tablets?? Wormworldsaga is fantastic! This will be the first graphic novel for me to buy in 15 years since my last issue of the great "Lustiges Taschenbuch".

  9. Your choice, but The Wormwould Saga Chapher 1 looks great on HTC HD2 Windows 6.5 smartphone (its what they have given us at work and dont want / need 2 phones)

  10. Hey Daniel, just some food for thought, but the iPhone 4's screen resolution is almost as high as the iPad's:
    iPad: 1024 x 768
    iPhone 4: 960 x 640

    It's not 1:1, but that's some pretty sweet DPI there.

  11. OK, we Android users are under suspicion to have cheated in the poll - why not the iPad-Users? This is not a war about systems. Perhaps there are many techies hier and they - perhaps - prefer Android? I got both (part of my job), and I do enjoy the Saga online on my Pads. No (android) app - no problem...