However only 6% of respondents said they plan to buy a tablet. Notebooks still lead purchasing intentions with almost 35% saying that's what they expect to buy, with almost as many planning to buy a desktop. Less than 4% nominated a netbook, and a surprising 5.9% have no plans to ever purchase another computer.
"With the new iPad 2 and several more Android Honeycomb tablets bound for the tablet hungry Australian market, media tablets are undoubtedly a potential threat to the growth of other form factors in the PC market in 2011," said IDC analyst Amy Cheah. "Although IDC research and the empirical evidence show that the majority of media tablets are currently embraced as complementary devices, they are eating into consumers' share of wallet."
IDC's worldwide figures show the iPad as the runaway market leader in 4Q10 with 73% of units shipped. The Galaxy Tab was the closest competitor with 17%. Despite growing competition, the company expect Apple to retain a 70-80% share during 2011.