The iPad is by far the dominant tablet PC in the UK with a 73 percent share of the market, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTec.

The Financial Times reports that the next nearest competitor in the tablet market is Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which has a 5.9 percent share.

More than 3.6 million UK citizens now own a tablet, according to the report, which is roughly 7.6 percent of the population. This figure in November 2010 was just 2.8 percent.

Of those planning to buy a tablet PC, more than half said they would buy an iPad when questioned by Kantar Worldpanel ComTec. However, 28 percent said they were undecided on which brand they'd buy.

Other findings in the report include a 40 percent rate of smartphone ownership in the UK, with 70 percent of phones sold in the UK in the last three months being smartphones rather than feature phones.

According to investment bank JP Morgan global tablet shipments will hit 51.9 million in 2011, with Apple taking a 70.9 percent share of the market. Tablet sales will increase to 72.4 million in 2012, JP Morgan estimates, though Apple's market share will decline to 62.8 percent.

Apple and Samsung are also locked in a dispute over the Samsung Galaxy Tab range and whether Samsung's devices infringe on Apple's patents. A German court ruled late last week that sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be permanently blocked in the country.

Apple hasn't released any figures for iPad sales in the UK specifically, though an Australian court recently told the company that it might need to reveal these figures in order to strengthen its arguments for a similar ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.