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Windows 7: Tablets to Top Laptops This Year, All PCs in 2015


30 May 2013   #1

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Tablets to Top Laptops This Year, All PCs in 2015

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It's long been said that tablets will at some point become more popular than laptops, but according to a new forecast from IDC, that shift is poised to occur this year.

The market research firm predicted that tablet shipments will grow 58.7 percent year over year in 2013 to reach 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million last year. Meanwhile, the "slumping PC market" is expected to see negative growth for a second consecutive year as tablet shipments outpace laptop shipments in 2013, and exceed the entire PC market - including desktops - by 2015.
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30 May 2013   #2

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Well, people have been keeping their laptops for much longer recently while trying a taste of tablet computing which have advantages such as fast access to daily tasks like checking e-mail, Facebook, News and Weather etc. That trend will continue but laptop and PC market will not die.
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31 May 2013   #3
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. . .nothing last forever. . .except death and taxes. . .
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31 May 2013   #4

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Hi there
I'm not so sure -- certainly IMO the small (< 8 inch) tablets will NOT be hugely popular -- too big to fit easily in a pocket, they look REDICULOUS if you try and use them as a phone (like those "Phablets") and are SLOWER on Wifi than new 4G Phones -- so if you have say a Samsung S4 smartphone (screen just under 5 inches) which is just about the largest pocket size phone out there you'd be far better off with that rather than have to carry a tablet as well that doesn't really offer a huge amount of bigger screen real estate anyway.

I can see people going for 11 inch tablets for some portable applications - the limitations of the 8 inch and smaller just don't seem to me to warrant buying one when I already have a decent smart phone.

Laptops strangely will probably make some sort of "Bounce Back" in 2015 -- more and more large companies are going down the BYOD (Bring your own device) route -- that way they avoid the whole Windows 7 / W8 / constant hardware and software upgrade ritual and can save 100,000's of dollars on avoiding costly updates every few years --just upgrade servers and provide a platform for users to logon with their own gear. I know already a lot of users often have MUCH BETTER gear at home than they get to use at work anyway so the BYOD policy is usually a popular one -- although it's not as easy to implement as it sounds.

So I think the forecast is wrong on ALL counts --small tablets will IMO become just a toy - not very useful -- and look STUPID if you try and use them as a phone -- a smartphone does a better job - especially now on WiFi with 4G speeds, laptops WILL get a small bounce back in 2015 due to the BYOD policy of a lot of companies and 11 inch or so tablets WILL be the most popular -- as these are reasonably portable and have screen sizes capable of being USED for serious applications.

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31 May 2013   #5

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Yeah BYOD sounds horrid for IT support folks.

I can just hear the people trying to get all their PC issues solved....
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02 Jun 2013   #6

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I think the Haswell chips will provide some crazy performance growth for Tablets and Lappy's. But the rumor of my desktop's demise is highly overrated, but as I do more then just email, browser searches and social media I could be in the minority......sad really sad !
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03 Jun 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
small tablets will IMO become just a toy - not very useful -- and look STUPID if you try and use them as a phone
I have seen a lot of reports saying that people in developing countries (not third world mind me) tend to prefer phablets (yes, the small tablets) because it's a crossbreed and can do tablet and phone decently enough.

I still don't understand how can someone watch a movie on such a device (even on a full-blown tablet) and be entertained, but I was already proven wrong on electronic cigarettes so yeah...
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03 Jun 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
small tablets will IMO become just a toy - not very useful -- and look STUPID if you try and use them as a phone
I have seen a lot of reports saying that people in developing countries (not third world mind me) tend to prefer phablets (yes, the small tablets) because it's a crossbreed and can do tablet and phone decently enough.

I still don't understand how can someone watch a movie on such a device (even on a full-blown tablet) and be entertained, but I was already proven wrong on electronic cigarettes so yeah...

Hi there.

Electronic cigarettes appear to be just as irritating for Non Smokers as the "Real Deal". We've just passed a law that treats them as "Standard Cigarettes" so people have to go outside Bars/Restaurants/Work places etc to "Smoke" these just like normal cigarettes. These cigarettes were (are ?) just a "Nine days wonder" so I think comparison with tablets might be more accurate than you think

Tablets won't replace PC's for those who need a PC - the volume of PC sales will be much less in future of course -- hardware doesn't need upgrading often any more and therefore volumes will be tiny compared with past sales -- obvious enough to me. It's nothing to do with the OS that's on the PC -- even APPLE is not selling as many as they used to.

Most people I've seen who use "Phablets" very rapidly get fed up with them after they've tried using these as ridiculous looking phones in crowded places and see people either laughing at them or more commonly just pitying them.

Cheers
jimbo
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03 Jun 2013   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Tablets won't replace PC's for those who need a PC - the volume of PC sales will be much less in future of course -- hardware doesn't need upgrading often any more and therefore volumes will be tiny compared with past sales -- obvious enough to me. It's nothing to do with the OS that's on the PC -- even APPLE is not selling as many as they used to.
Given that W8.1 supposedly supports so-called 4K monitors (they aren't 4K in any dimension, they should be called 2160p) we will soon need more powerful desktops to be able to edit video and screenshots for that format.

Lets see someone do that on a 5" phone or 7" tablet in a reasonable time frame (i.e. before the battery dies).
That applies to the "Cloud" too.
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03 Jun 2013   #10

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I was in a V.F.W Post and notice a long time compute person and his wife were their. I approached because I notice he was using a tablet. We talked while he was on a website for gardeners.
I was wondering who else is living in their home that they had to come to a V.F.W. Post to access the net and check out flower seeds. I don't think it was their two dog or the bird that sits in a cage and does nothing raising hell about internet use so they must have gotten a kitten who lay down the law about internet use at home.
May be it was the kitten using Facebook at home using all the bandwidth. The dogs don't use the internet because their large paws don't work well with keyboards and mouse and the damn bird never gets out of the cage. Yep it must be a new kitten. What else could it be?

Their is a place and time for just about anything one wants to do.
You will not get cancer talking to live people in person.
After a short period of withdrawals you will be able to go into the public without talking on a phone or using a tablet.
Believe me it can be done and without medication.
Then tablet sales will have a downward thread.
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