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Windows 7: Worldwide tablet sales drop 35.7% after the holidays


03 May 2014   #1

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Worldwide tablet sales drop 35.7% after the holidays

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The latest market research is clear on what's happening in the tablet market and there is some cause for alarm:

Worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 shipments slipped to 50.4 million units in the first calendar quarter of 2014 (1Q14) according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. The total represents a sequential decline of -35.7% from the high-volume holiday quarter and just 3.9% growth over the same period a year ago. The slowdown was felt across operating systems and screen sizes and likely points to an even more challenging year ahead for the category.
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03 May 2014   #2

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Hi there

DOESN'T ANYBODY understand anything about business.

Once you have a Mature / Saturated market your sales ALWAYS go down (unless the product is so shoddily made that it only lasts 5 mins in the first place) -- added to which the "Novelty" factor also wears off so the "Fanbois" don't have any crowing to do as the devices aren't that special any more.

I'm totally amazed by people saying Look at this market it's growing by 30 / 40 / even 50% a year and then expect it to continue at that rate for ever.

In any case with decent (and cheaper) smart phones some people are already discovering a tablet - especially the smaller 7 inch models don't bring much extra to the table that they don't otherwise have already with their smart phone and are also finding out the real limitations of these devices when they try to use them as total computer replacements.

Any sensible business could predict this type of stuff happening and gear production and markets accordingly.

Cheers
jimbo
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03 May 2014   #3

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This part of the article was a joke:

Tablet makers have also done a relatively poor job of getting their products into the hands of businesses where there are clear advantages to these devices over traditional desktops and computing terminals. There is still a great deal of opportunity to create service and applications that highlight the value of tablets as workplace tools over and above traditional PCs, for example.

What kind of office does the author work in? What are these so-called "clear" advantages? I'd like to see him produce a large spreadsheet on a tablet faster, more easily, and more time and cost effectively than on a PC. Or a day trader depend on the single tiny screen of a tablet to replace her/his present multi-screen monitors. What about CAD? Or 3-D CAD? Video editing? I'm not saying that tablets wouldn't have a place in the office but there is no way they can replace full keyboards and large monitors. No touch system can match the precision on a mouse.
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03 May 2014   #4

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You are correct jimbo. The new in things for the new poke and pray crowed has got old quick.
Their will be something new come out and they will buy it to be included in the new in crowed again.
Then we will hear the stories again how the PC and Laptop will disappear shortly.
Their will always be something new to sell to access the internet.
By the way; be able to access the internet is the new standard for being a computer GURU for the Poke and Pray in group.
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03 May 2014   #5

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Hi there

Tablets in businesses -- that's also a comment not worthy of using up the precious Oxygen it needs to mouth those 3 words.

Presentations - yes -- I agree going to a meeting and attaching a projector to a tablet is a lot more convenient than taking a laptop with all its paraphanalia (Mouse, power supply etc) - but for GIVING a presentation - not for CREATING one.

For CREATING anything a tablet doesn't even make it to the starting blocks - especially if you are making an AV presentation with lots of video or a complex spread sheet, or a decent Powerpoint presentation with lots of complex figures, graphs, texts etc etc.

But We've been done this route before so it's a bit of "Groundhog Day".

Cheers
jimbo
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03 May 2014   #6

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Tablets have a clear place in some businesses. My mover came out for an estimate. All of the traditional paperwork, with estimate sheets, item tallies, etc. ... were done on a tablet. Tablets are ideal for all sorts of field work.

But that's the point. They're great for field work. In the office, they won't substitute for a proper desktop workstation.
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04 May 2014   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
What kind of office does the author work in? What are these so-called "clear" advantages? I'd like to see him produce a large spreadsheet on a tablet faster, more easily, and more time and cost effectively than on a PC. Or a day trader depend on the single tiny screen of a tablet to replace her/his present multi-screen monitors. What about CAD? Or 3-D CAD? Video editing? I'm not saying that tablets wouldn't have a place in the office but there is no way they can replace full keyboards and large monitors. No touch system can match the precision of a mouse.
My 3 AutoCad rigs have 2 small 23inch monitors each.
We have tried single larger ... but the troops complained, they preferred (as I do) dual monitors, max at 23inch.

How is a tablet or even laptop going to accommodate AutoCad.
And poke screens and mouse pads with AutoCad ... ???
Some of my Excel VBA addins have 10+ worksheets of tables, try that on a tablet, even a laptop is not enough real estate.
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06 May 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GrayGhost2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald
What kind of office does the author work in? What are these so-called "clear" advantages? I'd like to see him produce a large spreadsheet on a tablet faster, more easily, and more time and cost effectively than on a PC. Or a day trader depend on the single tiny screen of a tablet to replace her/his present multi-screen monitors. What about CAD? Or 3-D CAD? Video editing? I'm not saying that tablets wouldn't have a place in the office but there is no way they can replace full keyboards and large monitors. No touch system can match the precision of a mouse.
My 3 AutoCad rigs have 2 small 23inch monitors each.
We have tried single larger ... but the troops complained, they preferred (as I do) dual monitors, max at 23inch.

How is a tablet or even laptop going to accommodate AutoCad.
And poke screens and mouse pads with AutoCad ... ???
Some of my Excel VBA addins have 10+ worksheets of tables, try that on a tablet, even a laptop is not enough real estate.
Hi there

@GreyGhost

Funnily enough while I like a HUGE (50 inch or so) monitor for some things other applications are much better served by two or 3 smaller monitors like your autocad -- or if you do say "Day trading" - where you want say level 1 real time data from the markets etc.

Tablets aren't even in the imagination when it comes to this sort of stuff -- for movies / small video presentations to an external projector, simple email etc - perhaps - but you can do all that with SCREEN MIRRORING on most smart phones to full 1080p output.

Cheers
jimbo
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06 May 2014   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
This part of the article was a joke:

Tablet makers have also done a relatively poor job of getting their products into the hands of businesses where there are clear advantages to these devices over traditional desktops and computing terminals. There is still a great deal of opportunity to create service and applications that highlight the value of tablets as workplace tools over and above traditional PCs, for example.

What kind of office does the author work in? What are these so-called "clear" advantages? I'd like to see him produce a large spreadsheet on a tablet faster, more easily, and more time and cost effectively than on a PC. Or a day trader depend on the single tiny screen of a tablet to replace her/his present multi-screen monitors. What about CAD? Or 3-D CAD? Video editing? I'm not saying that tablets wouldn't have a place in the office but there is no way they can replace full keyboards and large monitors. No touch system can match the precision on a mouse.
That paragraph sounds like something that Ballmer said right before he was fired for being such an arrogant self righteous butt head.

In case anybody is wondering Ballmer is the one responsible for ignoring the pleas of Billions of users complaining that they hated certain aspects of this Op system well before it was released and he blatantly ignored those complaints out of sheer arrogance and because he actually thought that tablets were going to replace desktops forever. Won't ever happen, not ever and anyone with half a brain could have figured this out.
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06 May 2014   #10

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I wouldn't go so far as to say tablets will never, not ever replace tablets but I'll probably be dead by the time it happens, if it happens.
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