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Windows 7: The PC lives --inspite of the New Ipad

07 Mar 2012   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
The PC lives --inspite of the New Ipad

Hi all
Since Gartner has predicted the demise of the PC with the launch of the new Ipad -- I can confidently predict nothing will be further from the truth.

Nothing wrong with the new Ipad (apart from it's price) but there are just some jobs that can ONLY be done on a PC (Complex Excel spread sheets comes to mind instantly as well as Photoshop).

The new Ipad is great for viewing multi-media / reading email etc -- but it's NOT a PC replacement -- and all those journalists who keep writing about the demise of the PC have never obviously had to prepare a Power Point presentation or use a complex spreadsheet or design complex Engineering blueprints etc.

If you take the OPPOSITE of whatever Gartner says you are more likely to be right.

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07 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 10 Workstation x64

iPads are great devices and I will be getting the new one when it hits the shelves in the next few weeks, but it's not PC!!! it is what it is....a tablet and without a doubt the best tablet on the market, but it's a completely different animal with different uses and as so it can never replace something it's just not comparable with.
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07 Mar 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


My roommate got an Ipad and excitedly announced he wouldn't be using his laptop any longer.

"What about your spreadsheets and Word?" I ask.

"I'll figure out how to do those on here," he replies. "Look at this cool keyboard," showing me an onscreen keyboard strangely missing numbers. Spreadsheets?

Well it's weeks later and he uses it on the sofa for everything he used his IPhone for before, nothing else except maybe the TV remote - and it stays by the sofa because he needs his IPhone when mobile, even upstairs.

The laptop is still used for everything it was before, too.

This is why I was surprised Win8 is being rolled out over Win7 since WIn7 only really needs (I guess) the touchscreen adaptations added on which annoy PC users.
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07 Mar 2012   #4

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
different argument -- but I LIKE the consumer preview of W8 -- not a finished article yet but it certainly COULD be used on tablets etc -- and once you get used to it the Metro UI isn't horrible either.

BTW I an also thinking of getting an Ipad but it won't be used as a replacement for a PC -- it's a totally different animal more akin to a Smart phone with a decent screen size than a computer.

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07 Mar 2012   #5
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

I saw an article a few Months ago and it showed the Tablet out selling the PC. But the PC sales were still going up and selling more each year.

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07 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Well, I've just ordered a new computer so that's me out of the iPad market for a little while.

I use Photoshop an awful lot and an iPad with a 27-inch screen would be a bit cumbersome to carry around even if I could use Photoshop on it.

That said, I think the iPad is great at what it does, but replacing a PC? No siree, no way.
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07 Mar 2012   #7

Win7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
I saw an article a few Months ago and it showed the Tablet out selling the PC. But the PC sales were still going up and selling more each year.


Most folks buying an Tablet already have a PC or are in a household that has one. The Tablet is an add it should be.
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07 Mar 2012   #8

7 Home Premium x64

When my laptop dies, I'm thinking I will be adopting a desktop+tablet combination. I was a massive tablet sceptic until mum got a Galaxy Tab, which I have used a bit, me likey.
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07 Mar 2012   #9

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

Yes, a tablet's not a PC replacement at all, but a complimentary device. As much as I would enjoy an iPad, given that I have enjoyed my 4th-gen Touch over this past year, if I was going to buy a tablet I would buy one of the Samsung Galaxy tablets.

Why? Because since I got my Galaxy Player 5.0, I've been freed of the need to convert all my videos, limit what audio files I use, and hey, I can view
So I would love to have one of the bigger Galaxy devices.
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08 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

It doesn't really matter if it's the iPad or any other tablet, at least to me. In this day and age, I simply fail to see the purpose of tablet "PCs". With a laptop to carry around, and a smartphone with Wi-fi (for situations where, idk, the lappy's battery dies or you just want to conserve it in case you actually need it for something else before charging it again) I don't see tablets fitting anywhere in between. It's not a phone, but it's not a PC either. It's not useful i.e. unique in its capabilities because there is nothing new to do on them that you can't already do on a lappy and/or a smartphone.
One could say that "it brings the best of both" but somehow I think that's totally far from the truth.

Especially the iPad... Why? It's an oversized iPhone... without a phone! Running the same iOS... I just don't get it. I don't think I can think of any situation where a tablet is better to use instead of either a smartphone or a laptop. Granted, if one chooses to not have a smartphone but just the basic necessities... again, why not use the laptop you're already carrying? Even if you don't have a laptop either it would certainly be cheaper and more useful than a tablet.
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