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Will the tablet replace the PC

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    Will the tablet replace the PC


    A little while ago it was suggested that the PC is dying and people would work with tablets in the future. I was intrigued by the stipulation. I went to a tablet forum where I am a member and asked the question:

    http://androidforums.com/nexus-7/706...ly-tablet.html

    I got quite a few answers and one of the more interesting answers was this:

    If I had only Windows 8 (ugh!) I'd probably use the Nexus 7 instead...
    Consensus was that tablets are fine for information consumption. But for work, you need a PC.

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  2. #2


    USA, Idaho
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    Given time the tablet will replace the laptop first then over the years (probably many more) the desktop. The world is changing and changing at a faster rate then some folks realize. No one can be sure as to what form the tablet will take over the next ten years, and what form desktops will take. The only thing I can hope for is to be around to see what the future tablets/computers will look like along with how powerful they will be.

    Always remember Apple is very secretive about what they are working on, and now Microsoft is going in the same direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    A little while ago it was suggested that the PC is dying and people would work with tablets in the future. I was intrigued by the stipulation. I went to a tablet forum where I am a member and asked the question:

    http://androidforums.com/nexus-7/706...ly-tablet.html

    I got quite a few answers and one of the more interesting answers was this:

    If I had only Windows 8 (ugh!) I'd probably use the Nexus 7 instead...
    Consensus was that tablets are fine for information consumption. But for work, you need a PC.
    The functionality of tablets will have to be increased by a huge amount before they will take the place of PC-type machines. But, that doesn't mean that tablets will not outsell PC's--perhaps because of the data-consumption factor. Unfortunately, despite the quantity of data available, its quality is being decreased IMO. The superficiality of the available information is large, as is the amount of misinformation.
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    Lee, I hear you. For navigation you may manage with touch but for typing you still need a keyboard. And if I see these ridiculous 10" tablets with that itty bitty keyboard in front, I can only think that this is a retarded laptop.

    In that case I prefer my 7" Nexus. At least it is really portable and suffices for information consumption, entertainment, trip navigation and trip planning. And sometimes I even use it to make phone calls because I have no cell phone and the VoIP is free.
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  5. #5


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Consensus was that tablets are fine for information consumption. But for work, you need a PC.
    I think I understand the distinction you're trying to make (retail vs corporate), but I just want to point out that in the world of business, information consumption is work. Half my work day is involved with information consumption and my Windows RT tablet lets me do it anywhere I'm at. It's a good business tool now and with Outlook RT it'll be a workhorse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmeigs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Consensus was that tablets are fine for information consumption. But for work, you need a PC.
    I think I understand the distinction you're trying to make (retail vs corporate), but I just want to point out that in the world of business, information consumption is work. Half my work day is involved with information consumption and my Windows RT tablet lets me do it anywhere I'm at. It's a good business tool now and with Outlook RT it'll be a workhorse.
    Not just retail vs corporate. There are venues beyond just these two. The importance of information is not new. And, I can consume any information available to a tablet on a small easy to tote "PC." Personally, I take a 12" MacBook Air when I want something small, light, capable, and efficient in doing things. I take a tablet when I want to check my email and surf a bit.
    Last edited by znod; 07 Apr 2013 at 09:07.
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    Why is everybody so sold on the MacBook Air. There are much better and more powerful laptops for less money. And regarding the small form factor, there are quite a few Ultrabooks too - for less money. Just wondering.
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    Big bikes never replaced cars. Tablets are only for mobility and portability. It will not replace PCs in terms of productivity and efficiency.
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    All of them will continue to co-exist; each device, PC, laptop, tablet fills a need. There can be some overlap, but not everyone can do everything on a tablet. And who wants to stare at a small screen all day and use less than effective input methods?
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    USA, Idaho
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Lee, I hear you. For navigation you may manage with touch but for typing you still need a keyboard. And if I see these ridiculous 10" tablets with that itty bitty keyboard in front, I can only think that this is a retarded laptop.

    In that case I prefer my 7" Nexus. At least it is really portable and suffices for information consumption, entertainment, trip navigation and trip planning. And sometimes I even use it to make phone calls because I have no cell phone and the VoIP is free.
    Hi WHS,

    My youngest son (40) can type faster on his iPad 3G then must people can on a standard keyboard. People are learning, and some have even discovered that a Bluetooth Keyboard with a built in cover allows them to use a tablet in almost the same manner as a laptop. My oldest (44) travels of over the planet (his job), and he as replaced his laptop with a Surface pro thus with the keyboard he can do just about everything a laptop does.

    We who are over the magic number of sixty-five are being left behind, and sometimes it is just hard to see in what direction the younger generation is going. It is their world now; no longer ours.
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