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Do you think Tablets will replace laptops in the future?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by scottw324 View Post
    90 something percent of my computing needs are done via iPad rMini or my Asus Transformer T100 hybrid. My desktop runs the media server for the house but that is about it. The rest of the time I use my tablets. Still trying to figure out which one I will stick with and which I will sell. The ipad I have used for awhile now and I am very familiar with. The windows tablets not so much. Still trying to get my head around the different options for both.

    Either way though, yes, I think tablets are going to take over laptops.
    If you can run 90% on toys, you must not have a lot of computing needs. I have an Asus Transformer myself (and a Nexus 7 and a Win8 phone) but I do not see myself encoding videos or making PowerPoint presentations like this one on these devices. The toys are nice for information consumption, but anything that needs CPU or GPU muscle or a lot of typing or a big screen is impossible to perform.

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  2. #12


    If all you are doing is accessing Facebook, light web browsing, watching movies, and maybe light gaming or sending a few quick email messages, then a tablet is probably all you need. That description may well describe most people. But most is not all. For anyone doing substantial text input or detailed interaction with an application, and many people do that everyday, the use of a tablet is going to be a painful experience. The problems are inherent in the design of a tablet and aren't going to go away with improved technology.

    Tablets are also going to have problems with performance. The faster an electronic device operates the more power it will consume and the more heat it will generate. That is the laws of physics and better technology can't change that. Tablets will receive performance benefits from improved technology but will always be left behind by laptops.

    There is room in the market for both laptops and tablets. The market share of tablets will rise, but there is a limit. There is a substantial segment of the market that a tablet cannot fill, and neither can a desktop. And that is likely to remain so for the forseeable future.
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  3. #13


    Who says a tablet has to be small and be hand held? This one will have all the resources needed to perform just about anything.

    Microsoft Windows 8 Touchscreen Coffee Table | Gadgets, Home Stuff | CoolPile.com

    Well, ok, it's a table-ette.
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  4. #14


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    No I don't. But f I need to do some work at home I can use one of the two windows tablets versus my iPad. If I am going to do video encoding or conversion I will have my Mac Mini do the major lifting. The tablets are just a laptop replacement for the most part for my normal every day computing needs.
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  5. #15


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    Of course Tablet will replace computer! The thing is actually, tablet are not up to date. You just have to think about flashplayer for Android. But don't worry. This day is not to far yet.

    Lievre
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  6. #16


    Laptops...maybe.
    Desktops... never !



    ~edit~

    I think that in a near future that already began, we will have mobiles keeping people connected and realizing amazing everyday tasks, working like personal assistants, while smaller and more powerful and ecologic desktops will do the muscle job, specially in games, media editing and modeling software.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lievre View Post
    Of course Tablet will replace computer! The thing is actually, tablet are not up to date. You just have to think about flashplayer for Android. But don't worry. This day is not to far yet.

    Lievre
    I don't see this happening at all. Maybe for the 'web consumers' but not for people who do any serious work.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by ainteinstein View Post
    No, I don't believe so. One of the biggest draw backs is the issue of tablets and I shall throw in laptops, the inability of being able to be left on for any length of time. Even desktops need to be properly "cooled". But even the simplest desktop is a workhorse compared to the others. Oh and I forgot to add that from what I have heard, there battery life is not all that up to par. One is basically as mobile as the next outlet. Now a tablet and I shall throw in the smartphones, too, are I guess great, if you just want to check your facebook status, but if you really use a computer? No. I like my big screen and keyboard.
    Tablets and laptops can be left on for a long time as they only use incredibly low amounts of power to run and cooling isn't so much of an issue since Atom processors and the latest crop of Intel i-Series processors don't dissipate so much heat. Battery life of the latest generation of tablets and laptops can range from at least 10-17 hours, some 2-in-1s even have dual batteries; one in the tablet section and one in the keyboard section.
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  9. #19


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    I do see the 2-in-1 hybrids taking over. They're tablets when you want them, laptops when need be. Ideally, OEMs should design their tablets more like the Surface Pro instead of the ipad is they are to be taken more seriously as a work device. A tablet that can't even stand, quite literally, on its own was meant as an internet appliance. The ipad is the definition of such; the idea of an ipad to be used for things a Windows PC has done for decades is nonsense.

    In an ideal world, Windows tablets should have some kind of physical keyboard (preferably wireless), built in kickstand, and stylus (preferably pressure sensitive with palm block technology) at a proper price range. The Surface Pro is a lovely device, but $1,000 dollars for it just seems to high for me when I spent almost $1,100 on my desktop rebuild.

    Then and only then, I'd say tablets can respectively replace most other form factors.
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  10. #20


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    The Surface Pro is a lovely device, but $1,000 dollars for it just seems to high for me when I spent almost $1,100 on my desktop rebuild.
    That's why I got the Transformer when it was on sale for $329. It is a great machine. Fast and flexible and the battery seems to last forever - they say 11 hours.

    The SSD is small but after installing Office and another dozen programs I still have 13.5GB of free space. All my user data is on the 64GB MicroSD card. I also put a couple of images on there - just in case. And should I ever need really large masses of data, I'll put them on my 128GB USB3 stick - I got it for $49.99. It is also good to run virtual machines off it.
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