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Windows 8 uncertainty blamed for decline in PC sales

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    The PC maker's president says Acer has done better with Google's Chrome-based notebooks than with Windows 8 devices.

    Acer: Windows 8 still not successful | Microsoft - CNET News




    And now to be joined by HP

    Spec sheet shows HP entering Chromebook market | Internet & Media - CNET News
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    It seems like this whole mess of categorizing devices started way back when. "PC" started with IBM versus the Mac in the early 80's with desktop computers. Aren't they both personal computers? None the less, they were categorized as such, both with different hardware architecture.

    We all referred PC as a desktop or tower computer that was IBM compatible so far as software was concerned. Mac software was, of course, written for the Mac.

    Now it seems "PC" refers to a lot of different devices. Can we call a pad a PC? Well, in some ways some are as some here stated. Can we call our smart phones PCs? In a sense we can, but they are limited. I suppose I could attach a keyboard via USB and a larger monitor via HDMI to my Droid here and call it a PC. I suppose I could use a mouse via Bluetooth also. It would then be a "full blown PC". Slow perhaps, but a PC just as well.

    I think it to be a big mistake for someone not copywriting the word "Pad" as perhaps MS, Apple, or whoever invented the darn thing should have. The iPad seems to have "stolen" the word and set precedence in a round about way of what people are calling a Pad. Personally I think it should have been called something different. We generally here know the differences, but I think the general public is getting confused, for they're starting to refer them as a "PC". Even lately here I've read other members referring to devices as a PC when I think it is not. But, that's me.

    All in all, much confusion and, as I now see, arguments over the matter. Perhaps there should be an association of manufacturers allied to set the record straight. We have it in other areas such as CD/DVDs, Bluetooth, etc. e.g. No confusion on the difference between a CD versus a DVD.

    Just my thoughts for whatever they're worth.
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    Tablets have been called a few things since inception, even Gigabyte still calls their tablets ''slates', but the word tablet has stuck wherever it involves any computer that looks like a tablet. Much the same happened when netbooks etc came out, what to call a tiny laptop? I simply don't understand why people are wound up about calling a Windows 8 tablet a tablet.
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    Basically, it what I have been trying to say. There is no definition, no distinction being made.
    There needs to be. Otherwise it just gets overwhelmingly confusing for a lot of people.
    Especially those that are not in the know.

    In all honesty, this is not only about the Surface Pro. It is about Pro Tablet Systems in General.
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    I had my HP desktop for over 5 years and only replaced it when the power supply went out. As I use my PC for just about everything I was leery of spending ~$100 for a new power supply and fearing my hard drive would crash, which happened to the PC I had before the HP. My new PC came with Windows 7 with the $15 upgrade to Win 8. All the business' I patronize are still using Win 7 Pro on old hardware.
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    I've witnessed a strange trends to which I cannot relate: people are using their smartphones for the majority of their browsing instead of their laptops/desktops. I don't do that AT ALL. I (like Jimfof1913) use my HP desktop heavily for web and otherwise much more than my mobile devices.

    I am clearly not the one responsible for such a decline. But more people are beginning to be hesitant about "lugging" a LAPTOP around anymore...they want tablets and smartphones.
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    Using a smartphone to browse the interwebs is just the most stupidest thing I've ever seen. Granted, if a PC or a phablet at least, isn't available, that's understandable. But when it's the main device you use, this is equivalent of using a bowling pin to shave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Using a smartphone to browse the interwebs is just the most stupidest thing I've ever seen. Granted, if a PC or a phablet at least, isn't available, that's understandable. But when it's the main device you use, this is equivalent of using a bowling pin to shave.
    Thank you, I couldn't agree more.
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    I know a lot of people who use their phones for internet browsing etc, a lot use something called Tapatalk for forums. When you have 20/20 vision like many younger people, a phone is as good as anything.
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