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Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

  1. #11


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    As to why PC sales are up ... XP support just ended, and there are hundreds upon hundreds of institutions still using their Pentium 4 or Pentium D machines with XP. It happens only in the rarest of occasions that they keep the computers and upgrade Windows, usually they just replace their computers altogether. The news article seems to back me up on this.

    But why are tablet sales down? Like you already mentioned, it's for media consumption. This particular content has been the same for years, and you can just as well view stuff on a 3 year old tablet, than a brand new one. I'd like to think most people upgrade their stuff only if necessary, that means when it breaks, or can't handle the ever evolving requirement of day-to-day use. Well, there is no such thing in the ARM segment. An .X264 fullHD 8Mbps video will stay an .X264 fullHD 8Mbps video, and so on.

    Most companies are trying to continue selling their ARM products at a constant rate by upping specs, (and only giving a limited 1-2 year support for the operating system in case of android), but there is just no need for any of that, if there is no content that would require more performance (or the newer version of the operating system).


    Look at x86/x64 ... the new gaming console generation is here, and suddenly my 5 year old HD4850 with 4GB of RAM is not sufficient anymore to run multi-platform games on maximum graphics. Suddenly 8GB of RAM and an HD7850 is the bare minimum for a modest gaming experience, with the added realism, that is slowly approaching the uncanny valley. THIS is progress!

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  2. #12


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    Not all progress is bad -- think of Cars with ABS brakes, zillions of decent safety features and clean emissions which are in relative terms far cheaper than cars of a decade ago.

    (I'll bet the "Tree Huggers" just Hate the idea of clean emission Cars -- the air coming from the exhausts of some of these modern engines is probably LESS polluted and Toxic than the air in their "Yurts"!"!!).

    Same with computers - modern hardware is relatively cheap -- you can do all sorts of things with modern computers that simply would have been impractical a few years ago.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #13


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    I don't think any progress is "bad", but if it doesn't serve to fulfill a purpose end users would benefit from, it has no use.
    Your typical target group - consumers of multimedia content - do not benefit from ever stronger ARM based hardware behind that touchscreen, and they realize that, this is why they don't bother buying the new products. Once manufacturers start cramming passable x86 hardware in there at affordable prices, sales will skyrocket again.

    I am an administrator at arguably one of the largest IT webshops of my country, and i base my assumptions on the feedbacks of costumers, new and old. My experiences might not be representative for other geographical regions, but the observations still make sense for most of them.
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  4. #14


    For bang-for-the-buck value, warranty, computational power, user-upgradability and user-serviceability, the PC has no peer. Portable devices cannot touch it. Nor are portable devices designed to do so--if they were, they'd no longer be portable--they'd be PCs...

    The tablet fad is winding down...4k monitors already being released at great prices are winding up. Younger people will now, hopefully, learn something of value about the difference between market fads and technologies with legs...!
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  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    Do you remember the discussion between Car Manufacturers and Windows (Bill Gates at the time)

    If Cars had advanced on the same pattern as Windows - they'd have been many 1000 X the price they are now, would need a new Engine after being used for about 10 times and would Stop after about the fourth Gas (Petrol UK / Benzine / Europe) tank refill for a complete Upgrade / Overhaul !!!!!..

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Tablets are nice when on the go but desktops and high end laptops are still necessary for serious work. Plus with the drop in prices, seems like every kid out there has some kind of tablet. Only so many kids to go around. Time to start making babies!
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  7. #17


    A tablet will never do what a pc can do...

    Serious work >> 3DCAD, Scientific, Production, Artistic (Corel X7), Adobe (CC), media processing ...
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    A tablet will never do what a pc can do...

    Serious work >> 3DCAD, Scientific, Production, Artistic (Corel X7), Adobe (CC), media processing ...
    I suppose it might. Too clumsy for me though for such things though. Gets back to what one likes I suppose. Personally besides browsing, email, watching video I don't use mine much, always back to something bigger with mouse and keyboard right there. And yea, I know there are mice and keyboards for tablets.
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  9. #19


    N. Calif
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    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    A tablet will never do what a pc can do...

    Serious work >> 3DCAD, Scientific, Production, Artistic (Corel X7), Adobe (CC), media processing ...
    However, there is a fairly large target market of consumers that don't do any of that type of computing. For many people, as long as they can do social networking and watch YouTube videos, they are happy. Tablets can do everything that these consumers want to do and more.
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  10. #20


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    The way I look at it is, "do I need that much computing power in a portable device?". I personally don't so I have no need to buy something like a Surface Pro 3. My laptop is actually overpowered for what I do on it but I like the big 17 inch screen and the full sized built in keyboard. It's a bit heavy but it usually only goes as far as the gazebo on my back deck. I'm retired and don't travel much. I'd rather spend the money on my desktop PC that I game on. If I was to buy a tablet it would be an inexpensive one.
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