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Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

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    Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?


    When iPads first came out, they were hailed as the undoing of the PC. Finally, a cheap and reliable computing device for the average user instead of the complicated, quirky PC. After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing.” What happened?

    The tablet slowdown shouldn’t be a surprise given that tablets have hardly improved beyond relatively superficial changes in size, screen resolution, and processor speed. The initial market for tablets is now saturated: grandparents and kids have them, people bought them as Sonos controllers and such, and numerous households have them around for reading. People that want tablets have them, and there’s just no need to upgrade because they more than adequately perform their assigned tasks.

    Businesses and consumers alike are again purchasing PCs, and Mac sales are on the rise year-over-year. Businesses in particular are forced to upgrade older PCs now that Windows XP is no longer supported. When purchasing a new PC, the main driver to choose a PC versus a tablet is fairly obvious: If you are creating any type of content regularly, you need a keyboard, a larger screen, and (for most businesses) Microsoft Office.
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    Have you ever tried to run a spreadsheet on a touch-only tablet. #frustrating...
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    People are awaking from a bad dream... lol...



    I have some small devices too, but I'll always be a desktop fanboy !

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    Hi there

    I remember saying this MONTHS ago that once the tablet market is saturated PC sales will continue again -- not at the same rate as before of course - the market has changed but there are things you need or can only do on a PC (or decent convertible which is in everything but name a PC anyway).

    I think I (and loads of others) got ridiculed even on these forums by loads of posts hailing "The death or Demise" of the PC.

    I hope these people now are ready to eat their words.

    Cheers
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    I hope these people now are ready to eat their words.
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    Perhaps the move to a simpler, cheaper PC replacement will finally shift the cost/benefit equation such that these web applications will finally be upgraded or replaced with SaaS solutions.
    I believe that the exact opposite will occur.

    As hardware becomes cheaper, the (apparent) cost of software increases.

    When a PC cost a few thousand dollars, spending $500 on software didn't seem that bad.
    Now a PC costs a few hundred dollars, spending $500 on software seems excessive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Perhaps the move to a simpler, cheaper PC replacement will finally shift the cost/benefit equation such that these web applications will finally be upgraded or replaced with SaaS solutions.
    I believe that the exact opposite will occur.

    As hardware becomes cheaper, the (apparent) cost of software increases.

    When a PC cost a few thousand dollars, spending $500 on software didn't seem that bad.
    Now a PC costs a few hundred dollars, spending $500 on software seems excessive.
    Hi there

    That's true --- if you think now that a full copy of CS6 (the non subscription version) can cost well over 600 USD - more than a decent cheap entire PC !!.

    I think also as Linux DOES become more desktop friendly - and these days it's all plug and play so even a relative novice can start using the system without too much difficulty (you can almost avoid the command line entirely --rather against the whole idea of Linux but it's "do-able") people will start looking at alternative FREE Open source software.

    For businesses it's a more difficult situation as the various posts on the fiasco at "The City of Munich" shows but for individuals it's certainly worth looking at again these days.

    What Linux desperately needs is a DECENT compatible OFFICE SUITE with a proper e-mail client.

    It's almost getting there

    Here's TWO spreadsheets -- one created with KINGSOFT (now WPS) Office on Linux - the same spreadsheet is opened with EXCEL in Office 2010 -- the Linux version though is still ALPHA software - but free and so far so good.

    Only power point, spreadsheet and word processor are available but that's probably enough for most people.

    Cheers
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    As I have always said, tablets are little more than toys.
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    As mentioned, many of us were called dinosaurs who predicted this would happen. Tablets are basically following the same market schedule as the netbook. The only difference is tablets are cross-platform, so they had a larger market to begin with. Despite the marketing hype, you just can't stop good engineering. The desktop model is extremely productive and flexible. That said, the tablet design is terrific for media consumption. They won't go anywhere, and much like the laptop, as the hardware continues to shrink and get more powerful we will likely see hybrids take off one day. But much like the laptop market, it will take a while for those costs to come down and be competitive with the current desktop/laptop hardware. The best example of this is the Microsoft Surface 3. It is a great device, but you can get comparable laptops with more power for less money. When the numbers become closer together designs like the Surface will become extremely popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    As mentioned, many of us were called dinosaurs who predicted this would happen. Tablets are basically following the same market schedule as the netbook. The only difference is tablets are cross-platform, so they had a larger market to begin with. Despite the marketing hype, you just can't stop good engineering. The desktop model is extremely productive and flexible. That said, the tablet design is terrific for media consumption. They won't go anywhere, and much like the laptop, as the hardware continues to shrink and get more powerful we will likely see hybrids take off one day. But much like the laptop market, it will take a while for those costs to come down and be competitive with the current desktop/laptop hardware. The best example of this is the Microsoft Surface 3. It is a great device, but you can get comparable laptops with more power for less money. When the numbers become closer together designs like the Surface will become extremely popular.
    Hi there.

    Absolutely true -- but I have to say I ABSOLUTELY love the SP3 - even though it DID cost an arm and a leg. I'm really amazed at the flexibility of this device --and it as people have said fantastic in"tablet" mode for just consumption like watching a Movie on a Plane or on the Eurostar Train service travelling between London and Paris / Brussels.

    I'm sure "Convertibles" will definitely become the norm for a lot of business people -- even now they are SO convenient when giving presentations at Work --no Cables needed (Battery lasts long enough for decent presentation), and Video can be wirelessly projected to the Mega large TV in the conference room. Having both Mouse and Touch is also fantastic at these "Gigs" too.

    Cheers
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