Susan thanks for that. I strongly agreed with you on Tablet computers being going through alot - consumers' perspective as in usability, competition - drives towards more evolving integrating features.
Tablets market attention will be on the increase as consequence of ongoing fierce competitiveness in the world markets and emerging markets from the developing nations. It will continue to get more publicity - Apple's ipad and ipad2, RIM's Playbook, Motorola' Xoom, HP, Amazon, Samsung's Galaxy S, Google.
And also, is very modern comparable to Laptop, when laptop emerged, few high tech companies ventured into its design and manufacturing.
Emerging markets - a typical example Africa. Andorid platform tablet is already in the local markets there, designed and manufactured by Nigerians Fasmicro http://fasmicro.com/Ovim.aspx. Ovim Tablet - cost about $300
Evolution of Andorid an open application OS, is being contributing to the success of Tablets market.
Anna you are correct, they both have different functions and maybe it isn't a rivalry but I think eventually tablets will pull ahead because they are constantly updating and making changes which will make them more functional eventually.
Jbond, It's difficult to comment fully on tablets dominating laptops. Personally, I don't see the rivalry here. It is true that tablets demand is gaining momentum, but will this hamper demand for laptops? It's a wait and see game I think.
I agree it may take a few years but eventually tablets will surpass the laptops. It is just taking people time to adjust to the changes and figure out how everything works. Tablets are much more user friendly than most people think.
It might take few years but the tablets will catch up with the laptops. Most of the core tasks like browsing, audio and video can be completely done with the simple tablet itself. ANd the tablets come at much lesser weight and lesser price in future.
Laptops are well established in the market. They don't really need too much advertising any more. Everyone knows what they offer and what it can be done with them.
On the other hand, tablets are still in the testing period. People are still trying to find uses for them. They need more marketing as any new product. The problem I see is that unless you can really try all of them you, personally, are never going to know which one is the best for you.
The best tablet is the one that covers your needs. Needs differ from one person to another so I would say choose the one that is good for you and not just because it's good for the neighbor. What I mean is listen to the others but listen to yourself, too.
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