No IT manager worth his salt would ever let a Tablet (or i-anything) anywhere near a corporate network; the security risks are just simply too high. Tablets do NOT replace PCs, they are a new product entirely ... speaking of them in the same breath is like comparing a video and a still camera. Gartner ought to know better than this.
@Malcolm, I tend to agree with you, tablets are not a PC replacement. They can be a compliment, or a supplement, and there are very few instances where an IT person will take away somebody's PC or Laptop and just give them a tablet.
Now tablet sales may certainly surge because they're new and cool, but I very much doubt many people are buying tablets and throwing away their old PC's. As you say, they're two different things.
Currently,having a desktop and a tablet is a good combination but tablets can't replace desktops unless you only do web-surfing,checking mails and listening to music and you are OK to use a smaller screen as your primary display.
Tablets didn't come to replace either laptops or desktops. Tablets are for different needs and uses and have the power and performance for those needs and uses only. They can't be compared. It would be like comparing apples and tomatos.
" ...unless you only do web-surfing,checking mails and listening to music and you are OK to use a smaller screen as your primary display."
You are forgetting about all the people who need a device on the road, when traveling and carrying a desktop would be too much of a hazard or even a laptop, for that matter. Either a netbook or a tablet fulfills those needs aforementioned and those are the only uses someone who needs a device on the road needs and wants. It's also a matter of personal preference.
If you want to compare the a tablet with another device then comparing with netbooks would be a little more appropriate. Then we should look at other functions (being the main difference having a keyboard or a touch screen) and at the end, come up to the same conclusion: a tablet came to the market to fulfill certain needs that certain people have, not to compete or replace any other device.
Susan, i also share the same opinion as yours. Although tablets are creating their own market but they are eating share of netbooks. Until and unless tablets become as powerful as PC or laptops they cannot replace them. The reason for slipping sales might be due to other reasons such as those people who perfer cheaper alternative of laptop might be going for tablets.
Thanks for the information. I did not know the impact of the tablet sales on the PC's. But based on this information, my idea to replace my PC with a tablet even though I do way more than surfing the net will definitely change and I will keep the PC.
Though tablet can not replace PC, it will sell like wild fire because of its accessibilty, affordability and portability. At least it will meet the need of so many businesses that needs data processing off office. Students in colleges will find it very useful. Hand loggage is being cut to something lighter and easier to carry. What a good impact!
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