The portability is perhaps the biggest advantage of the tablet And that will remain true even after the mass market consumes its fill of these innovative products. What will be interesting to see is how well the manufacturers service the vertical market segments in order to keep the sales trends up. Will they construct more rugged versions for field applications that already use wireless technology - utility companies, shipping and logistical services, etc. These segments have already been adapting wireless/RF for years and it's a sure bet you'll see a tablet in the hands of your friendly neighborhood parcel deliveryman, and he won't be using it to view movies or games.
@Tvotapka good point - "One major thing that affects the tablet's upswing: Good, consistent marketing. If you look carefully at the ads, you'll see they're targeting a fairly young, highly mobile demographic".
High graphical features and easy rotation of the device - flipping from horizontal to vertical make ipad more attractive to young people, may be other unique features. Another observation on the ipad is integration of Autodesk app which has simplified art works on the device. Can art designers naturally work around with Autodesk tools - pencil, artbrush and digital ink?
I would like to see how the larger percentage of age groups get use to it . Whether it becomes workable device like laptop. Future determines this, am sitting on the fence though.
One major thing that affects the tablet's upswing: Good, consistent marketing. If you look carefully at the ads, you'll see they're targeting a fairly young, highly mobile demographic. Not too many years ago, the Nano was the hot product and it had its brief spot in the limelight. Either way, the product is promoted heavily and it becomes a "must have" simply because it touches on certain buttons known to that cause a response.
I'd be more interested in seeing a more segmented breakdown on where the sales are for these devices, particularly in business-to-business settings.
In my opinion IPADS will compete both the smartphones and the laptops in the near future as they integrate most of the features of smart phones and a bigger display and keypad ( touchscreen) like in laptop. They have weight much less than the laptops and hence more portable than the laptops. I predict demise of the laptops in the near future.
This is an engaging debate. I think the tablet age has arrived in abundance, but this does not mark the extinction of the laptop. One scores high for its appealing portability and convenience. The other has its operating system and breadth of capability.
I agree, and I think I've changed my opinion that I posted earlier. If IPad type devices continue to get more powerful with processing, I can see these types of devices taking over laptops. Technologies such as infra-red keyboards that tech4people mentioned, and virtual LED keyboards, could allow IPad type devices to do just as much and be as convenient as laptops.
I think ipads cannot be fully replace the laptops. Ipads are mostly used for playing games, reading books and more of entertainment. And also ipads cannot be used for our office work and we cannot install all kinds of softwares when comapred to laptop.
Its like Ipad's can never replace laptops and laptops can never replace desltops. I just thought of a very funny comparison season to season we keep changing our wardrobe according to the fasion weather etc, similarly Ipad is fashion of today and it should be placed in our hands. Ipads can never take over laptops.
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