As great as tablets are, they are not going to replace desktops and laptops by any means. The only people that are going to use tablets instead of PC's, are people who just browse the internet and stream videos, music and movies. Business professionals who are using Excel, Word, and other business applications are still going to use PC's for their ease and functionality.
Well, massification can only be achieved through cheap prices... the cheapest things around are tablets and netbooks so it will help expand the markets although I don't think they will never replace a desktop/powerful laptop.
You are right and I like the way you put it. It means people have a little challenge due to the law of "first contact" -what they came to know first. I think we need to learn to be flexible with adjusting to new things because many are still coming and we should expect to keep seeing more. Many of our old technology are undergoing changes already and they will keep changing as years roll by.
Tablets will only replace laptops where all we need to access to information, not complex operations. None of my software tools are available on any table platform yet, and i don't for see any tablet being able to meet the processing needs of some tasks that are memory and processor speed intensive.
for entertainment, communication and information transfer, tablets can, but they can never fully replace the LAPTOP or PC.
Think for a moment of a kid in elemntary school. You give him a table and he learns to type on a touchscreen. He has never used a netbook or laptop to know how it is like to type on a regular keyboard. After some time you give him a netbook or laptop and ask him to type something.
Most likely he is going to find the regular keyboard hard to deal with. He is going to find especially difficult the fact that he has to press the keys to get the letters actually typed on the screen. It is going to take him more time to accomplish writing a document becasue he is not used to typing pressing the keys and he will make lots of typing mistakes.
The only reason for that is that he is not used to the regular keyboard. He comes to you and tells you what he thinks about the experience. For you, who are used to the regular keyboard, what he says is going to sound starnge.
Practice is what makes us master anything we want to. Practice is the best way of learning anything, including typing on a touchscreen. It's not difficult. It's not impossible. It's just different. With practice it can even be easier to type on a touchscreen as there is no need to press the keys. That precisely is a good advantage that you may not realize at this very moment but your tendons are going to be grateful.
Exactly, Mr.R. The main motivation when I got my netbook two years ago was to solve a weight issue. Carrying my laptop everywhere started to gave me a bad backpain. There was not point in carrying such a weight while there was something lighter in the market that was going to solve my problem.
The case repeats with the tablet. Why should one carry a netbook if easily you can do the same work with a tablet?
Of course we all don't have the same needs.
What I don't quite understand is why some people have not understood yet that smartphones, tablets and laptops are three different things for different needs and different uses.
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