Susan, I am in the same situation and I bet a lot of people are trying to make decisions that are similar. I do have a laptop -- desktops are out of the picture -- but I like the ultra-portability of the tablet so I am trying to decide which one to buy rather than whether to get one. It's been a long slog looking at all the products out there and because my company supports the Blackberry phone, I am seriously considering the Blackberry Playbook. Maybe we are all gadget freaks but I must confess to loving the options.
These are the kind of situations computer and tablet manufacturers as well as their suppliers must be aware of in planning their future capacity, sales and marketing strategies. It's also one of the factors keeping supply chain and procurement managers awake at night. Happy hunting.
Mr.R, I have a laptop and a netbook and trying to decide on a tablet and see if I can use it as an alternative for my netbook. I am not going back to desktops. For someone like me who can find herself working anywhere a desktop is just useless. A good laptop is a need in my case, and something lighter and thiner for carrying always with me as I never know where I am going to end up working. :)
I believe that tablets will overcome laptops in term of volume. It's a matter of when. How many laptops are being sold each year? has that number been increasing? etc?
While they don't have the same funcionalities (and never will), they aren't really substitutes -- some people NEED a laptop, but most people don't ... they just want to chat while on the road, send emails, etc.
I don't think a tablet can replace a laptop so yet. To be able to choose a tablet over a laptop the tablet needs to offer the functionality a laptop offers to people who carry their laptop all the time and work in any place where they have a WiFi connection available.
Tablets may evolve to that point of functionality, though.
What was the main reason why you couldn't wait to put the tablet back on the shelf? Was it the sole reason that you were probably standing and using the tablet was then not too comfortable or there was something else you didn't like?
Simple devices and sophisticated remote services sound like a likely pairing. The simpler and more convenient something is, the more attractive it seems to be. Maybe that's why people like convenience foods so much, even though they taste so horrible.
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