Although most of the consumers believe that tablets is the replacer of laptop, the tablets has not have yet these characteristics that do a device full functional in daily use.
If tablets surpass laptops in sales this will give a clear message to electronics industry to design and offer a new super device , small like tablet and functional with hight process power like a laptop.
I voted "yes" on this because I believe, long-term, that tablets will be cheaper than laptops and thus be able to move more units.
Think about it this way: tablets are fairly new to the market, but already your average tablet is cheaper than your average laptop. Tablets also don't need to be as powerful as laptops and there are obviously fewer components to deal with.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think tablets will replace laptops or anything like that... I just think it's realistic that cheaper, more disposable tablets can beat more powerful, longer-lifecycle-having laptops in terms of pure sales numbers.
Absolutely. And they need to design along with it a way for us to comfortably use the tablet too, including something to rest it on. I tried out the Motorola Xoom in a Verizon store and I couldn't wait to put it back on the shelf. A few minutes of holding that tablet was more than enough for me. The same applies to the iPad, notwithstanding how much lighter it is now.
I agree with the opinion of the contributors that tablet can not replace the laptops. Tablets may be very easy to carry into places without any stress but I am just concerned about how many end-users may end up with Carpal tunnel syndrome especially people have their daily activities tied to computers. CT is the pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. The same risk while texting on cell phones.
Nevertheless, Tablet is cute, and a handy resource. I will consider it an excellent innovation in the world of technology
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.
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?
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.
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.
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