While I believe that the laptop industry is not going to break because of the tablets, it will shrink (or not grow as much). One concern is for netbooks, which in my opinion will no longer have room to live. As long as tablets do a good job of creating a user-friendly input mechanism, netbooks will soon be forgotten.
Tablets are not only for leisure, it's taken me some time but I've now seen a future and market for them.
The major issue related to Desktops/laptops & tablets is not actually functionality, but rather screen 'real-estate'.
It would not matter if you had the fastest tablet on the planet if it only had a 6-7 Inch screen, unfortunately many of todays tasks require a large desktop area, in the case of a programmer , you would need your programming IDE to write code, a debugger screen to track the execution, and further real-estate to see the results of the program being developed. Thanks to emulation technology moving into the 21st century it is now possible to emulate many devices on the computer you actually writer the code, as a result you loose the need to have a separate device connected to your development system.
One key area is in the linux desk top, that is utilized for the android based systems, you can actually emulate a full android device under your desktop system, reducing the need for physical hardware.
But the result of all this development integration is screen real-estate which generally rules out development on laptops or tablet based systems, even though they have the required functionality.
I have said previously that the company who can integrate a display unit into the human optical system with the required resolution, would blow away the complete computing market, because at that stage you could have a wrist watch sized device acting as your 'desktop' you would no longer be constrained to the users requirement to 'see' a physical screen, keyboard & mouse functionality could be integrated into eye tracking systems.
No, tablets are not only for pleasure. They have proven to be efficient and useful in different areas where mobility, information storage and Internet access have been required by people performing their jobs. Good cases of tablets at the work place are those in healthcare, education and journalism to mention a few. Tablets in business have also their space.
Exactly. If we think about it, many regular users of the Internet and many of the most common applications don't really need much nowadays. Their needs can be basically covered by an iPad or any other tablet for that matter. As soon as manufacturers and apps developers see the potential this can bring, more and better designed tablets will be launched to the market at a lower price, too, following demand. Then tablets will become the real portable gardet we will carry with us all day every day leaving the laptop at home for our other needs.
I think laptops are more for business and tablets for pleasure. I call it content-on-demand with the tablet. I guess the tablet can serve both purposes in crunch time but I don't consider it an permanent replacement for a laptop.
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