Good point. There are many portable apps like SalesForce.com and Sage Act with many versions under "Productivity" in the Apps Directory for both SmartPhones and tablets. People in sales probably have the biggest incentive to go mobile as they spend much of their time in airports and on the road.
I recently sat next to a passenger on a plane that was using an e-reader. It tuns out she has the same user profile as me: home office worker, doesn't travel frequently, and prefers reading to working when possible. She loves her e-reader and finds she doesn't have the same issues on the road as smartphones and PCs. (Checking it in, turning it off, etc.) I'm beginning to plan my purchase of my next device...still wavering on tablet vs e-reader but I hope to test drive them all this weekend.
Speaking for myself, I'm convinced one of the reason for PC sales' falling down is about different level of investments for PC and smartphone in advertising. We are assisting to ads flood for smartphones, but what about PCs or notebook? My feeling is that the picture is really different.
I tend to read a little before sleeping and sometimes I have online articles that I would reserve for the end of the day reading.Tablets are perfect for this and for catching up with the news as you noted. Right now, if I don't have to write as much as I do today, I would probably go for a tablet. They've become the new take-on-the-road device!
Cryptoman, For some functions most people are still going to go with a notebook computer and that augurs well for companies like Dell that are still dominant in PCs. Even Apple is focusing on the PC market and has gained market share in recent years.
Companies that have not been able to crack into the tablet and smartphone markets are still suffering, though. There are today many occupations which don't require as much intensive work as a design engineer might need to do, including sales people, for instance. This is where tablets are hurting PC sales. When it's time to replace the hardware needs of these people, it will come down to either the tablet or a large-screen smartphone.
Bolaji, Speaking for myself, I still have my iPad one and I use it more than my laptop which is doubling as my desktop when connected to a 27" monitor. I have all the office applications and various tools to support my business expense tracking, contacts, productivity, and reference needs. I have a bluetooth keyboard for the iPad but I really don't use it much. Before I get out of bed in the morning, I have already checked my email, read EBN blogs, and Skyped with a few business partners and friends. My iPad is the main source of my chronic case of "Mophobia"... a CNET term for fear of leaving the house without all my mobile devices fully charged and ready for the day's demands. If I was a doctor, I would recommend taking one tablet daily and smart phoning me in the morning.
I think there is still a good market for notebooks in most technical areas of work. I agree that smartphones and nice looking slim tablets can replace the notebook of a CEO, salesman or a project manager, however, a notebook is still a very much needed tool for engineers who develop the smartphones and the tablets. Anyone who is involved in software and hardware development will also agree with me.
I can see that the desktop computers are likely to become obsolete due to their chunky size and unportable nature. This inevitable trand is further accelerated by the growing power and portability of the netbook computers. Nowadays having a powerful notebook much more preferrable than having a brick wall shaped desktop on the side of a desk t work and at home.
Although Dell's notebook sales may have taken a hit, I don't think this will be a growing trend. As long as corporations and individuals need notebooks, Dell will be able to sell powerful, reliable and good looking machines as it always have been.
I don't think that tablets and notebooks are alternatives for one another. I believe they are complementary technologies in many ways and most people (like myself) prefer to have a notebook as well as a tablet to cater for all the computing needs.
Prabhakar, HP hasn't done that much better. It has announced the company will be cutting more than 27,000 jobs and it isn't back in the tablets market yet. It is going to be the subject of my next blog.
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