Gartner: Smartphones are Cool, Tablets are Hot, and Mobile PCs aren't Mobile



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Surface is more important than contents...

I do anything to be cool. Because that is what matters most to me. I don't need to get anything done. As long as people are impressed that I am holding a prop I will probably get laid. It is a matter of priorities. You can priorities too and be as cool as me.

If you sit by a device with keyboard mouse/mouspad then you probably have things to do and maybe even work for a living. If you have a device without those input options you probably have a turtle neck, skinny glasses, and talk about your feelings about color. You may also use phrases like "surface area" a lot.

The reason for my low interest in laptops (sorry netbooks don't exists) is because nothing has happened for the last 18 months. It's the same Intel 1.6GHz i7 in all of them. It's not interesting since AMD gave up.



Until tablets/smartphones can...

  • Allow me to install my choice of Windows or Linux. And that on top of iOS if I so happen to purchase an iOS device.
  • Run my office applications, full web browser (none of that mobile version crap), and generally do things like flash and video streams at smooth performance
  • Let's me install whatever else I want, like the occasional game or two, that didn't come from an app store
  • Won't have me saying "damn, I wish I had my laptop right now"

I'd say this would be a fairly accurate statement.



I honestly don't know anyone who believes Gartner.  They simply try to drive the market in whatever direction they're paid to.  Shills, I tell you.  Shills.

Laptops are not going away.  Will tablets bite into the segment?  Sure.  No question.  Listen, a device purchase depends entirely on the function you are looking for.  Tablets have a zing factor right now, but after the dust settles, people will see the differences and alter their purchases to suit their needs and tastes.  Sit down and type a lengthy email (or this forum post) on a tablet and compare the experience to a laptop with a standard keyboard.  I spend gobs of time on a command line, the smartphone is not a fun place for this (even though I am glad it works!).  When I do these things, I favor the laptop (desktop too, naturally).

Watching video and simple gameplay are fine things, but I prefer the tools and resources a laptop gives me for web browsing and the horsepower for playing a substantial game or running an actual application instead of an "app".  I view a tablet as an entertainment gadget.  I view a laptop as a computer that can be used for many things and among them is entertainment.

BTW, Gartner is for old people.




Obviously a cool new device that consumers are interested in will take away from their pc budget, but the way i see it, tablets are fine for looking at stuff prepared on a pc.

So yeah - someone who was planning to buy a pc this year getting swayed to buy a tablet may no longer go for the pc since their budget may not allow it - or more likely, they'll get a pc next time seeing that the tablet may not do all they want.

I've settled with my fujitsu u820. It laughs at mediocre tablet functionality :)


Frankly, I know we're throwing awound terms like pc and tablet. But reading their report it seems more like an arm vs x86 war with OS in the middle...



Paul, I totally agree with you here. What I believe Gartner is doing is jumping on the bandwagon and that is it. Sure we are seeing a 'new segment' here and it will impact the fture in some way but at this stage of the game making such predictions is folly, especially here in America, where fanboyism is a religion and is not connected to reality. Witht hat said, tablets are cool and have a place but replace laptops anytime soon, I don't think so.



In rural Honduras, people would rather look than read or write.  A tablet is perfect for us.  But it needs to have a USB for connectivity via 3G network or builtin 3G connectivity and have a price point way different than that offered now.  I think acceptance will be very slow as devices trickle down from north of us.

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