Tablet Sales Projected To Pass PCs, Laptops In Late 2013

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burntham77

I love my tablet for reading (on the go and at home). Not having to tote around paper books and magazines is awesome. I have yet to find a tablet that was a good desktop replacement and a good tablet (it tends to be either one or the other, or mediocre at both), so I still have a desktop workstation at home for audio and video production, graphic design, and general web surfing. Surfing the web on a tablet is still not a great experience.

So for the time being I'll stick with my tablet, desktop workstation and gaming PC setup. Sure, three machines is a bit much, but they all do exactly what I need them to do.

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Ghok

I don't know if we need a "Tablets are selling more than PCs!" article every week.

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PCWolf

My PC is the main workhorse in the house. It is connect to my 52inch HDTV & I do pretty much everything on it. tablet is only used when I go outside for Appointments or when I'm watching Netflix while I'm "Baking Brownies" in the bathroom.

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CaptainFabulous

Not surprising since the majority of people use their computers for nothing more than email, web surfing, and the occasional document. You really don't need more than a tablet for any of that stuff. Add in the ability to read books and play casual games and it's easy to see why many people choose to supplant their aging desktops and laptops with a tablet.

But it doesn't mean the PC or laptop is going away. That's simply not going to happen as there are far too many things you simply cannot do (or do effectively) on a tablet, especially in business and mainstream gaming.

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fung0

I'd like to know, first of all, who decided that a tablet IS NOT a 'PC' - and by what criteria. Is it the lack of a physical keyboard? Then all tablets using Bluetooth keyboards belong in the 'PC' stats. When PCs get below a certain weight, or physical size, do they stop being PCs? Or is everything that's selling particularly well right now automatically not a PC?

When Microsoft launched the FIRST 'tablet PC' over 10 years ago, nobody quibbled that it wasn't a PC. We all knew it was just another form factor. Same with the later netbooks, even though a lot of them were probably less powerful than today's tablets. Even Windows CE devices were 'handheld PCs,' not some new entity. CPU, screen, storage... runs applications... yup, it's a PC.

Beyond that, I absolutely agree - and so do analysts, when you press them on it - that tablets are NOT 'replacing' (traditional) PCs. It's a rare and extremely casual users who can survive with a tablet alone, and no PC to hook up to, at least occasionally.

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CaptainFabulous

I dunno, is my programmable thermostat a PC? What about my TV, that contains all sorts of Internet apps? Is that a PC too? What about my smartphone. Must be a PC right? How about my digital watch, or my old programmable calculator? Also PCs? My toaster? What about my microwave and coffee maker?

Using your logic anything with a circuit board becomes a PC. Sorry, but no. A tablet may be a "personal computing device" but it's not a PC. It's a tablet.

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PCWolf

I could have not said this better myself.

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MiGreen

so what?

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Sir Hobbes3

Maybe we should stop making PCs and see how people liked just using their phone or tablet. Maybe then they'd realize how important a PC really is.

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Renegade Knight

We all already know how important PCs are. The press and OEMs though have to capture what's selling right now. That's tablets and smartphones, and laptops for the most part and Desktops for the less part.

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Ghost XFX

Has a lot to do with the screen being used for surfing the web. Phones are convenient, but tablets are a better experience. That said, I'm sure as hell won't be replacing my PC with a tablet.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Wow. Guess we need to stop making PCs.

We have more phones than PCs. Sad how some find see in that the death of the PC. It's as sensible as saying we don't need PCs because we have more televisions, electric toasters, automobiles, or any other product serving a completely unrelated need.

Tablets are a new product serving a previously vacant niche in the tech landscape. They can't replace PCs.

Why does the press insist on inventing competition where none exists?

Is constantly crying about the end of PCs good business sense for PC magazines?

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pastorbob

It depends on what I am doing. If I am relaxing and reading or watching TV, I use my tablet. I can check email, browse the internet, read or play Words With Friends on it.

But if I am working and preparing documents, powerpoints or videos for my job, I am on my desktop. It has three 21.5" displays and a helluva lot more horsepower that is needed to accomplish these tasks efficiently. I can have up to six resources open at any given time, all visible on the displays. And for video encoding, I love the i7-2700K CPU. It chews through the task so quickly.

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gmvolk

I agree, for consuming media,light email, and web browsing I prefer the tablet. When I need to work, I'll get on the pc. The only issue with web browsing on the tablet is all the ads, maxPC is the worst site for viewing on the tablet. Just typing into this comment box is horrendous.

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tony2tonez

Amen to that! +2

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devin3627

my iphone 4s does all the things an ipad can do. who the f*** would use a mobile computer for Microsoft Office or gaming? any productive task on a mobile device sucks.

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wolfing

it can do it sure, my Galaxy S3 can do the same things my tablet does, but the tablet is a much better experience for many of them...
- Reading ebooks (my tablet replaced my e-book reader)
- Watching videos/movies
- Browsing the web

My tablet also replaced my notebook. My usual time to replace my notebook would have been about 6 months ago, but my tablet pretty much does what I did with my notebook, costing less, weighting a fraction, and lasting 6 times longer on a battery. Basically, it replaced my old traveling companion (I didn't use my laptop for work, I leave my work when I leave the office)

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pastorbob

+1