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Sope 18. Jan 2013 09:49 PM

What's stands out to me, is the number of devices up from 139 million to 1.2 billion over the period 2000-2012.

Looks like a large number of people who originally only owned a MSFT PC, went out and got themselves an Android Smartphone and an Apple iPad to go with it?

v.laurie 21. Jan 2013 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Sope (Post 82186)
What's stands out to me, is the number of devices up from 139 million to 1.2 billion over the period 2000-2012.

Looks like a large number of people who originally only owned a MSFT PC, went out and got themselves an Android Smartphone and an Apple iPad to go with it?

A lot of people in Asia, Africa, etc, who could never afford a Windows or Apple PC have a smartphone as their only platform.

v.laurie 21. Jan 2013 09:15 PM

Ubuntu Phone Looks Like The Future Of Computing
 
That's the thesis of this article.

Sope 22. Jan 2013 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by v.laurie (Post 82356)
A lot of people in Asia, Africa, etc, who could never afford a Windows or Apple PC have a smartphone as their only platform.

Most certainly.
The point I was really trying to make was that Windows PC's could still be selling in the same numbers as they always have (I don't know this to be fact), it may be just that the volume of the alternatives has gone up dramatically, making it look like PC's are being abandoned when that may not be the case.

Yep, the Ubuntu phones do look interesting too!

v.laurie 22. Jan 2013 12:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Sope (Post 82366)
Most certainly.
The point I was really trying to make was that Windows PC's could still be selling in the same numbers as they always have (I don't know this to be fact), it may be just that the volume of the alternatives has gone up dramatically, making it look like PC's are being abandoned when that may not be the case.

Yes. you are right. Windows is far from dead. I tried to make that point at my blog.

Jojo Yee 03. Feb 2013 02:56 AM

Tablets to surpass Notebooks in 2013
 
"Tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship."

...and a new class of small tablets with 7-8" screen sizes will take over the market.


Source:Tablet PC Market Forecast to Surpass Notebooks in 2013

Jojo Yee 03. Feb 2013 03:03 AM

Tablets shipments suggest a crossing point with PCs soon
 
"Just as smartphones roared past PCs by the end of 2010, the tablet market is powering ahead even while shipments of PCs have begun to waver..."

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/...t_14.24.06.png

"Small is big"
Is Microsoft too big to think small? See the source of the info below...


Source: Tablet shipments suggest a crossing point with PCs might not be far off

Dedoimedo 03. Feb 2013 08:30 AM

If you place them on the same graph, you assume they fulfill the same purpose. But they do not. Those are two different world. Like comparing cars with skateboards and bicycles. It's not a same pie gotten smaller, or more cuts, it's two pies.

Tablets have their use, so do smartphones, as well PC. There's a small number of people who will use the former exclusively, and they could not have done in the past because the technology would not let them. But it's no different than the situation of desktop and laptop. Did laptops kill the desktop? Of course not. Same here.

Dedoimedo

Anupam 03. Feb 2013 09:01 AM

I agree entirely with Dedoimedo. All this talk of PC dying because of smartphones, and tablets, is just a media hype. Dedoimedo gave a very good example of laptops and desktops. Like they both exist, and continue to, these technologies too, will all continue existing together. Although, there may be some effects too. Like, with the coming of tablets, people will indeed buy less of netbooks, because tablets achieve the same purpose, and are cheaper, and also handy.

Smartphones and tablets sales are also on the rise because they are affordable, and handy than laptops, or desktops. Many people won't have the need of laptops, or desktops, and so tablets are a great option for them. Earlier, such a mid-range option was not present for those who could not afford laptop, or desktops, just for simple requirements. Like my mom... she does not have much, or rather any knowledge of computers. Would have liked to have a laptop for her, but that would have been a bit costlier, and also would involve a high learning curve. But, with a tablet, which is handy, easy to operate, and has access to internet, she is quite happy with it.

But, of course, for people who have more heavier work on computers, will go for a laptop, or a desktop as per their preference, ease of use, and requirement.

All these technologies can exist side by side, and these just present more options for the customers, as per their needs and budget, which is great.

MidnightCowboy 03. Feb 2013 09:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Anupam (Post 82896)
I agree entirely with Dedoimedo. All this talk of PC dying because of smartphones, and tablets, is just a media hype.

Unfortunately folks not only believe what they are fed by the media, but actively feel a need to. In the past for instance, someone might have been regarded as a "jerk" but those tormenting them in this fashion would be relatively few and mainly at school. Now, the fact that Jodie is "strange" gets "shared" with millions on Facebook so the effect is disproportionate to the cause (even if it exists). Here's an even worse example highlighted by the comment:

"I didn't know him, but he was a planker like the rest of us."

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/social-netwo...g-craze-226232

From gangs to fad diets, folks have an overwhelming desire to identify with and belong to. The gadget marketeers work this system well to ensure everything new is also desirable irrespective of whether what it achieves is any better than existing technology. Tablets and smart phones certainly have significant advantages over desktop PC's and even laptops, but IMO the only reason sales are so high is because of the marketing spend. I already know several tablet owners here who carted these things around like teddy bears when they were first purchased. Now they sit semi abandoned waiting for some love..... next to their PC! :D

My estimate is that a significant proportion of tablets will be destined for the same fate as Bullworkers and exercise cycles. :D


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