Analysts say PC sales will become mere ashes of their past glory, while tablet sales have been sparked by new, lower-priced models; hybrid devices, and expensive, full-featured devices. (Source: cibomahto)
I have two tablets (one an HP Touchpad, one a Samsung Galaxy), a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy SIII), and a laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad). They aren't mutually exclusive. If I'm at home, and doing serious typing, I generally use the laptop. Also serious researching where I'm doing lots of cutting and pasting.
I have been working on using my tablets, with a Bluetooth keyboard, when I'm going off to interview someone, but I discovered that I can type faster than the keyboard can handle. I'm told it'll work better if I turn prediction off so I'm going to try that.
I did try taking just a tablet with me on a recent trip, and while I could do *almost* everything on it, there were still a couple of things I couldn't figure out how to do, and even some of the things I could do were much more of a hassle than with the laptop.
I use the phone when I am, as others have said, on the go.
But even my laptop is portable. I don't use a desk. I use the kitchen table, I use my lap. I once took my laptop in for service and after they took off the keyboard and removed all the cat hair and food particles and so on, they said, you know, you could get a docking station for this and use a real keyboard and a big monitor and... I said, then what's the point of having a laptop?
I don't get this insistence, though, that we need to pick one or the other. People don't mind having boats, snowmobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and cars. Why do they seem to have the belief that one computing platform is suitable for everything?
From what you say about having two phones, @stotheco, it appears your company doesn't subscribe to the BYOD way of doing things! If your business adopted BYOD, would you get rid of your company-owned phone and use your personal smartphone for both work and personal?
I feel the same way, Alison. I have a number of devices and people always why I won't sell one or the other. The thing is, I have two laptops, a tablet, and two smartphones. One laptop is for work, the other is for personal stuff, the same goes for the phones, while the tablet is for stuff in between. In most cases, well, in mine at least--one gadget definitely cannot replace all of these devices.
I finally got to play with the Microsoft Surface this week. I see this as an intermediary between a dedicated tablet like the iPad and a full notebook computer. It's for people who want something that can function as a tablet half the time, and as a notebook half the time.
An iPad or Android tablet can function as a netbook, but most people don't know that. You have to buy the keyboard separately and pair it with your device. That's beyond the skills of many people.
I agree that people are more likely to have multiple devices, depending on the situation. In my case, I prefer to use my desktop or MacBook, but certainly can't lug around my PC--and even the notebook is inconvenient at times. In those cases, my smartphone or tablet (either the Kindle or iPad) are more than adequate for the job -- and are certainly much better than the alternatives: Not writing something or trying to find a place where I can beg, borrow, or steal time on a computer!
Real Computing is when I am really paying attention and want the control of a fully configured desktop system. Say for developing applications, or for paying bills or for responding to critical emails.
I agree with you list of things that can be considered real. And if I really, really want to pay attention to social media information, I might start off viewing on my media PC using the keypad and big screen LCD but if I have something important to say, I'll walk into my home office and write it up at my desk computer.
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