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    Tablets are Likely to Out-Sell Laptops in 2013


    We could be close to a turning point for the PC industry as the inescapable onslaught of tablets continues to erode their marketshare. According to a new survey report from NPD DisplaySearch, we are likely to see tablet sales out-pace Laptop and Notebook sales this year. Here's a quote with even more detail,

    With sales primarily driven by smaller, inexpensive 7" and 8" models, tablet sales are expected to reach about 240 million units, while laptops - about 207 million. That trend will continue through 2017, when there will probably a lot more tablets in this world than laptops.

    As we said, tablet growth will mainly come from the smaller and more inexpensive models. However, the term "inexpensive" is not to be confused with "mediocre" here, as tablet prices have been falling rapidly during the last one or two years, thanks to intense competition from players like Google and Amazon, which are offering powerful hardware at really affordable prices. The role of the vast Chinese market is also to be taken seriously here, as NPD predicts that China will be responsible for the impressive 27% of all tablets sold in 2013.
    What do you think? Is the decline of PC's and especially laptops and notebooks something permanent, or will we eventually see a resurgence?

    Source: PhoneArena
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    I have a laptop that is used for work purposes only. Other than that we do not have laptops or plan to get one. I have a Xoom tab and Razr Maxx phone, my wife has a Kindle Fire HD 7" and iPhone 4s phone. We have a desktop should we need to do something large that we cannot do on our tablets. I plan to eventually purchase an all-in-one desktop to improve clutter. However, a laptop is likely not something we would get again.
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    Still haven't found a tab that could MOSTLY replace my dell ultrabook. Even my TF101 is a mostly a glorified eReader/remote/streaming media player.

    But I have to say, the latest tabs coming out even has me imagining the possibilities, as far as personal usage is concerned.
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    Don't think tablets will ever completely replace laptops. In my specific case, I'm on different forums and also do alot of typing for schoolwork, a tablet could never replace a keyboard or my windows office. Sure apps such as Documents To Go are compatible with it, but it just doesn't feel the same (and files don't translate right; lines not matching up between both documents is very annoying), and if I have to carry a bluetooth keyboard around with my tablet I might as well have gotten an ultrabook.

    For when I'm doing some light browsing, a tablet wins, hands down. However, if I'm around the board or doing some homework then it doesn't beat a PC/laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sal R. View Post
    Still haven't found a tab that could MOSTLY replace my dell ultrabook. Even my TF101 is a mostly a glorified eReader/remote/streaming media player.

    But I have to say, the latest tabs coming out even has me imagining the possibilities, as far as personal usage is concerned.
    I completely agree.

    I tried using the Transformer Prime and the TF300 as a laptop replacement, but it just never completely worked. I found myself wishing that I had a legit laptop, even a netbook, to get things done.

    Windows 8 has the potential to really break that though (and not Windows RT that runs on the Surface and a few other tablets, but full-blown Windows 8). I sold my TF300 in anticipation of the Surface Pro or of a Transformer device from Asus that runs the full version of Windows 8. But, I soon grew impatient, and I picked up the Ideapad Yoga 13 from Lenovo instead. It's exactly the sort of thing I want and need. A tablet for reading and consuming media, but at the same time a complete PC with a full OS instead of a tweaked phone OS. I'll be really excited to see what Windows 8 tablets/hybrids come out this year, because I'd love one that's a detachable tablet with a solid keyboard dock. And hopefully the selection of apps specifically designed for Windows 8 starts to grow soon. It really has the potential to be the perfect hybrid OS.
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    People used to buy laptops for the most basic if functions such as e-mail and web surfing/Facebook. If tablets existed back then, they would have been purchased. Tablets aren't replacing laptops so much as they are filling the gap where users need something basic for a few simple tasks and for people who need the power of a laptop.
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    Re: Tablets are Likely to Out-Sell Laptops in 2013

    Well, if our family is any indication, we just returned from our local Micro Center less than an hour ago with an ACER Iconia Tab A211, along with a Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Universal Removable Bluetooth Keyboard, Case & Stand.

    We bought it for many reasons. First, it is Android which brings with it a plethora of apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store (and most free), as well as any number of other sites. Second, it's a touch screen so using it is highly intuitive. Third, it has Bluetooth so a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse bring to it much of the functionality of a full-blown laptop. Fourth, it is highly portable to allow taking along for car rides to watch movies or play games, and in bed to keep up with DroidForums.net ;-).

    I am charging it for the full 4 hours minimum initial charge with POWER OFF, to properly saturate the battery and set the FULL CHARGE Flag.

    I'll report back here whether it lives up to our expectations.

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    Re: Tablets are Likely to Out-Sell Laptops in 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by johnomaz View Post
    People used to buy laptops for the most basic if functions such as e-mail and web surfing/Facebook. If tablets existed back then, they would have been purchased. Tablets aren't replacing laptops so much as they are filling the gap where users need something basic for a few simple tasks and for people who need the power of a laptop.
    And some, like me, use remote access apps to use their Windows machine from their tablet. Team Viewer, Splashtop, etc work very well from across the room or across the country

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    I don't think tablets will replace laptops. Maybe for people who use their laptop for things like web surfing and maybe checking email and also have a desktop, but for people with only a laptop then there is no way to replace a laptop with a tablet.

    Also I think that you are going to see a decrease in sales on all PCs in the next year due to the general dislike towards Windows 8, but once Microsoft creates Windows 9 and goes back to having a non-touch centered PC then the sales will pick back up. Also, with Windows 8 why would you want to carry what is essentially a more expensive, bigger, and less convenient tablet? That is why tablet sales will likely increase over the next year, not due to a tablet being better than a laptop.
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    laptops and desktop are going to vanish in the future. i can see people using tablets and phones with docking stations via usb/bt.
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