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Will consumers choose Tablets, Phablets over PCs in 2013?

Mirolta : Comparing to Android and Apple, Microsoft have been loosing ground over the tablet and phablet market as PCs are no longer considered desirable items that are worth replacing frequently. The launch of Windows 8 is said to have seen 60 million license sales in the first week of launch, which the company say is in line with previous releases.

Microsoft apparently draws half its profits from sales of its Windows OS, so any drop in revenue here is likely to be a huge problem for the company. In fact, the last quarter of 2012 is the first recorded instance of PC sales steadily dropping over time. Meanwhile, it isn’t been hard for Apple to sell ipad units. The new devices fit neatly into people’s work and play habits and Windows 8 just isn’t making the kind of splash it needs to be making.....

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Yi-Long1394d ago

... I'm not willing to buy a new laptop/desktop...

... so right now I'm indeed looking at powerful tablets (android) which hopefully are able to cope with some of the stuff I want/need to do on a PC. (photo-editing, some drawing programs, etc)

Grap1392d ago

desktop doesn't come with W8 idiot u chose ur own OS.

Yi-Long1392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

...new desktops and laptops come with Windows 8 pre-installed. No choice available for Windows 7.

'Idiot'. (see how immature that sounds!?)

I'm a graphic designer. I already use a tablet (wacom) to control my photoshop and crap. If there's a powerful tablet with some good quality BASIC photo-editing software, like cropping and basic color-adjustments, you're already pretty much halfway there already, so it wouldn't require a mouse or keyboard.

Obviously a tablet will not replace a powerful desktop/laptop for serious graphic design, at least not in the near future, but considering that for the next year orso I only need to do some basic photo-editing anyway, a tablet might be enough to suit MY needs, just so I don't have to buy a new desktop/laptop that will come with an OS I absolutely don't want.

fatstarr1392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

it takes 10 more steps to do something that a right click from a mouse and keyboard can do in 1 move.

hence why tablets are nothing more than a novelty.

serious photo editing on a tablet... give that to a professional not sponsored by some gimmick app and see the truth,

monkeyfox1393d ago

STOP CALLING THEM PHABLETS!!!! Its the most ridiculous thing ive ever heard.. wa%$%$ers...

steve30x1392d ago

Would you rather them be called giant phones then?

monkeyfox1392d ago

well just "phone" would do... if its a phone.. and er... tablet if its a tablet.. just an idea.

f7897901387d ago

The devices themselves are ridiculous.

jairusmonillas1393d ago

It can replace laptops, but never replace a freaking high end desktop. tablet phablet whatever it is android or ios they are all lacking what a real powerhouse desktop pc can do.

eferreira1392d ago

I'm torn between the windows surface rt or the ipad with retina.

DivineHand1251392d ago (Edited 1392d ago )

It all depends on the users. People in low income homes might find a low priced tablet more appealing to an expensive laptop or desktop since every year tablets are getting more and more productive.

Also people who use laptops and desktop for nothing but social network sites, news, email and the occasional word processing, spread sheet or powerpoint might also find a tablet more appealing since it is cheaper, more portable and the battery last much longer.

Students that are doing courses that doesn't need applications that can only be found on the PC might also prefer to use tablets. I'm seeing it at my university where students are using their tablets to display notes, check mails and the occasional goofing off on social network sites on their tablets instead of their laptops.

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