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Will Tablets Replace PCs?

Posted June 02, 2011 2:28 PM

Traveling convenience and "instant on" for quick lookups are the reasons why tablets are replacing PCs, laptops, mini-notebooks and other electronic devices — and in the future probably smartphones, too. If you own a tablet or will purchase one in the future, will you use your PC, laptop, smartphone, etc., less?

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06/02/2011 11:16 PM

1. I am unlikely to purchase a tablet or mini-notebook for myself, although I may purchase one for the wife.

2. I doubt that tablets or mini-notebooks could accomplish what I use my normal laptop for. I have some applications that, running on two cores at 2GH with 3G of memory can take up to 24 hours to complete. Rather than a smaller computer, I will probably move up to 4 or eight cores with 8 G memory...

But, then again, I am one of those rare birds who has absolutely no use for Facebook, Twitter, or most videos...

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06/03/2011 7:26 AM

I have a Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and I really like the functionality it provides: email, schedules, GPS, web access, file sharing, et al.

However, like Cwarner, it's gonna be a long time before those things support all the engineering and scientific applications I use in my occupational and personal interest endeavours.

And then there's my high end gaming interests. Tablet clients for on-line gaming? Not for a couple more generations of tablets.

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06/03/2011 11:14 AM

As a morbidly obese computer geek, I have no lap for a laptop. So working in a car or on public transportation is out. I bought the Gateway Tablet PC, but that uses a stylus and I was never able to use it as a keyboard substitute to any meaningful extent.

The touchscreen iPod, iPhone, and iPad, (and the non-Apple ilk) have really kicked touchscreen ergonomics engineering into high gear.

I anticipate a Pad of some sort in my near future, that I can actually do meaningful software development on while on the road.

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06/03/2011 11:54 AM

Not unless my arms get longer, or I have Lasik surgery.

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06/03/2011 2:25 PM

Tablets and other highly mobile platforms are not desktops. Desktops don't need touchscreens, yet. Touch-screen keyboard replacements all suck. Not everything is store-able in "the cloud" or on a few MB of flash RAM. Quick-on Instant-off apps are by nature limited in their scope and capability.

Windows 8 is going to be Micro$oft's attempt to provide a common OS for both types of systems. This concerns me, both for M$'s sake and the world's, because the world does rely on their desktop OS.

As a software pro, I just use my mobile computer(s) when in the past I wouldn't have/use a computer. I'll always have my desktop for serious work.

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06/03/2011 2:59 PM

Apparently, Ubuntu is going the same way (common OS for both types of systems) with their newest desktop approach- and there is a lot of user resistance to this...although there does seem to be some fringe acceptance.

As to the PDA- I couldn't live without my Palm Tungsten. Don't know what I will do when it finally dies. Nothing I've seen on the market in smart phones, tablets, etc. offer the functionality, versatility and utility of the old technology.

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06/03/2011 4:53 PM

My bluetooth keyboard with my Xoom is awesome for tasks that get too cumbersome for the touchscreen keyboard. Now I just need to convince 3Dconnexion to make an Android driver so I can use the SpaceNavigator through the micro usb port.

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06/03/2011 2:34 PM

Desktop won't go away. I'm so used to dual monitors. Games and work app take too much CPU power and RAM to fit in a tablet. Even if they fit such power in, battery life will suffer.

I was never sold on laptops. Too big to carry around and not powerful enough for its size.

I do still carry my PDA around after 10 years. Still haven't found anything to replace it yet.

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06/04/2011 10:42 AM

I find tablets hard to swallow...
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06/04/2011 11:59 AM

Maybe Kris-Del should develop a liquid version, with lots of sugar? Helps the medicine go down...

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06/04/2011 12:29 PM

Nah, there are already "gel" skins out there that make them go down easily.

But I wonder what the music would sound like from in there...

And I think the hdmi cable attached to my HD screen would irritate my throat!!

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06/04/2011 4:45 PM

I can eat the mouse ok... it's the rest that sticks in my throat...
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