Opinion continues to grow that mobile platforms will soon be the consumer preference over laptops. Laptops are not going to disappear but their market share is being severely threatened. Even those who write for a living are becoming enamored of tablets, so far mostly of the iPad. Here are some examples:
- Tablet and e-book reader ownership surge in the holiday gift-giving period
The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period. —Pew Internet report
- Why Tablets Are So Important
At PCMag, Tim Bajarin says tablets combined with an external keyboard may be the platform of the future.
- Color me surprised. I am 90 percent post-PC
I had an epiphany this morning that frankly has taken me by surprise. I realize I am fully 90 percent post-PC, without making a special effort to get there. A lot has been said about the “post-PC” era and what exactly that means. For me, it means that I now can do at least 90 percent of my work and play on a mobile OS-running device. The Windows PC/Mac has largely been kicked to the curb.—James Kendrick at ZDNet
If tablets are going to be the big thing, where does Windows 8 fit in? At ZDNet, tablet expert James Kendrick also assesses the chances of Windows 8 on the tablet:
Windows 8 on tablets is looking really exciting so far, but to get sales numbers that matter they have to take on the iPad and Android tablets head-on. That means similar form factors, better pricing, and have compelling differences that attract buyers.
More of the same in the Windows tablets, which have been around for over ten years, will not cut it. These will need to be mobile tablets first, and Windows computers second. The market that will buy these solely because they run Windows is very small, and won’t make a splash as desired.