Survey: 25% of computer users debating on going tablet-only

By Matthew
Dec 20, 2012
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  1. Although some reports of the so-called "post-PC era" have been greatly exaggerated, there's no denying that we're amidst a shift where many people are ditching their desktops and laptops for less capable, but more mobile solutions. For a certain chunk...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    I find it hard to believe that 25 percent of people that use computers care about the differences between a tablet and a PC enough to contemplate for days and days whether or not to go completely tablet.
    Arris likes this.
  3. Where does it say they contemplated anything for days? They were asked a question and gave a forward-looking answer that was uncertain in most cases. In other words, it requires more thought before deciding, or they're debating on it. Assuming they're halfway sane, it's probably not on their mind 24/7, but the question will be revisited when necessary and their previous answer may or may not prove true.
    TJGeezer and treeski like this.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    They forgot to mention that they polled a bunch of hipsters standing in line outside an Apple store.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,097   +223

    Personally, I'd rather have a laptop than a tablet unless the tablet screen was 15", then ok. Of course I can't afford either, so I'll continue dreaming.:)
    hammer2085 likes this.
  6. Wanna bet that those 25% are going to say all the time "Can I borrow your PC?".
    Burty117 and NeoFlux like this.
  7. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 968   +147

    May be a "hybrid tablet"...dock it in your desktop pc for charging/syncing/secondary monitor.

    sff pc can be "docked" at the back of monitors so a tablet can be made to dock at a desktop pc.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,768   +1,427

    I'd be willing to bet more than 25% have no need in anything more than a tablet. That doesn't mean we should abandon everything non-tablet.
    Arris likes this.
  9. Maybe kidddies but not core gamers.
  10. mizkitty

    mizkitty Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

    Unfortunately for most it's simply a matter of economics. They can't afford both...and most already think their monthly cell phone bill is too expensive.

    Desktop PCs seem like overkill when all they want to do is check Facebook while lying on the couch in front of the latest "reality" show.

    Plus...they have to pay the "apple tax" premium or they can't brag to their friends about having the latest iFad.
  11. Who relies entirely on tiny screens nowadays? That's a question.
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,768   +1,427

    Thats why there are docking stations for tablets to be connected to larger displays.
  13. The way I reading is: at least 25% users only using their PC for running simple program/task and for viewing internet contents which is can be performed by ARM based tablets
  14. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 528   +75

    When they say 25% your talking about apple users right?

    People that actually do real work on a computer won't go tablet only.
  15. Butch

    Butch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 112

    If all you ever do is browse the web, watch Netflix or Facebook then I could see people doing this. But for people that game or use PC's for business this is obviously not an option. I cannot imagine not having a PC for home use and as much as I would love to dump my work laptop I can't work without it.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  16. supertech

    supertech TechSpot Member Posts: 80   +9

    At the end of the day it depends what you're needs are and what is ideal for the end user.

    Why buy a tablet of you need to work with QuickBooks? Why buy a pc if you're simply going to check email and use Facebook?

    It's important to match your needs with the wonderful choices in the market and get the best bang for your hard-earned dollar.
    lmike6453 likes this.
  17. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    I was exaggerating.
    "BUT THEN, wheres doz it say they gives teh straight fowardz answer?"
  18. p51d007

    p51d007 TechSpot Booster Posts: 292   +39

    I guess if you are the "average Joe 6 pack" that surfs the web, sends email, watches youtube....a tablet would be enough. But for me, I need the power of a laptop, for photoshop.
  19. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I havent had a home PC for almost 7 years. A lovlely family member had so infected my PC with visits to innapropriate websites, that I vowed to never own another PC. That was untill I found the tablet market. I personally have a Motorola Xoom. 10 inch screen,ect,ect. Its perfect for what I use it for. Checking emails, looking up websites, light paper work. Now I personally will keep supporting the tablet market because I do believe that Tablets at some point are going to replace PC/Laptop at some point in the future. The tech has no where to go but up. Eventually I will be able to play games like WOW or someof the FPS on a tablet. Will tablets ever replace pc prolly not.
  20. lmike6453

    lmike6453 Newcomer, in training Posts: 98   +6

    This guy^ "gets it"
  21. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    with that mentality, tablets will become just a prone to infection as a PC is, correct? there are already reports of viruses appearing (although quickly disappearing) on mobile OS's.

    I just don't understand why people would rather move their hand 6 inches to tap something rather than 1 inch. how is that faster. is beyond me.
  22. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Ike
    Which mentality are you refering too? I only speak of my experiences. I chose to not spend the money on a home PC because there is no need for it currently. I choose to use my tablet instead of dropping an insane amount of cash for a home unit.
    How exactly is my preferences in electronics going to translate over to more moble devices being infected by viruses? Pls explain how you arrived at this conclusion.
  23. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    I dont know why I threw that mentality in there. What I meant was as more people switch to tablets they will be much much more prone to infections and viruses. People that program viruses tend to attack the bigger markets. Which is why windows has many more issues with viruses than mac or linux (I should say, more problems with the average joe accidentally downloading viruses. There are simply more viruses for windows than other OSs)

    And I also believe that theres some miscommunication among consumers that desktops are insanely expensive. for 400 bucks you can build a nice desktop, or get a trinity laptop. thats cheaper than an ipad or other "higher end" tablets.
  24. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Ike
    Thank you for clairifying that. You are correct in one major aspect. There will be more viruses comming out for hand held devices. However, the major platform designers work very very hard to stomp out as many viruses as they can. As soon as one virus gets smashed down some other enterprising hacker will create another one. Such is the game of technology.
    You may see $400 bucks as "affordable". My tablet cost me nothing really as I had to sign a 2yr contract for the cellular service so I got it for nothing. A DECENT gaming laptop is going to run $500-$700. A home unit may be a bit less, but still pricey when you factor in that the retailer will want thier money upfront before I walk out the store lol. There is the big difference between the two mediums. Laptop/PC requires a large upfront investment of cash with periodic equiptment updates. Where as a tablet in general may only need a new memory card (if your lucky). Its the harsh reality that I either use my smartphone or my tablet to access the web and give up on PC gaming right now. Or I could try and "Keep up with the Joneses" and put myself and my family in debt. For now atleast my stance will be that Tablets are great for webbing, atleast until I can afford to buy something powerful enough to run games at a decent fram rate.
  25. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,860   +344

    Dont know what defines a "decent" gaming laptop, but my laptop costs 400 dollars and can run skyrim on medium and BF3 on low quite comfortably.

    Anyway, a 2 year contract is acceptable to some people, but you end up paying your share for it in the end...just not all at once. Which is fine, assuming people decide to do the math first.

    However tablet updatability is also becoming a new big thing. There are now noticeable differences in how what tablets run what they are supposed to run. Many android tablets cannot run 3d games that others can. Tablets from 3-4 years ago are already outdated and struggle running more powerful android apps.

    In the end it all comes down to portability and power. If your tablet completely satisfies your needs thats fine. But in the end everyone who switches to tablets is giving up power, and until ARM progress stops that sacrifice, im sticking to desktops.


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