PC industry freefall fastest on record, as phones and tablets take over
0. phoneArena 11 Apr 2013, 09:34 posted on
Things are looking pretty bad for makers of "traditional" computing devices like desktops and laptops. As more and more mobile devices like smartphones and tablets get into the hands of users, all the basic tasks the general population needs can now be performed on them, hence postponing or ditching the refresh cycle altogether...
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1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
We can say "All hail smartphones and tablets", but we cannot say smartphones and tablets take over, we still love desktops and laptops, most of the comments I posted are using them too!
2. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
i agree with you phones and tablets can do many things we do on our laptops and destkotops but still not everything and we still love laptops/desktop no mater what. they need to invate more in desktops and laptops again area they been sleeping for a while now
3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup, everything are smartphones and tablets............... No more news of latest desktops and laptops............Where are they???
6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
pcs are still needed, pocketnow still uses mac to edit their videos
12. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Indeed! I wonder what PhoneArena use to edit their videos and write their articles..............
18. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
mac is still the best in terms of video-editing
19. downphoenix (Posts: 2301; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
maybe if you have a preference for Final Cut Pro. If you're more of a Vegas or Premiere user, both are available on PC and Mac.
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5723; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
There is a reason MS is putting so much effort into the Surface.... Once you have a desk-bound PC, do you buy a smartphone and/or tablet? Or, do you buy another PC? Sales trends would seem to argue that sales are shifting to smartphones and tablets, of which MS has a pitiful market share.
4. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
they need to think of new ideas and new inventions to gain the attention again in this market.
5. jsdechavez (Posts: 702; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
There might come a time when most remaining PC will be in the business/services sector only. But that's discounting the slow gains in the adoption of Windows 8.
8. kobainez (Posts: 302; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Smartphone and tablet will never replace pc :)
23. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Foolish comment as its not like we are going to be using pcs in 2030 is it?? No it's evolution mate it always happens
29. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
hopefully big budget games wont get made for touchscreens only.nothing can beat a controller imo.
9. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Michael Dell just crapped in his pants.
10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Am I the only one who likes Windows 8?
14. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
You're not alone. I like Windows 8 too! :D
30. spideyhead256 (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
i like windows 8 but i rarely even bother touching the metro ui interface.
11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
@Theslayer... Your the only one off subject. Think you posted the same bullcrap in another article.
16. FlushGordon (unregistered)
I always wanted an ultrabook but that crap of an OS WinDOWS ATE keeps holding me back! And hell no I refuse to pay another copy of windows 7 !!!
20. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
So you get a windows 8 ultrabook and install Start8. Then you basically get windows 7 that runs faster and has less compatibility issues.
21. downphoenix (Posts: 2301; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This is only part of the story. These statistics factor in the sales of big box PCs (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc. etc) or Laptops and Netbooks. Yes, all 3 have been in a decline. However, if you look at other statistics (such as aftermarket sales of CPUs, GPUs, Harddrives, Power Supplies, etc.) those have actually been steadily increasing even after the tablet boom started with the Ipad. Why? Well using PCs for production reasons (music, video, etc.) as well as stuff like gaming are still increasing steadily. PCs are needed by the pros of course, but the enthusiast market is growing. And they spend more than the average person. There will be less PCs, but the amount spent per person will increase things to professionals that need the top notch stuff to do their jobs more efficiently as well as the enthusiasts that want the best gaming and multimedia experience. Another reason these parts sales are increasing is due to the fact that a custom built machine has became easier than ever to do.
22. mrblah (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
this is good! the prices will free fall soon as well....
24. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
No surprise here, and I welcome the inevitable shift.
Everyone needs a phone, and with making it powerfully and capable enough, the software follows.
Simply put - take a powerful phone of the next generation, add a 8-10 inch of high resolution screen module for the fraction of the price of a tablet, add another attachable keyboard module, spice all up with the next generation Android or Linux or windows software.. and you have the needs of 90 percent of people fully covered.
25. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Also, the modules could be connected to the smartphone wirelessly, hence eliminating every downside of a Padfone-type of solution.
31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
There is a shift, but mobile devices are basically gutless wonders. Let me see you do video editing on an Android tablet or iPAD, or run a program like Maya or 3Ds Max, or even Audacity. Transcode on your meager tablet or smartphone? The PC isn't dead yet, nor will it be for a long time to come...
32. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm not saying it is dead.
But it simply loses relevance for the AVERAGE consumer who just does internet, multimedia, reading and some casual gaming.
Desktop will probably remain a professional tool for another decade or so, and a niche market for even a longer time (hard core gaming and programming)
As for the concrete example you bring up.. of course that's not quite possible yet.
But here's a concrete answer. It's just a matter of time.
In 4 years, even the mid range smartphone /tablet should have the power of current macbook pro, for example.The rest is just a matter of hooking up the keyboard/desktop screen/big touchscreen module
33. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
THIS is what I'm talking about!
26. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
The concept of a desktop/laptop will stay around for quite a while... the main loss within the next decade or so will most likelly be the customization we are used to seeing in pcs in favor of a mass production level... Pcs are somewhat of a UFO in today's market... what other consumer good is entirely customizable by nature? It's like you could use a hundai chassis with a honda engine, nissan transmission and mercedes seats on your car!
27. nanbanda (Posts: 17; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
if by any chance smartphones can replace it will be only in the home scene, but in offices this is virtually impossible since tasks performed in pc's in offices cannot be replicated in smartphones, atleast for now