Tablets may not be a threat to PCs after all

Tablets may not be a threat to PCs after all
A recent study by The Nielsen Company detailed how tablet owners have changed the way they use their other electronic devices. And it seemed like largely bad news for PCs.

Thirty-five percent of tablet owners said they use their desktop less often or not at all, and 32% reported using their notebooks less often or not at all. Even eReaders suffered, with 27% decreasing use after purchasing a tablet.

But the NPD Group reports very different findings. They found that only 14% of early iPad purchasers stopped using their personal computer. And from this past holiday season, only 12% of iPad owners have switched completely to the tablet.

NPD points out that sub-$500 laptops grew by 21% during Q4 of 2010 and Q1 of 2011. And they think that this segment is the most vulnerable to being replaced by tablets, given their similar performance. NPD suggests that the dip in notebook sales is a separate issue from tablets. They point out that 75% of tablet purchasers hadn't planned to buy a new device over that time frame, meaning that the tablet was a supplementary purchase, rather than one made in place of a new PC.

source: Nielsen via Yahoo! News
Tablets may not be a threat to PCs after all

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14 Comments

1. Saad073

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I tend to agree with NPD's analysis. I have an iPad right now and as much as I have begun to use it for simpler tasks like watching YouTube, reading articles on the web, and playing games, when I have to do work I definitely use my PC. There's just no way around it: even if I had a Honeycomb tablet with a keyboard and mouse, I don't think I could still do the same amount of work that I do on my PC. For now, it's irreplaceable.

2. Eingilld unregistered

Tablets replacing PCs is an overrated ideology. If you can fully use MS office and run hardcore games on a tablet, then maybe that is the time that the ideology should be taken seriously.

3. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Thank you!

12. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Also thank you! I've been saying it since the iPad came out... tablets wouldn't replace the PC in the business world until the prices and functionality are comparable, and the business world will drive what people use on a day to day basis.

4. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Tablets aren't versatile or cheap enough to replace PCs, like Eingilld said, until Tablets can run hardcore games and to add to his statement, run a full desktop OS and other resource demanding programs, then they'll be a threat. But even then, people will still want the ability to use a mouse and keyboard and mod and upgrade their PC components so the PC will never die. People who have replaced their PC with a tablet are people who really didn't use their PC to begin with and even so, they still need to use their PC in conjunction with their tablet for syncing, recharging and transferring stuff to it.

5. Socalvenom unregistered

My cousin who bought the ipad 2 when it arrived was talking, well for like preaching to everyone how it was so much better then a pc or mac and so I called his bluff and made a nice bet with him. The bet was simple try to only use the ipad for all his computer needs without touching his desktop pc for one month and the bet was on with a cash prize of "One MILLION DOLLARS!" rofl sorry I couldn't help it, but like I was saying with a cash prize of $100 and so he couldn't cheat I took his power cord just in case. Well with in two weeks he was begging me to return his power cord. I asked why and he said "I need to work on my paper" laughing I said dude whatever happened to the ipad being the greatest pc replacement since sliced bread? he gave me my $100 dollars and as I gave back the power cord all he said to me was "go suck on a lemon". POINT TAKEN. CHECKMATE!. Moral of the story tablets are nice but they will never replace Pc's, at least not for a while.

7. srk_srinivas@rediffmail.com unregistered

PCs are more convenient and comfortable then tablets.

8. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

i think for every tablet sold there's a corresponding PC sold, cos u still need ur PC to load ur music (until recently u needed ur PC to create a playlist), convert and load ur videos(ios), and pictures from ur proper digi-cam. back up the data from ur tablet, update ur operating system and since file transfer is nonexistent (ios) you also need to that through you PC. not to mention imagen trying to beat the deadline for a presentation while working on ur tablet... i don't think so.

11. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

When you say you need a PC to load music, videos, etc. onto a tablet, are you just talking about the iPad? Can you not load files through the USB port on tablets such as the Motorola Xoom? I was under the impression you could which I thought was a huge advantage of other tablets over the iPad.

9. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

How long can you stand to type on a screen?

10. boredwithPA unregistered

Tired of non phone news on this site

13. syhuan unregistered

i completely agree with this study, tablet is simply relax tool, not for work, i'm a auditor, and i don't think i can word without my laptop.

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

As much as I like my xoom, until I can play games like wow on it. I won't be getting rid of my PC.

15. Thomas Sinclair unregistered

I got the iPad last December. I thought I would use it more, but it's now the "I'm going to bed and need to check email and the news one last time" device. When I'm out of the house, I carry my EVO cell phone with a nice large screen, but not 'too' large. I'm certainly not going to carry around the iPad, it's just big. Again, it works very well for bedtime reading. Oh, and I do love showing it off to company.

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