Tablet, Palm Pilot, Netbooks over the years we have had many different technologies released and we see them improve as time moves forward. Over the years people have purchased PCs that may have been more powerful as they needed, the more we use technology we realize more of what we need, some of us are able to use a simple smart phone in order to conduct our day to day lives, while others need to have a tablet. Some of us really don’t need to have a desktop PC or even a laptop, using our electronics to check our email, or perhaps only checking our email. While others might be using their computers for work or personal use.
For some it may be a convenience factor, others it is may be a necessity. As a general rule of thumb I feel that a computer will last a user anywhere between 3 and 5 years causing many to not have a real need to upgrade frequently, while in the tablet world there is always the new coming in, being newer and better than the last. For example, Apple’s iPad has only been around for a little over 3 years first released April 3, 2010. Very little has changed since the iPad’s first release, but every time a new one comes out, people rush for that upgrade. Tablets are like cellphones everyone wants the newest and the best. While with computers, users only need to upgrade when it gets to be to slow for their needs or it breaks down and would cost to much to repair.
Some numbers for you: 363 million PCs shipped in 2011, 349 million in 2012, only 321.9 million units are predicted for 2013 which is another substantial drop.
Do you feel that PCs are on their death bed, or are they going to recover. Perhaps people are just repairing what they have, or building their own computers. Will tablets take over the world? I guess we will just need to wait and see.