I think that since we could have our data in the cloud and computer hardware is getting smaller we could eventually just be carrying iPad like devices for use as computers. For applications involving a ton of processing you could allow the server in the cloud to run the program and simply stream the visual information and essentially use your tablet as the keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
Answer by Compucore · Oct 26, 2011 at 01:24 AM
I don't think so personally. I still feel the need to have a desktop to do what I need to do at the office as a programmer and technician. And have a stable desktop computer at home. And a laptop when need be when I have to go to a clients place or bring with me if I am out of the office going somewhere where I may not have access to my regular computer. So tablet right for me to do what I do as a tech and a programmer would not be a good choice to have. Maybe for a diversion for something that I did not need to use my desktop or laptop. But otherwise replacing my machine desktop or laptop for remote things away. Not a chance.
Answer by AlanStryder · Oct 26, 2011 at 03:11 AM
I think that they will all continue to have their markets. I will always have a PC, for example. But I could see myself using a tablet rather than a laptop for when I'm away from the PC (I have yet to buy one however).
I also know people that love laptops and always buy them instead of PCs. For them, usually, a tablet is a waste of money.
I think they will all exist for a very long time.
Answer by Yarvaxea · Oct 26, 2011 at 01:29 AM
hmm eventually it will probably but I don't think it's nowhere near around the corner. If everyone in the world would start using cloud servers for processing we would need an extreme increase in the performance of said servers. And as @Compucore says it's definitively not desired.
Answer by GilOsborne · Oct 26, 2011 at 07:24 AM
i don't think so. people doing work like typing or autocad or something prefer a physical mouse and keyboard over any touchscreen device. yea you can connect a physical keyboard via bluetooth but its just not practical. i would say though that since more data and processing can be done in the cloud then laptops like the macbook air or the ultra books will be the normal laptops probably in the near future. they can be just as powerful as the bigger laptops with ally he computing in the cloud and you won't need to worry about the hard drive space either because that can all be in the cloud as well.
Answer by BlazeEagle · Oct 27, 2011 at 09:36 AM
Not likely for at least the near future.
Tablets are a complementary device not a laptop replacement & most especially not a desktop replacement.
My intention isnâ€™t to denigrate tablets in the least, Theyâ€™re just hyped & marketed beyond realistic expectations & this hype gives the average consumer unrealistic expectations when they purchase & than use a tablet.
Tablets undoubtedly have uses but not as a laptop nor desktop replacement.
Personally, I see tablets being most useful for example for college students or mobile professionals who need a device thatâ€™s light & highly mobile that allows them to create & store documents such as term papers, spreadsheets & business reports.
The power of desktops still have many high end applications in the areas of gaming & high end multimedia productions as just two examples.
Answer by Madison Tries · Oct 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM
N. I own both. I sometimes use my tablet but I sometimes need a laptop to get things done. Tablets are good and they can do a lot but if I want to write a report or make a presentation they do not do that too good right now. (I know there might be a few apps I am missing that can do this well, if so please comment with links!) I usually take my laptop to school because I am able to get more done with it compared to when I just take my Galaxy Tab (10.1).
Over time though I think tablets might be more preferred compared to laptops as they become more like full computers.
I am also tying this on my laptop. :P
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