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Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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2/4/2015 | 3:14:35 PM
Re: Sustain
@danielcawrey, I agree that the rate of growth will level off but I think the tablet market will remain fairly strong. I believe that the vendors' big mistake was thinking that the tablet refresh cycle would be like that of the smartphone -- roughly every two years. It's looking much like that of laptops -- roughly every four years.

And I think that another mistake was the belief that tablets would replace laptops. They're different devices for different circumstances: Both useful for the enterprise, just not for the same use case.
Kelly22
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2/3/2015 | 9:26:44 AM
Re: PCs soldiers on
@whoopty I agree, don't think the tablet will ever replace the PC. Tablets will continue to have a strong presence, of course, because they are pretty useful and people like using them for on-the-go productivity and entertainment. But would I ever fully replace my laptop with a tablet? Probably not.
Whoopty
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2/3/2015 | 7:26:39 AM
PCs soldiers on
Every few years a new technology arrives that is said to be the PC killer. They say the same every time a new console comes out, or when Netbooks became a thing and they slowly falter while laptops and desktops continue to chug along. 

Tablets aren't quite as bad as Netbooks or course, but they have specific uses. It's not going to be the way everyone does everything, as tablets are horrible for a lot of tasks. 
Gary_EL
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2/3/2015 | 3:07:52 AM
Microsoft's new OS?
How can IDC expect Microsoft's tablet offerings to have an effect on the overall decline in the tablet market when the company is such a small factor in this particular arena? I think the phablet variety of smartphone will relegate tablets to the role of a nitchplayer, used only for special purposes.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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2/3/2015 | 2:33:49 AM
Re: Sustain
Exactly - PC remains the most productive device even though it's not as portable as mobile devices. Mobile device cannot completly replace PC. You cannot imagine editing a lengthy Word document on tablet - at least most people will not do it in this way.
kmaira913
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2/3/2015 | 12:34:54 AM
What would persuade me to replace my iPad air
I love my iPad air, but realized that I should have gotten a model with more memory. What would convince me to replace it is if Apple made a model with an SD card slot or USB connector. That would be very useful to me.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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2/2/2015 | 9:38:19 PM
Sustain
I never believed that tablet sales could really sustain their growth anyways. I think that this article proves that to be true. 

PCs are still the most productive devices in my estimation. I think that will change as new and better interfaces such as voice and AI become normal. But we're just not quite there yet. 


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