Buy Chief Executive Brian Dunn had good news to report on Tuesday.
The U.S.'s largest electronics retailer had just seen a 61
percent year-to-year jump in profit. However, the news
wasn't quite so good for certain segments of the market and the gains
only came thanks to big adjustments on Best Buy's part.The
Richfield, Minnesota retailer's CEO reports that Apple's red
hot tablet computer, the
iPad, is estimated to have cut laptop sales by 50 percent.
Best Buy is responding to the tablet demand by expanding its sales of
the iPad. The iPad is currently sold at some of Best Buy's
retail locations, but the company plans to expand the distribution to
all 1,093 of its U.S. stores by Sept. 26.The company is also
going to start selling Amazon.com's
new 3G-ready Kindle this holiday season. The Kindle
device currently is available direct from Amazon.com and Best Buy
retails a few accessories for it.Stephen Baker, the chief
electronics analyst for market researcher NPD Group Inc shares his
views on the changing market, remarking,
"It's a very different environment now. The real cool
stuff now will be the tablets, e-readers and probably the higher-end
digital cameras."The shift to mobile devices hasn't just
impacted laptop sales. The shifting consumer interest towards
smart phones and tablets appears to also be impacting TV sales.
Despite new developments like 3D
TV, consumer interest in purchasing TVs appears to be
waning. Television sales drew "low-double
digit" declines compared with last year, despite a modest
recovery of the U.S. economy. The consumer market appears
increasingly apathetic to television in the face of increasingly
attractive mobile devices. In the years leading up to the
recession, sales dropped by 20 to 25 percent a year.Some
other companies are looking to strike the mobile electronics market
while the iron is still hot. The office goods retailer Staples
announced plans this week to start selling the Amazon Kindle during
the fall season. Staples Chief Executive Ronald Sargent
comments, "I don't want to be a consumer electronics company and
start selling big-screen TVs, but we are looking broadly. Most
of our customers are small business owners and the Kindle is
something they can enjoy while traveling."Amid this
shifting landscape you have to give Apple credit for its role in
shifting the electronics landscape. After all, while a market
shift towards small portable computers was long prophesied, it was
Apple's iPhone and the Apple's iPad that transformed the smartphone
and tablet markets from relatively dull corporate fare (e.g.
BlackBerries and pre-iPad tablets) into top consumer electronics
products. On the other hand, Apple is now finding
its enviable position in the U.S. smartphone market under attack.
Despite continuing to post large
iPhone-driven profits, Apple has been losing ground to Google's
Android, and according to some reports has already been passed
in the U.S. Now the real question is whether Apple learned
from this lesson and defend challenges to its tablet market share by
quote: Nice screen = more money for something that's basically only useful for those not actually using the laptop
quote: To the person who is actually on the laptop the viewing angle is almost always going to be dead on in which a smaller viewing angle won't matter
quote: the viewing angle wouldn't solve the problem
quote: there isn't really jack you can do about it if your screen is even slightly reflective
quote: The Apple religion though hasn't got anything to do with technology. The unwashed masses blindly tithe, with glee, to the church of Apple for a plethora of emotional & social reasons...and no technical ones.
quote: you hate Microsoft
quote: there's always Linux
quote: you're not supposed to do what you suggest above
quote: I've never, not once, known anyone to connect wireless and a Nic together at once
quote: bridge to nic cards together if you want more bandwidth
quote: won't work for my scenario
quote: you have manually IP'd each NIC in Windows
quote: According to Microsoft, Windows will always choose the wired connection over wireless
quote: I hooked one of my old XP machines up via wireless to later connect it to a wired one, whilst
quote: either it was working in XP and got broken in 7 or you connected via a router, not directly via ethernet cable between machines (no router in between)
quote: PEBKAC lamer :P
quote: I've not tried it in Windows 7
quote: Bottom line - If it's a bad product (Apple TV, Newton, etc..), it won't sell.
quote: Want to display a full HTML email filled with images? Sure you can use your phone, but that makes for a pretty painful experience having to zoom in/out and scrolling in every which way.
quote: You can also use your laptop, but you'll have to go through the process of turning it on
quote: you asketh http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=19653... and you answereth yaself!
quote: yeah, waking my UL80 from sleep is soooo looong, like WHOLE TWO FUCKING SECONDS, END OF DA WORLLDD!!! LOLOL :)) hehe
quote: you didn't answer the question
quote: Turn on != wake
quote: I know, but noone turns their laptop off 20 times a day, every time they close the lid, unless they are clinically dumb mototroll style :))) people usually put their laptops to sleep, did you know that?
quote: so your point about ipad waking somehow faster than sleeping laptop is a pure fake, mototroll will take a few points from ya for saying this :)))
quote: how does this mean consumers are just simpletons who are cult followers?
quote: Never cost me more than $100 to upgrade my computer from year to year
quote: I've had the same equipment for years now
quote: Bad products marketed well do not sell, that is a fact
quote: Obviously Apple invented neither the iPod
quote: When Apple first launched the iPod it was mega expensive, it didn't have a crazy advertising campaign and iTunes didn't exist.
quote: Apple takes a product that already exist makes it do less then advertises the crap out of it. Making sure only to mention the good and not all the bad. Uneducated consumers buy it.
quote: Erm, I'm not sure Apple have ever stated that the iPad is designed or positioned as a business, work-horse, content- creating tool have they?
quote: This does just confirm that most of the laptop and pc buying world really does only use them for emails and browsing the web (excluding the 100,000+ apps you can buy obviously).
quote: It also confirms that Apple did its market research properly prior to the device being unveiled to establish that away from tech-blogs there was a demand for it from the general populace.
quote: Presumably people are still allowed to buy laptops even if they aren't doing coding, video-encoding or Visio, no?
quote: you need another $500+ gadget that simply duplicates the devices you already own?
quote: He already is raping my sorry little ass
quote: if you own an iPhone and a MBP why would you buy the iPad?
quote: you have a version that sits in your pocket and can do everything AND some
quote: Everything the iPad can do people were already doing
quote: If you have an iPad you still need a real computer, if you have an iPad you still need a real phone
quote: Where exactly does the iPad beat out the iPhone besides having a bigger screen?
quote: Has anyone ever asked Apple why they are ripping people off?
quote: Their religion is so strong that people buy their products hand over fist regardless of whether or not they actually do what their supposed to do without blowing up. So Apple needn't worry about anything at all - put the worst crap they can find in a box and it will sell like mad.
quote: Now the bricks lay on Grand StreetWhere the neon madmen climbThey all fall there so perfectlyIt all seems so well timedAnd here I sit so patientlyWaiting to find out what priceYou have to pay to get out ofGoing through all these things twiceBOB DYLAN "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
quote: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein
quote: laptop's 5lbs and 3 hour battery life just can't cut it
quote: You know that iPad's dick sucker
quote: And that brings us to remotes. That little aluminum thing that Apple includes with the AppleTV? That’s good for browsing Apple’s content on the AppleTV and in your house, but the best way to pull content from the web is going to be from your iOS device. iPad, iPod touch and iPhone are not only going to be your remote, they will be the device that streams Internet content to your Airplay AppleTV.The living room experience that Apple invisions is a consumer with an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad in their hands searching the web for content to explore while watching TV. If you find something interesting that you want to share with the family, you pop it on the screen via AirPlay. If you really like it, you make a purchase and get a full HD version.