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The iPad is still the most popular tablet on the market by far
Tablet market will continue to grow at the same time

Gartner says that the growth in the PC market in 2011 will slow to 9.3%, which is lower than the previously predicted 10.5% growth. The total number of computers predicted to ship this year is 385 million. Part of the reason growth in the market is slowing according to Gartner is that there are fewer compelling reasons for the consumer to upgrade their computer today. The company also predicts that there will be few direct replacements of PCs with tablets. The tablet is expected to be a complementary device to a computer.

"Consumer mobile PCs are no longer driving growth, because of sharply declining consumer interest in mini-notebooks. Mini-notebook shipments have noticeably contracted over the last several quarters, and this has substantially reduced overall mobile PC unit growth," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "Media tablets, such as the iPad, have also impacted mobile growth, but more because they have caused consumers to delay new mobile PC purchases rather than directly replacing aging mobile PCs with media tablets. We believe direct substitution of media tablets for mobile PCs will be minimal."

Gartner predicts that over the next 18 months, PC growth will be supported by healthy replacement in the professional markets. Many of these professional users have been holding onto existing computers in the face of the sagging economy. "Businesses sharply reduced replacements and extended PC lifetimes in response to the recession," said Raphael Vasquez, research analyst at Gartner. "Businesses have begun replacing aging PCs more vigorously. We expect the growing urgency for businesses to migrate away from Windows XP will drive significant professional replacements."

The tablet market is continuing to grow with very robust sales of tablets like the iPad. The iPad is in such high demand that Apple is having a hard time keeping up with the demand and some users are willing to go to extreme measures to purchase one. Android tablets are also increasing in popularity and Windows tablets are starting to hit the market with capabilities more like a notebook than Android tablets or the iPad.


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RE: Tablets have nothing on PC's
By Targon on 6/9/2011 7:02:37 AM , Rating: 2
Eliminate the power conservation garbage in the monitor, and my computer wakes up instantly, because it doesn't go to sleep. Many people actually use their computers for more than web browsing or playing games. There is something called work and business, and with the economy being what it is, there is more need for low-cost machines that can handle running Quickbooks and other business related software.


RE: Tablets have nothing on PC's
By tayb on 6/9/2011 7:58:16 AM , Rating: 2
So you take your desktop and monitor around with you everywhere? Neato. Surf the web on the couch? No problem, just move your desktop to the couch! Watch netflix in bed? No problem, move the desktop to the bed!

Hey, it wakes up instantly! Battery life sucks though, 0 hours.


RE: Tablets have nothing on PC's
By Targon on 6/9/2011 2:52:19 PM , Rating: 3
Tablets have their uses, but they do not REPLACE desktop computers for when you need to run more significant applications. Then again, if I want to go to various web pages from another room, I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse with a desktop or full laptop that is connected to the flat panel TV.

I am not saying that there is no use for tablets, just that they don't do EVERYTHING, and most of what I want to do runs faster on a desktop computer than a tablet.


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