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IHS: Tablet's rise hurt Q1 PC sales

5/24/2011 07:16 PM EDT
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Sanjib.A
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Sanjib.A   5/30/2011 4:39:19 PM
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I agree with Larry. People have already started to move from laptops to Tablets sometime back and I think eventually people will also shift from smart phones to Tabs, replacing their smart phones with cheaper ones with minimum basic feature sets for communication.

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LarryM99   5/27/2011 4:07:53 AM
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I am a longtime laptop user and I just got a Xoom tablet a couple of months ago. No question that the laptop is better at content creation, whether that is a document, software, etc. but the tablet is much better at content consumption, whether that is video, books, games, or similar. My question is whether they eat into smartphone sales. Already I am finding myself using the tablet for things that I used to do on my Android phone. At a minimum, I will probably replace this phone with a lower-end one than I would have previously. This is much more complex than 'laptop or tablet?'. Larry M.

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Some Guy   5/26/2011 12:08:14 AM
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Headline NOT supported by data here. The data here only shows Lenovo taking market share from the others. This seems to be a Post Hoc logic fallicy -- where's the data that shows the causal link? No wonder everyone whiffed the Intel Q1 numbers.

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Duane Benson   5/25/2011 10:16:32 PM
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The key is specialization, as Phoenix Dave states. PCs are essentially universal devices. Laptops, when new and expensive, were popular with people who needed portability above all else. Laptops were machines specialized for mobile applications. As laptops became more powerful and less expensive, they too became more universal machines and, interestingly, desktops have become more specialized for the market where super cheap or maximum power are predominant requirements. Tablets are again a new and more specialized device. They hit a need that was largely being not well served by laptops. It's really a new market. Its cannibalizing laptops, not because it is replacing them, but because laptops were unsuitable, but being used for the applications that tablets excel at.

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goafrit   5/25/2011 5:58:38 PM
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But remember that in East Africa, the PC shipment grew by 78% in Q1. So, this trend is regional and dev nations that adopt last could sustain this PC market from its immediate disruption from tablet

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goafrit   5/25/2011 5:06:51 PM
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The best of PC numbers are past. The future is tablet.

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phoenixdave   5/25/2011 2:10:35 PM
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I don't have a tablet, but have tried them out. I can't imagine composing a Word or Powerpoint document using the screen-based keyboard. Each component seems to still have clear advantages, but they may become much more specialized in their functionality. Tablets are nice to have for certain functions, such as web, multimedia, etc. but from a total functionality perspective, the note and netbooks still excel.

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eewiz   5/25/2011 6:02:16 AM
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"Would the virtualization be another factor that reduce the sales of PC to corporate and effectively reduce the overall sales of PC?" Actually if you read through carefully, the Enterprise PC sales increased YOY. Just that the consumer sales dropped dramatically. For consumer segment MAC sales, also didnt increase much. only a few percentage points IIRC

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chanj0   5/25/2011 12:29:11 AM
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The data only accounts for Windows PC. It doesn't take Apple into account. Would the increase popularity of Apple be one of the factors to reduce PC shipment? In addition, as more and more services move to the cloud and the popularity of virtualization. Would the virtualization be another factor that reduce the sales of PC to corporate and effectively reduce the overall sales of PC?

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Patk0317   5/24/2011 11:27:59 PM
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I concur. Now when at trade shows etc. , if I am 1:1 I use my iPad to show power point, not the PC. Only use the PC when I have to now, for things like SW demos - once the SW runs on a tablet, the laptop is history. After all you can turn a pad into a defacto laptop by adding a bluetooth enabled keyboard.

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