For me it is very difficult to work in similar way with the tablet because the keypad is not convenient for fast typing. Also, the display sizes are not the best for gaming and movie viewing experience.
As I have mentioned in my previous comment, I find this argument as to whether a media-tablet is a PC or not, more of a debate on terminology and words. We engineers are influenced more by numbers than by words/dictionary meanings.
So I found much more interesting debate on how media-tablet market share would fair in near future. Check "Analyst: Tablets to drive PC growth in 2011" on: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4216417/Analyst--Tablets-to-drive-PC-growth-in-2011
The formfactor (size and shape) and performance are the two main criteria distinguishing a PC from tablets and smartphones. The difference in performance between these classes will be reduced and it will not be major factor in the near future. The mantra is to change the formfactor. Then everything is a xPC where x denotes the formfactor. In the distant future even micro and nanophones will emerge that would be the size of a collar button, if not smaller. So the race for shrinking size will continue for decades to come.
This is a great question. I agree the lines are blurring. In ten years we may consider the term PC arcane in a world of many client devices with similar and varied capabilities. We are still in the early days of an historic explosion of mobile and personal device concepts.
I'm glad I ran across this story as I'm sitting here building a new Core i5 desktop system.
In considering the question of "is a tablet a PC?", I'm reminded of a time not so long ago (mid to late 90s) when we still did all our chip designs on Sun Solaris or HP-UX machines, which were known as "workstations," as opposed to mere PCs. A PC was definitely a step below a workstation, although in physical form factor they looked much the same. I also remember attending a training class with one of the Big Three EDA vendors, where someone asked the instructor if he thought his company's tools would ever run under Linux on a PC -- i.e., a desktop containing an Intel or AMD processor. He laughed and said "no way! Not enough memory or processing power."
What does this have to do with tablets? Well, tablets could/may/will increase in computing power and memory, just as desktop PCs did, supplanting the more powerful desktop machines we used to refer to as workstations. But to what extent to we expect tablets to increase in performance & memory? Will they ever replace a Linux PC as an engineering computer for chip design & simulation? I don't think so...the tablet is not meant for those tasks. The tablet is more of an entertainment device than a "work" device...at least for most tablet owners.
One element I find lacking in the Wikipedia definition of a PC is the concept of user upgradability. A 12-year old kid can replace a hard drive or add more DRAM to his PC. A more adventurous kid can do the same with his laptop. But even the most hardware hacker adventurers among us would not be inclined to take apart a tablet and attempt to enhance its performance or storage with third-party hardware add-ons. From the user upgradability standpoint, tablets are more like consumer electronics devices -- you use them as they are (mostly for fun), and you don't think of them as platforms upon which you can add capability when your time and budget permit.
I think this is not a good question, we generally speak Notebook PC, Netbook PC, Tablet PC in the same way one can say Media Tablet PC as well, there is no harm in have a terminology like that. At the same time one can also say iPhone PC as well it would not be wrong at all, and a PC will always be a PC.
A PC simply stands for personal computer. Anything equipped with a CPU can be seen as a PC, even as small as a calculator. The idea seems to be a bit too general. To me, a PC is more of a generic computer which suits wide range of use, audiences include a law student, a civil engineer, computer programmer, etc. Tablet, unlike an iPod and a calculator, allows owner to install applications to fit certain purposes. With this said, Tablet is more a PC than an iPod is. So, if Tablet is a PC, question comes. Will today's PC be replaced by Tablet in the future? Will PC market continue shrinking? This will lead to another question. What's the primary driver of the growth of PC? If you use a PC for word processing, doing spreadsheet, a Tablet with nice keyboard will properly be enough. If you are a mechanical engineer who uses a lot of 3D drawing applications, you would probably prefer a better performance PC than today's Tablet. Apparently, you would like to have a big high resolution screen. That's said. A scientist or a computer programmer may prefer a Tablet to login to a cloud-based PC to run various simulation. How well Tablet plays in the PC market is subjected to a lot of factors. Among all, the evolution of cloud computing may drive the market to a direction.
i distinguish between the PC and tablet based on the tasks that they can perform and the processing power. If tablets can run all the applications that a PC can run and is convenient to work with then i have no problem in calling them PC.
Instead of questioning whether a tablet is a PC or not, I would like to shift the focus onto how the user needs would evolve in the next 2-3 years.
1. Would tablet market eat into desktop and notebook market share significantly?
2. What percentage growth can be expected in the global market for computing devices for everyday personal use?
3. What kind of new user needs would surface in the next 2-3 years?
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