I agree that PC has own space today and the down shares of PC is due to those who are moving to Tablet as they need electronics for entertainment or personal use and not for productivity. I think the major problem will start once more computing will move to clouds with improved connectivity.
I think Phablet vs Tablet vs smartphone vs feature phone discussion will not have any closing as everyone has his/her own viewpoint about usability. I personally find smartphone useful especially due to internet and its associated usage. Phablet is somewhat difficult to digest for me mainly due to large size but i might like it or find it better than smartphone once i buy one for myself.
I hear what you are saying. Hence, unless you are one of those rare people who have neither smartphone nor tablet, "phablets" won't make sense. And I suspect that many in the US market certainly already have smartphones -- at least that's te assumption.
I can almost follow that rationale, except that I have been quite comfortable carrying around and using my full-sized tablet (even in restaurants). Then again, I do not have a Corporate expense account to pay for that stuff. Beyond cost, I am unwilling to maintain yet another device, besides my smart phone and tablet. It seems like a small space in between them.
In my opinion, the PCs and laptops are still the workhorses for the people who need to do the real computing. And this will remain so until cloud based computing using large screen tablets becomes a norm.
For the people who were using PCs/Laptops just to handle their emails and browse the attachments sent by their subordinates the trasnition to tablets/phablets/smart phones is a natural one and sinec this is larger portion of all internet-literate people , we are seeing a dramtic jumps in the sales of these devices.
I know, I didn't *get* phablets either --- until I went to China where I saw many executives carrying those in their briefcase (not in their pants' pocket).
In their briefcase, they had a laptop and phablet. In their pants' pocket they had a smartphone. You may ask why he would need to carry a phablet if he already has a laptop. The point is that it's lighter than a tablet and it's actually much better to browse the web than smartphones. (And who wants to open up his laptop in a restaurant?)
I still don't really "get" the phablet. The lower price compared to a full-size tablet certainly has it's appeal, but with it one must accept the compromize of the smaller screen. Is it truly more mobile, considering it doesn't really fit in a pants pocket? More than a phone, but not quite up to fulfilling one's daily computing needs in the same way as a full size tablet.
I see two types of consumers: the one using tablet-like devices and the ones using mobile computers like laptops. It appears like the majority will use the tablet-like devices while the minority still uses laptops. So, why would anyone still need a laptop? Working in an engineering environment and travelling a lot I can not imagine work without a laptop. However, once connectivty, speed and security of data are improving worldwide, I can imagine that even engineers and managers will use tablet-like devices utilizing the cloud.
There is nothing beyond expectations, these results were expected as now for those tablet is sufficient for carrying out their work, will not be opting large format laptops especially businessmen and persons falls in this category. From the results it can be seen that the fall in the PC sale is not as compared to the rise in tablets, that means new market has got emerged for tablets.