Will Tablets Make Laptops Obsolete?
People think that tablets are going to eventually have the abilities of full on computers. There is expected to be a variety of tablet computers launched in the next five years ranging from $300 to $1,000. The Apple iPad is currently available and ranges in price from $499 to $829 (US).
Cellular companies like AT&T may try to emphasize the use of tablets by compelling new and existing customers to buy tablet computers that will complement their smartphones. AT&T is the exclusive data-service provider for the iPad in the USA, which has sold more than 3 million units since its April 3 introduction. Projections have tablet sales growing to 23 percent of the U.S. computer market by 2015, from about 6 percent this year and less than 1 percent in 2009. The projections have tablets outselling netbooks and laptops by 2012.
The range of tablets available is slowly growing. Research In Motion (RIM) is planning to introduce a tablet in November which features a 9.7-inch screen and Wi-Fi capability. Google has also discussed a tablet that would run Android software, and Dell recently released a relatively cheap tablet with a 5 inch screen for only $299.99. The expectation is that tablets will be popular amongst business customers because tablets are so compact, practical and are designed to connect to multiple devices, such as keyboards and cameras, that support their needs.
Right now, as I sit on my laptop writing this article, I wonder if one day I will be sucked into the new tablet crazy. My wallet doesn’t support the new trend, but as prices drop and they become mainstream, even I may become a tablet user one day.
Would you use a tablet? Let us know.