Originally Posted by poke
Personally I think tablets will eventually
replace PCs completely. Here's some bullet points:
- Anything a tablet can't do now because it doesn't have the CPU/GPU power, just wait until the next version. Eventually it'll be able to do it. The performance gap between tablet and laptop performance will close too, just like it has between desktop and laptop. Very few people need to choose a workstation over a laptop today.
That is possible, though, x86 parts (CPUs, GPUs) will progress as well. As long as power consumption is not critical (which is true for desktops and, to some degree, with laptops) x86 parts will have performance edge.
- Touch is a superior interface to the mouse/trackpad. Touch is direct, the mouse/trackpad is indirect.
Only for some things. Mouse is more accurate, for example - you can position it before you click, and you know where exactly mouse pointer is. In addition, good luck with moving your hands over something like 24" vertical screen - your arms will not be happy for too long.
- The whole physical keyboard thing is totally overblown. Most people don't type much. This has gotten a lot of press because the press happen to be a subset of the population who need to type a lot, fast. People got by with handwriting for centuries before keyboards became ubiquitous (and typing only really became ubiquitous with the PC and most people still can't do it very well). You can always add a bluetooth keyboard for when you're typing that novel anyway.
People got away with out cars or airplanes for ages, but good luck trying to take those away today
That aside... I work for company providing IT support for number of businesses here in NZ, and let me reassure you a lot of people are typing quite a bit over the 8 hours of work day. Emails, documents, tables... you name it. All day long.
- They can make bigger tablets. Tablets could be paired with large external displays. Etc. There are a lot of ways to accommodate professionals.
I'd really hate idea of carrying 15" or bigger tablet. 19"? 24"? Makes me shiver. External display, mouse, keyboard... how's that really different from PC?
- Most professionals I know maximise all their apps anyway. Not sure windows are really the incredible productivity feature people think they are.
That I agree with - I maximize my windows as well. I do run number of apps at the same time, and switch them from the task bar (so I don't need to see them at once on my screens). Of course I still need enough processing power, storage and memory in my machine if I don't want to make it bottleneck. Tablets might get that performance at some point, but then there will be no reason why not to use full-size OS on them, and then tablets will become PCs.