Originally Posted by poke
I don't get this whole "the desktop has a future because I like big displays" argument. Hook a big display up to a tablet and have both. A big display is an accessory
. This is also why "tablets are for content consumption" is completely back-to-front. Big displays are for content consumption. Even professionals who insist on big displays are usually using them for "content consumption" (i.e., displaying documentation alongside an IDE). Tablets are for interaction. Touch is a better and more direct interaction method than the (indirect) mouse or trackpad. That's why tablets are rapidly replacing PCs. The mouse/trackpad was a kludge because we didn't have touch. The laptop is a compromised form factor because we didn't have touch. The desktop has been irrelevant for years already. It's amusing that people are still maintaining the tablet can't rival PCs while the entire PC market is crashing
You're being a tad hyperbolic don't you think?
Like @mstone. many of us learned "to drive" using "trucks" instead of "cars" -- trucks were the only thing available -- had the power we needed -- were configurable to meet our needs -- when they broke we could fix them (or work around the problems)... We were, and still are, comfortable driving trucks...
And for some purposes trucks are better than cars -- hauling supplies or refuse or a boat (and a car)...
Enough with the analogies... you get the drill!
I do things like [home personal] video editing on a maxed-out iMac 27" with an attached 23" external Monitor. What I do with this configuration, I cannot accomplish on an iPad.
At the same time, I have my loaded iPad 4 sitting beside the iMac (next to the keyboard, in front of the external monitor).
There are things I can do on the iPad that I cannot do as well or as easily on the iMac... And I can take my work with me to the couch, bedroom or the middle of a soccer field.
I can justify use of both paradigms -- others may choose one, the other or both. This doesn't make me right and them wrong -- just different strokes.
Since you used the big display to illustrate how some people differentiate a [power] desktop computer from an [appliance] iPad -- let me describe a power desktop computer from a few years back.
Among other things, this computer was used for power number-crunching by major corporations.
The power app that made this possible was Microsoft Excel.
The power computer that made this possible was the original Mac... the year was 1985, and here are the specs of that [power desktop] Mac computer:
It is interesting to note the display size of that power desktop computer of yesteryear...
The original iPad is superior in almost every way (hardware, OS and software) to that Mac. (Except for screen size, the iPhone is superior, too).
Oddly enough, I cannot run Excel on the superior iPad.
I can run Apple Numbers on the iPad -- but it does not have all the features found in the Mac version.
I have a Numbers spreadsheet that requires Table Categories. I want all members of our household to use this! Each has his own personal iPad. But the Table Categories "feature" is not available on iOS Numbers...
So, each of us, in turn must use an iMac on the desktop.
Spoken from the real world, by an [over] enthusiastic iPad advocate... nay evangelist.