Thursday, January 13, 2011

When is a PC not a PC – when it is a tablet

Research analysts, IDC and Gartner, have downgraded their PC shipments projections. Why? Mainly because of a surge in purchases of Apple’s iPad and other tablet devices which are spreading to new markets.

Both consultancies also warned that the PC market would come under even more pressure as consumers turned to tablets, game consoles, smartphones and other devices rather than replace home and portable computers.

Neither company defined the iPad and the rival tablet computers as PCs.

The IDC analyst expects the number of tablets to reach 44 million in 2011. This compares to sales of 385 million PCs. So in 2011, tablets are estimate to be 11% of PC sales. That is amazing.

It would be fascinating to see the split of tablet sales by business/consumer and by age.

These numbers really drive home the importance of smart devise and in my view their importance to the older consumer. Dick Stroud

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