|The point remains that people are buying "underpowered" devices, because the compactness enables a mode of use which is not attainable with more conventional, better performing devices. This is what Intel, AMD, and MS failed to understand: Which performance metrics are really important. It turns out that quad or hex core 3GHz x86 is not actually what most consumer use benefits from, compared to whether it fits in your pocket, and this is the case for a very large fraction of what many people use "computing" for. Of course it doesn't work so well for running Excel, Word, CAD, etc. |
I'm just looking around at my extended family & friends and looking at how they use computers, and I can see the bulk of desktops/notebooks being used far less than smartphones/tablets. At work, the answer is "It depends". I don't think tablets will make much of a dent in CAD of most flavors, but for delivery (FedEx, UPS, etc), sales, and even professionals (MDs, social workers, etc) I can see iOS or Android mobile gadgets becoming the standard computing tool, at first with a desktop or notebook back on the desk, but as people become more comfortable and addicted to the mobile gadget, and as software evolves to enable more, that old style PC is going to accumulate more and more dust.