Will Tablets render Laptops completely obsolete? If so, when?

Posted Apr 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm in Threads > Smartphones & Tablets

With the skyrocketing popularity of tablets, whether Apple or Android, there seems to be a ton of people who haven’t seem to caught on yet or just don’t care and would rather stick to their laptops.
Can tablets render laptops completely obsolete, and if so, how long do you think it would take?

  • Bryan Stoner

    When a quad core CPU with Arm’s A15 architecture comes out, that’s when.

  • SGB101

    No, but I think a format like the transformer will.

    • professandobey

      That is a tablet, with a complementary 1st party keyboard accessory.

  • danferan

    No way…no way at all. I mean, the market for tablets will cannibalize, to be sure, but a laptop is so much more versatile that it will be completely necessary for at least a specialized group of people.

    • Joel

      Im thinking around those lines as well.

  • aranea

    Actually even smartphones cut use of laptops for me. Back in the day when I traveled I would carry my laptop so I can check my emails etc. After my G1, I noticed that I carry it less and less. Nowadays, the main reason to carry a laptop for me is to be able to modify powerpoint presentations and present them. The office tools on tablets doesn’t seem to be as good yet. Once they reach that level and once there are adapters to hook up tablets to projectors my need for a laptop will be mostly gone. Though, that doesn’t mean tablets will replace my desktops. I have a desktop at home and a desktop at work. It will take awhile for tablets to replace those for computing power and versatility.

    • danferan

      Well, yeah. Smart phones will definitely do the same thing. But the only way a tablet (or phone) would truly 100% supplant the laptop is if it had both the app support and the keyboard to allow real content creation, at which point it would functionally /be/ a laptop.

      • aranea

        I am not sure about the keyboard. For many things soft keyboard will be fine.

      • SGB101

        I’m with you, my phone and iPad are great for the most part, but I need a physical keyboard for some things.

        long reports / presentations and data entry, that’s why I said above “transformer like formfactor” also these tabs will be windows tabs, I can see it being a long time off that android will replace windows in the work place.

        • danferan

          I also think it depends on how well Win8 tablets are received. That could change the market considerably.

          • professandobey

            Agreed. M$ is stepping back into the tablet market just soon enough and in just a big enough way that they can still influence the course of computing. If they had waited even just another year, it would probably be a story of “too little, too late.”

        • aranea

          I agree with the need for a keyboard for those kind of work. I tend to do such stuff on a desktop rather than a laptop. For me laptop is useful when I’m neither at home nor at work.

          • professandobey

            Of course, you could always pair a Bluetooth keyboard to a tablet plugged into a monitor.

  • danferan

    Hrm. I think I’d have to spend more time with a tablet to make a better decision…I’m far more comfortable typing with a standard keyboard, but that may just be the years of practice.

    • Joel

      I remember when QWERTY keypads made people who were used to T9 and keypad dialing uncomfortable. Practice does indeed make perfect.

  • tnnm

    When a few terabytes of cloud storage costs less than a Transformer Prime.

  • Joel

    To be quite honest, even though the tab hype is up right now, I havent had the zeal to use one – until now. The Asus Transformer Prime seems to be an excellent introduction into the tablet world – being dependent on my desktop and smartphone is starting to seriously inconvenience me.

  • MarlowXIm

    I believe Tablets will become real replacements once Windows is pushed into the ARM platform, with if or not all windows applications can be back ported to run on it.

    I really believe once handwriting recognition is accurate on tablets like their more powerful x86 counterparts, then there will be a big push to phase out laptops.

    • http://www.brokemanstech.com Juan Almanzar

      I agree with Marlow. Windows ARM based tablets will definitely further cut into laptop sales but in my opinion they aren’t the death of the laptops but more the evolution of laptops becoming even more portable.

      The keyboard issue will need to be addressed because as of now it is a pain without a keyboard attachment. Hopefully they will figure something out.

  • semitope

    Tablets can replace laptops but then they would have to become laptops. A tablet like the transformer with its keyboard option seems the future. Other tablets work with keyboards as well. It would really just be an evolution in laptops or a merging of the 2 cousins.