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PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months 449

dcblogs writes "In a historic shift, shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PC shipments in the next 18 months, an event that may signify the end of the PC-centric era, market research firm IDC said. IDC said worldwide shipments this year of app-enabled devices, which include smartphones and media tablets such as the iPad, will reach 284 million. In 2011, makers will ship 377 million of these devices, and in 2012, the number will reach 462 million shipments, exceeding PC shipments. In 2012, there will be 448 million PC shipments. One shipment equals one device. PC sales will continue to climb, but will no longer rule."
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PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

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  • by countSudoku() ( 1047544 ) on Tuesday December 07, 2010 @02:36PM (#34477010) Homepage

    Most awesome! May I also subscribe, multiple times, to your newsletter?

    I look forward to orphaning all the perfectly good hardware I own in favor of a paperless, flying-car world of handheld delights and not very good copy or pasting or printing... what's scanning? Well, that's something we used to do with a thing called a USB serial port that our plamtop vendors forgot to equip us with. Now we "scan" by taking a picture of the page you want copied, then upload it thru email to your facetwit account, then convert it into a textless PDF, and we're done... almost. Now, download it again on a real computer and print via an actual USB port connected to a printer(not over wireless where we lose many features), and we're done. Hooray, we are teh suck!

    Now, if you'll excuse me I'm off to purchase every doorknob at OSH...

  • by Toe, The ( 545098 ) on Tuesday December 07, 2010 @02:40PM (#34477086)

    More broadly: anything creative is better done on a computer than a tablet.

    A tablet (etc.) is for consumption of content. They rock for accessibility and convenience: just what you need when you are passively consuming content, such as reading or watching. Even gaming counts, as you are not putting anything in to the device: just getting entertainment out of it.

    But if you are trying to create something (prose, music, code, graphics, databases, and so on and so on), then a full-fledged computer is vastly superior.

    Maybe this will change someday, as the interfaces for devices improve and the apps develop. But in the short-term, I defy someone to create billboard-quality graphics, commercial-grade websites, or a publication-level novel on a tablet. I suppose it can be done, but it would be a heck of a lot easier with a full computer.

  • Television example (Score:5, Interesting)

    by droidsURlooking4 ( 1543007 ) on Tuesday December 07, 2010 @02:46PM (#34477164)
    Considering buying a new HDTV right now. Many are 'Internet Ready" which means it runs "apps". For a smartphone I suppose "apps" make sense but when I can just a good monitor and put a small Eee pc [] behind it with hdmi, gigabit ethernet, basically the whole Internet and any "app" I want, those Internet Ready devices fall flat. Why would I limit myself to today's hyped snapshot of the Internet experience? I'll keep them in mind for my fridge though.
  • Re:Hype (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Tuesday December 07, 2010 @03:48PM (#34478198) Homepage

    My last phone cost $590.00

    My last laptop was $750.00
    My last PC , Quad Core i5 with 8 gig ram... was $699.99

    PC is a bigger investment? It's less than 20% more than the freaking phone if you buy the phone at the cheapest rate, It's 1/2 the price of the phone if you are dumb and subsidize it through the cellphone carrier. iPhone though AT&T is $299+$1500.00 over the next 2 years.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.