Tablets Are a Better Choice Over Notebooks: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-01-15 Print this article Print
Touch Displays

Touch Displays

Many people have gotten acquainted with touch-screens on their smartphones. They have found that touch displays make screen navigation in a mobile operating system much easier. Such ease of use translates into greater productivity business applications. So what they like in smartphone interfaces they want to see in tablets and other types of computers. Some notebooks are starting to ship with touch displays, but until they hit critical mass, tablets will win out.


In two separate studies, research firms Gartner and IDC have revealed that PC shipments are down. Another research firm, NPD DisplaySearch, announced earlier this month that it expects tablet shipments to outpace notebook shipments for the first time this year. The company is also predicting a reduction in overall notebook shipments, driven mainly by the uptick in tablet adoption. PC vendors are, understandably, quite concerned. That tablets are having such a profound impact on notebooks is somewhat surprising. For years, notebooks have been soaring high as consumers and enterprise users opted for the mobility of lighter notebooks. The decline in desktop shipments was anticipated, and follows the rush to maximum mobility. The decline in notebook shipments, however, was not expected. It calls into question whether PC vendors are in worse trouble than they might be willing to admit. The truth is they might just be in real trouble. Tablets are popular purchases these days for a number of reasons, and for the time being, notebooks are taking a back seat. This eWEEK slide show explains why people are choosing tablets over notebooks.


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