Since Apple first brought us the iPad last year the market for tablets is starting to really take off. Many different companies are trying to get in on the action by bringing out their own tablet PCs. With various notebooks and laptops available as well, is the life of the desktop PC almost at an end?
An article over at Engadget is reporting on some statistics released by Canalys, these are accompanied by a pretty controversial statement. They are basically saying that devices such as the iPad and the Galaxy tab are PCs, and with this in mind they say ‘We are encouraging vendors to plan for the future and not to remain stuck in the past.’
The figures released show that Apple without the iPad doesn’t even break into the top five of global PC manufacturers. In 2009 the company only had a 3.8 percent share of the market, but with the iPad has seen that grow to 10.8. Tablets which are now coming to the market this year are indeed as powerful as many desktops, so the statement from Canalys may not be so wide off the mark after all.
For those of you who are thinking of purchasing a new tablet or notebook, eHow has written an article weighing up the pros and cons for each device. Would you prefer a tablet over a notebook? And how do you think Tablet sales will compare with PC sales in 2011? Use the link to read the full statement from Canalys.