Tablets are the new laptops, laptops demoted to desktops

Keith Schacht| September 18th, 2010
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I’ve had my iPad for a few months now and I’ve been surprised to see that it now has earned about 20% of my time in front of a computer. Email, reading, general web browsing are great when I’m on the go, but even when I’m at home and my laptop is right here, my iPad is till the preferred device for most of these task. It’s more pleasant to sit in a comfy chair and hold it like a book. And when I set it on a table I can touch type pretty well. I have no question it will have captured 80% of my computing within a couple years. I can’t wait for the next version.

I’m reminded of what it felt like to own my first laptop many years ago. Originally my laptop was a great option when I needed to do work on-the-go, but it was really only good for a subset of computing tasks. I still needed a desktop at home for “real” computing, but I haven’t owned a desktop for at least 5 years now ever since the speed of an affordable laptop caught up with desktops. Now with the iPad we’re starting the cycle all over again. I can’t wait till the day that I don’t own a laptop. Tablets are taking over.

What new class of applications are we going to see made possible by these?

3 Responses to “Tablets are the new laptops, laptops demoted to desktops”

  1. Manolo Says:
    September 19th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    my laptop died four days after I got my iPad so I decided to see how long before I really had to fix the laptop, how long i could function with just an iPad and a desktop at home.

    60 day and a Bluetooth keyboard later, i found my iPad pretty much replaced my laptop. I do use my Mac desktop with a nice monitor at home. outside the home, it is 85% iPad.

  2. Keith Schacht Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Manolo, I’m right there with you. It’s surprising how much the iPad can do. I spend too much time coding for my iPad to replace my laptop yet, but I can see how for some types of computer users the iPad is already 80% of the way there. And you gotta love the 7-8 hr battery life.

  3. Christopher S. Rollyson Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Great observation.. I have noticed the same thing, on a smaller scale, when I’ve been able to survive for a day or two on my iphone, true, at limited capacity, but I still had to remind myself that, hey, this is a “phone”!

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