Tablets won't replace laptops just yet
The rapid success of the tablet computer has caused many PC manufacturers to turn their business in a new direction. While there is much to gain by launching a successful tablet, one industry observer does not expect the mobile device to replace the traditional laptop PC anytime soon.
Writing for the Tech Block, Yasir Hossain points out that few households have abandoned their laptops for tablets. Despite the enormous growth of the latter, people still rely on the former for their more pressing computing needs.
Hossain highlights areas where the tablet needs to improve to supplant the laptop PC. The first is haptic technology. The touchscreen is one of the key draws of the tablet, but Hossain asserts that the technology is not being used to its full potential. Haptic technology -- which creates a tactile sensation on the touchscreen -- could be used in any number of creative ways to help bring tablets to the next level.
The blogger also cites a need for duplicity in tablet computers. The laptop functions as a device for both entertainment and productivity. For most people, the tablet only embodies the former. The tablet will need to become a bigger part of people's lives to make more of an impact.
Though they may not replace laptops in the immediate future, tablets are having a heyday at the moment. According to research firm IDC, tablet shipments will reach 106 million in 2012. In contrast, IDC expects PC sales to surpass 500 million units.