There was a time when it would have been hard to imagine any piece of equipment that could outdo the personal computer. Laptops and desktop computers have become a major part of many peoples’ lives.
But now it seems the tide may be turning – that is, if the latest blog posts and news articles are true. Apparently the sales of tablets are getting better and better, putting a dent in the growth of the PC market. Computer sales in the United States were forecast to grow by approximately 6.7% in the last three month sales period. In reality the growth was just 2.3%. Some of this slow movement will undoubtedly be due to the economic situation, but this appears to be only half the story.
The most eye catching and headline making tablet of all is of course the iPad. Certainly, Apple’s sales of their much trumpeted gadget have done exceptionally well in its first year. When you consider its success amidst a challenging economic market, you can see that perhaps it is having a marked effect on the sale of PCs.
Only time will tell whether this trend will continue. One would suspect it will end somewhere, since a tablet cannot do everything that a personal computer can. But similarly a tablet has advantages that even a laptop does not, never mind a desktop. So it can be expected that tablets will continue to garner good sales in the months to come.