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2013: Tablets all around us

Staff writer ▼ | December 31, 2012
There are many predictions about IT industry in 2013 but one thing is for sure: it will be the year of tablet computers. They are powerful enough for a range of tasks and they are not toys anymore.
Tablets
TabletsThere are many predictions about IT industry in 2013 but one thing is for sure: it will be the year of tablet computers. They are powerful enough for a range of tasks and they are not toys anymore.


Tablet PC panel shipments exceeded those of notebook PC panels in October, revealed DisplaySearch in its survey and that was the final sign that the shift to tablet PCs from the clamshell notebook PC is in under way. Another research from Digitimes shows that tablet shipments will pass the 200 million units this year and that's a 38.3 percent increase year after year.

A lot of buyers who were searching for light and small notebook discovered that tablets are suitable for their needs - we at Histerius, for example, know that they can be used for a range of tasks, from surfing and writing to moderate photo manipulations - and their main dilemma was should they get and Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. Add to that the advent of Microsoft Windows 8, not a really strong competitor yet but growing, and you'll the hot tablet market out there.

Apple is still a hot story with its devices but Google Nexus is to see a very good year with predictions of 19 million tablets sold in 2013. Other companies such as Amazon are devoted to Android operating system too and that's the reason why Apple's tablet market share will fall in the next year but in general the number of tablets sold will grow significantly.

Holiday statistics is also impressive: over the Christmas weekend 3.7 million new Android devices were activated. We don't know how many of those were tablets and how many smartphones, but the fact that that's 2.5 times more activations than on the average day speaks volumes.

In the field of applications, over the same Christmas weekend users downloaded more than 392 million applications on their Android and iOS devices and that's almost twice as much as on the average day. Here we should mention that there's more and more very capable application written for tablets that use their screen estate and processing power and that puts traditional notebook in a bad position. Admittedly, we ourselves use desktop computers for hard tasks such as large Photoshop manipulations, programming and complex design but all other, "lighter" tasks can be done on our Galaxy Tab 10.1.

If you take a look at the news you'll see that main tech stories about tablet war among major players, there's no "notebook war" anywhere in sight. Add to that that more than 70% of Americans has a PC, and the situation is similar in other countries, and you get a tablet as an obvious choice as the second personal computer for work, play and social interaction.

One mostly overlooked thing in favor of tablets is that their screen size and processing powers allows web designers to skip the development of mobile applications - if the website is done properly it will happily work on the tablet. That's good for users too because they don't have to install an app for every single website and service out there. There's no doubt that 2013 will be the year of tablets and we can just argue what's better: iOS or Android. Or Windows 8 when they hit the market with the full power.


 

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