Leosghost - 7:29 pm on Jul 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
If you want to predict the future of computing -- do a study of 12-18 year old's computing habits.
My "in house research group" is 18 ..my son
..research group "outside of the house", is the rest of them his age, or a little older..smallish laptops is as big as they get..
Bigger laptops they don't want..unless its to watch bluerays on ..and then they have PS3's anyway ..and HD TV to hook them up to. ..
He is unusual for the "research group" in that he builds games and works with 3D and animations ..and has 3 desktops with their own dual screen hi-def setups on each ..and all the consoles currently on the market and HD TV ..
The rest of them have no desktops ..just phones ..pads and laptops ..they do 90% of their surfing via their phones or pads..10% by their laptops ..non of the laptops have screens bigger than the 900 vertical def ..they use them for watching movies in 720p widescreen...
Higher def tablets ..maybe..but they use them already for browsing the web ..what they want is for ithings to run flash..it has to be shiny, a fashion brand, and run websites with flash, just like a laptop ..same applies to TV s that can run the web ..they need to run flash..the day that apple slabs and phones run flash..laptop sales will as g1smd said "fall of a cliff"...
Schools are already giving out tablets for kids to do homework on ..in this respect the USA is waaaay behind what is happening in the rest of the world..our local school ( and I live in a small place on the sea shore not a big town ) just gave out 200 ipads ..and only 100 laptops for the kids to use for course and home work..
Telecoms here are already giving them away, pads and tabs in the 7" and 10" sizes and HD def with two year contacts ..and they are flying out the door faster than they can unpack them ..my ISP is offering them from september free ..no caps ..I just have to add a few euros per month onto how much I already pay for no caps and worldwide phone calls and free calls to mobiles nationally.. calls from pads and smart phones and surfing from them are a "tag on" to their deal..total cost ..less than $50.oo per month..
If the kids are over 18 and going through college then maybe a laptop ..but there are already pad devices and phones with keyboards and keyboard docks ..soon as ( probably apple or maybe samsung or acer ) brings out tablets with thumb operated keyboards so that you can type the way you text..laptops will become something you'll have to ask for as only a few, if any will be on display in the shops.