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Paul Emmerson @virgovim Vimal Rai, you put it very well. Creating and editing a professional document or spreadsheet or PPT stack or any other serious content is going to need a reasonable sized keyboard and a reasonable sized screen for most people for a very long time. That says laptop/tablet hybrid to me, plus the continuing use of PCs to do occasional heavy lifting. Viewing the content and discussing it is altogether a different matter. As you say, we all do that now on our smartphones. How many SlideShare stacks were created from scratch on a smartphone? If the answer is anything other than zero, I'm sure the process was frustrating and they are not very good from the design/visual point of view.
3 weeks ago
Paul Emmerson You've missed one possible trend. Hybrid laptop/tablet products (swivel screen) with hybrid operating systems (Apple/Android, or Windows/Android) may become very popular. Here's why. Most people in white collar jobs need access to a PC or laptop several times a day, even if their entire social life is smartphone/tablet. At one point we'll decide that we have too many devices to carry around, and BYOD means we need just one for work. So we'll go for a laptop/tablet. The dual OS is convenient for the same reason - for work we'll need Microsoft Office/Google Docs, and for play something more suited for apps and social media. So in the end I think we'll want one medium sized device (a tablet/laptop hybrid) to carry around for the working day, and a smartphone to carry around for all of the day.
3 weeks ago