If tablets had come out a decade or two earlier, I doubt people would care! How come? I imagined at that time, tablets would be near useless since modern apps, processors, and plethora of computing options that are now being able to be packaged nicely into a tiny tablet were the stuffs of imagination then. After all, personal computers back then were still so new and incapable if we are comparing the then personal computers against the current ones. In a way, I think I’d read somewhere that had mentioned that Steve Jobs might get the tablet idea from Star Trek, whether this piece of information is wrong or not, even if Steve Jobs had come out the tablets then, nobody would care. With perfect hindsight, now we know why, right? In fact, I think I’d read that Microsoft had come out with certain tablet form factors way earlier than the first wave of popular iPads, but even though at the time laptops and PCs were the norm Microsoft’s tablet form factors failed to pick up steam. In fact, nobody had cared about Microsoft’s tablet form factors then!
With hindsight, we now clearly know why tablets are only matter now, but not back then. Nonetheless, even now, without the hindsight, I think tablets won’t be all that important and cool as to how the current media would like us all to think. In fact, tablets are something that people want to use in very unique circumstances. Let say, smartphones are definitely the better device form factors to carry around since the biggest smartphones might still be a lot smaller and lighter than the smallest and lightest tablets. You get the picture! Smartphones obviously are more convenient and easier to pocket, therefore people feel more personal about their smartphones. The usage of tablets are for the people who have the patience to carry more than one electronic devices when they are out and about. I don’t think there are more folks in that camp than the camp of let carry only all in one small but powerful electronic device (such as smartphone). I can see how awesome a tablet might be as a remote control for a big screen TV. I can see how awesome a tablet might be for reading electronic books and magazines. Nonetheless, I still think people prefer to do all of that on smartphones if they’re out and about.
With the current electronic trend, people are buying more tablets than personal computers. With the current electronic trend, people are definitely buying more smartphones than personal computers. Does this electronic trend tell us that personal computers are about to die a slow death? I doubt so! Nonetheless, I can see why people are buying more smaller electronic device form factors. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see the benefits of carrying something so small and yet so useful as a smartphone or a tablet. For an example, to be able to store thousands of electronic books in a smartphone is definitely a big plus over to how things were done traditionally when it comes down to books. Basically, convenient, useful, and powerful are the three terms that immediately come to mind whenever I think about small electronic device form factors. Smartphones and tablets allow us to feel the power of being productive while on the go. In a sense, the productiveness that radiates from today small electronic device form factors is something that the older generations of homo sapiens had never ever seen before. These small electronic device form factors that set the trend which can be comparable to the older trendsetters such as the bring about of automobiles, planes, and so on.
So, people are buying up more small electronic device form factors, does it mean that the personal computer trend is on a life support system? No, because people still need to be content creators first before there will be content consumers. Without personal computers that are powerful enough to churn out creative works, I doubt there will be much of contents to be consumed on small electronic device form factors. So, I think personal computers are safe for now, because there aren’t any tablet or smartphone out there that can upheave this personal computer reign just yet.
Sure, personal computers are more powerful and come with more choices than ever before, but why people are not thinking or talking about them as much as they used to? Perhaps, personal computers are so normal that we can only see them when we’re actually using them? They’re not exotic as tablets and smartphones. Nonetheless, asking most gamers out there which device or machine they prefer to play latest games on, I would bet personal computer with a humongous display would be the preferable choice, always!
In short, personal computer technology has came a long way and has matured to a point of it’s no longer needing to be talked about constantly in order for it to be attractive. Plus, as personal computer technology improved, so the lifespan of personal computer machines. With so many households are already teaming with personal computers and most mid-end to high-end personal computers are more expensive than smartphones and tablets, therefore I don’t think people want to think or buy personal computers in the same light as how they might want to do so for smartphones and tablets.
In conclusion, I think the three terms I describe earlier — convient, useful, and powerful — are some of the most important factors that dictate why people have been buying so much smartphones and tablets. Nonetheless, if these smartphones and tablets had come out a decade or two earlier, I highly doubt that people would care! In a sense, people are now finding these small electronic device form factors quite useful thanks to the advance of personal computer technology first. In a sense, personal computer technology isn’t a trendsetter anymore showing that personal computer technology had been so matured. Nonetheless, don’t think for a second that personal computer technology is dying, because it’s still the trendsetter when it comes to content producing. So, until the small electronic device form factors get more capable, actually be as capable or better than personal computers, I don’t see how personal computers will be outdated. With that being said, technology usually moves at the speed of light, therefore I’m not sure how relevant my saying, in regarding to personal computer popularity, will be in a near future (i.e., five years down the road).