Skip to comments.Why Laptops are an Endangered Species
Posted on 12/06/2011 7:02:49 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The latest comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR) data gives us another reason to believe that one day laptops will be obsolete.
It's not that we don't love our laptops. Sometimes they can be downright beautiful. But people really, really love the simplicity of those screen-swiping, finger-flicking devices known as tablets and smartphones. And according to comScore, an increasing number of consumers are using their mobile devices to shop online.
Based on data from comScore's own Mobile Retail Advisor report, the company says that 38% of smartphone owners have used their phone to make a purchase at least once in the course of their device ownership.
The most popular products purchased on smartphones during the month of September included digital goods, clothing/accessories, tickets and daily deals, comScore detailed in a company release. Those and other findings will be presented live during a webinar on Wednesday, December 7.
Fueled by smartphone adoption, mobile is becoming a central part in the shopping funnel for many consumers, Mark Donovan, comScore's Senior VP for mobile, said in today's company release. In September we saw two-thirds of all smartphone owners perform shopping activities on their phones, including comparing products and prices, searching for coupons, taking product pictures or locating a retail store. Considering there are currently 90 million smartphone owners in the U.S., retailers without a well-developed mobile strategy are not only missing a tremendous opportunity with these customers but also risk becoming obsolete in the minds of these digital omnivores.
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How, you might wonder, does this mean the end for laptops? That's simple: every time consumers shift their everyday habits from one device to the next, the losing device gets closer and closer to the end of its lifespan. As recent as 15 years ago, most consumers performed their day-to-day online tasks with a clunky desktop PC. In the last five to 10 years, that trend has shifted toward laptops, thanks entirely to falling prices, increasing power, and the simple fact that laptops are portable and desktops are not.
Now that people are throwing smartphones into their pockets and tablets into their bags, it's becoming all the more difficult (if not all the more pointless) to carry a laptop. Consumers can bank online, shop online, and perform a zillion other laptop tasks using any one of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) or Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) devices available. Going forward, their capabilities are only expected to get stronger.
Long-term, I suspect that Apple or some other clever manufacturer will combine the best of both worlds and release the ultimate touch screen laptop. Until then, expect to see the tablet and smartphone usage data to go up, while desktop PC and laptop usage could continue to deteriorate.
maybe for people who like to swipe around the web and play angry birds.. anyone creating big documents or software is going to want a keyboard
Which is why no one in my household has one.
—maybe for people who like to swipe around the web and play angry birds.. anyone creating big documents or software is going to want a keyboard—
I hate touch screens mainly because I keep touching things I don’t mean to. I have a samsung galaxy s phone. Half the time, when someone calls, I accidentally hang up on them when I pull my phone out of my pocket.
And a friend, who is an Apple junkie, was given the Apple tablet by his employer. He said it is not portable enough to be “more portable” than his laptop. And for him that means they are equally portable. And the laptop gives him a full keyboard. He sees the tablet as pretty useless.
Personally, I’d like to see a laptop with a touch screen.
I hate touchscreens. Love my laptop.
I program for a living, so I won’t be giving up my Mac Book Pro anytime soon.
I would have believed it if this was a story about the desktop PC.
Just try to swipe and copy a few words of text on a tablet.
How would I used Photoshop, Illustrator or Premiere on a tablet? Where is the large amount of storage for an hour of video.
The only way those platforms will take off (besides the novelty of it) if it’s integrated into a larger primary computer system ala the pads used in Star Trek.
I use my iPad for everything except Photoshop. I’m a photographer, so I need Photoshop (and Lightroom). I have a wireless keyboard to use with my iPad, so I can type long emails without wanting to scream. I hate typing on a flat surface! I make spreadsheets with my iPad. I shop with my iPad. Like I said, I only need my PC for photo editing and for storing my photos.
Ditto. Touch screens get dirty, and have no reasonable input device.
Does anyone know how to cut and paste on a Android Galaxy? Just wondering.
I can tell my kids “I can remember a time when computers hadn’t been invented yet”. They’ll be able to tell their kids “I can remember a time when most computers sat on desks. My great grandchildren may never actually see a physical computer.
If you think about it, engineering is really magic in ultra slow motion.
I should probably add to my post above by saying that I’ve been going back and forth about buying a laptop because I’d like to be able to edit photos when I’m not home. But, that would be the only reason I’d buy one. So, this article really captured my interest. I just don’t know if I want to shell out big bucks just to be able to edit away from home. I only do my photography part time.
Tryy making a Visio Network Diagram with an Ipad. try reading a CAD plan on an Ipad........
Sorry but this needs editing for truth.
Why Smartphone manufacturers want Laptops
are an to become an Endangered Species.
Two words: Proprietary Content
My husband is always talking about those kind of keyboards. I would never be able to use one effectively. I need feedback when I hit a key. I love my iPad, but hate typing on it. I use a bluetooth keyboard and I love it.
The past few days have seen me creating some Jazz DVD’s with video I collected off of YouTube. I also update websites, maintain a newsletter, create and revise documents and presentations, much of the stuff computers were developed to do. Tablets (and especially smart phones) are a far cry from this type of need. Surfing the net, watching a movie, listening to music, reading a book, sure. But hard core computing, no. Sure, there are keyboards you can plug in to a tablet, but who want’s to carry another device just so you can use the main device.
Perhaps someday some other device will replace laptops, or maybe laptops will become smaller (the notebooks are now but don’t have the processing power). But until then, laptops are for me and will be in the future.
My Mom got an early present, an Ipad. I set it up for her.
I’ll stick with my laptop.
:: if its integrated into a larger primary computer system ala the pads used in Star Trek. ::
Only that on Star Trek, they didn’t call it “The Cloud”.
My friend I mentioned is a web site designer and graphic artist. ;-)
I have a Toshiba entry level laptop I bought recently for under $400. It only came with 3Gb RAM so I upped it to 8Gb. I use it for my DVD video work and to play games. I use my Dell Inspiron at 4Gb RAM for all my other work and web surfing. I don’t see why one of these lower-end laptops wouldn’t work for you based on what you’ve written.
I just bought my wife a nice Toshiba laptop, with Windows 7 installed, from Best Buy...
With prices like that, laptops are NOT going away anytime soon.
Neat! It’s a ghost writer!
It's just a matter of how comfortable people become to connecting them to keyboards and large monitors.
What really happens is this:
Imagine that someone would say that a farmer should replace his truck with a motorcycle because so many city kids ride motorcycles. He'd be laughed at. Same here. Power users - or really any users who do work on their computers - are using notebooks and desktops. It's not just because of keyboard and a larger screen; you can attach those to the tablet as well. Primarily it's because of two things: performance and software.
Business needs are so closely tied to specific pieces of software that it's hard to even change the OS from Windows to Mac or Linux. Need AutoCAD? Use Windows. Need SolidWorks? Use Windows. Need MS Office (unclouded version)? Use Windows or Mac. Your business requires IE for SharePoint integration? Use Windows. Tablets aren't even in the running here, simply because their software is far more primitive compared to PC versions.
Performance is another issue. Some would say that it's plenty fast for what they are doing. That's fine, it only means that they aren't doing anything important. Try to edit a 100-page MS Word document with illustrations, on a tablet or a smartphone. You'd hurl that smartphone into the wall within minutes.
Smartphones open new markets for software vendors. That is true. People who never played with entry-level software now can do that on their phones. But this new market doesn't affect the established market of business systems and software, even if some people are present in both spaces. You can't do business computing on a smartphone - unless you are a PHB so high up that your computer needs are limited to finding out what the weather is.
I have four notebooks and five desktops (I think) at home. I have no smartphones. I have one tablet (Galaxy Tab) that I got to use for free; I'm reading e-books on it in bed. I'd never pay money for it just to do that. Nothing else on that tablet is of any value to me. My cell phone can only make and receive calls; it has no SMS or Web capabilities, and I like it that way. As you can see, I'm not suffering from lack of computers, I work with them all day long. I don't need another one in my pocket.
I haven't done my research yet, but the main thing I'll need is a lot of RAM and a screen with good color that I can calibrate. Thank you for your suggestions. I appreciate it.
Hey, I was only talking about my own needs. I wasn't saying everyone else could live with only an iPad. :-)
Honestly, I can't stand the touch pad ( I think thats what its called ) and can not use it for Photoshop.
Am curious what you think about ACD PhotoCanvas for restoration of images? Heard about it on a forum and the author said it was far easier and faster than Photoshop.
I trade futures so have a desktop in my office with 4 huge screens. Have a laptop that I used to carry with me everywhere. Since I got my ipad about 14 mnths ago haven’t touched the laptop. Throw the ipad in my purse and off I go. Love it.
Go on Ebay.
There are usually over 27,000 Laptops for sale there.
Don't bid high, If you get outbid, pick another as there will be another available in less than an hour.
Haven’t used ACD PhotoCanvas.
Just a Photoshop guy ...
I will not change from my laptop like my parents won’t change from their desktop. They have trouble seeing the laptop screen and I have trouble trying to read a dinky screen. We also have no problem not being “ON” and connected to the world at every moment of our lives. My phone is just a phone nothing else, it’s all I need. Same with music disks, no mp3 for me, I have no need to carry my entire music collection everywhere I go.
I don’t like the idea of my information being in a ‘cloud’ either, but was thinking more along the lines of a central home computing system instead.
The thing is this: I have a newer laptop with a Core i7 processor, that has much more horsepower than any tablet on the market. I can crunch and edit large photos/video for at least an hour on the battery, while it’s powering a USB hard drive. You just can’t get that performance out of a tablet.
I’m nearly 18,000 words into writing a book. I wouldn’t want to do this on a pad or a phone, and I often set up to write a bit in restaurants or public places. The laptop is the vehicle of choice.
HP has a laptop with a touchscreen. I bought one a few years ago for college note taking. I have moved on.
Anyone at home or officer will want
A. a keyboard
B. a decent sized monitor
C. A computer powerful enough to handle any need.
D. To have the monitor in a comfortable position. A pad would be flat on the desk, with the user having to look down.
The laptop combines all of this with portability. Some form of laptop and desktop will be with us for a long long time.
I’ve been using my custom desktop for three years and wouldn’t give it up, as I can pop up to four hard drives in and out of the front, easily changing operating systems and data drives. For the last year I’ve thought about getting a laptop, specifically an Apple. As for a tablet, I didn’t think they were other than a fad.
However, after getting my wife an iPad I’ve found it to be very handy and use it all around the house, in the shop and outside. Have my email, a camera, Skype, notes, books and FR at hand.
Now have a Kindle Fire also, and got one of those for each of the three year old grandkids for Christmas as well.
You make good points, but there is another segment of computer users who will not switch to tablets, and that is gamers. There’s no way they will ditch desktops and laptops for tablets since they can’t get the power to play the latest games on a tablet.
On my Xoom, it's a long press over a word and then two sliders show up with the text between them highlighted. You move the sliders to cover what text you're interested in and press 'copy' at the top of the screen.
A long press in a text entry field will give you a pointer with a 'paste' label hovering over it, press the paste label and your text will appear.
The only screen issue with my Toshiba Satellite is that it doesn’t get to the higher screen resolution my Dell Inspiron has. But the color is fine. I watch downstream video shows and movies on my Dell but haven’t tried it on the Toshiba. (As I stated, the Toshiba is primarily for games and video > DVD compilations.) Also, keep in mind that if the screen size is an issue for you, it’s easy as can be to hook up an external monitor. Doesn’t work for travel of course, but at home/office it’s worthwhile.
I use a mouse for virtually all my work on both my laptops. Infrequently I’ll take my Dell into the living room and use it on my lap while watching TV, but I get frustrated with the mouse pad and usually give up after a while.
I bought my wife a Notebook a couple years ago. All she does is get her email and look at sewing patterns and stuff online. It suits her fine. But I absolutely hate the smaller keyboard. It drives me nuts. So, I keep my hands off of it unless I need to make some adjustments or solve connection issues.
Using Dragon Dictation, I can just talk to my iPad and it types itself.
What program are you using to download YouTube videos and can it also be used to further download to an MP3 player? Thanks.
It depends on the application.
A smartphone is fine for checking the web and basic functions. I hate trying to access my bank account or post long comments because the “keyboard” is terrible. I do check the occasional e-mail and my kids will watch Netflix on it at a restaurant while waiting for food.
I use a desktop for job hunting, searching the web, playing DVDs or streaming movies for the kids, gaming, long FR posts, e-mails and other writing.
I use a Wii for other gaming.
I use a Blu-Ray player for playing Blu-rays, DVD’s or streaming movies from Netflix.
My wife is getting a laptop for when she returns to college to finish her degree.
It is not that things are going away, now you have multiple devices to choose from, depending on your specific needs.