[Opinion: The Ridiculous Tablet vs. PC Debate that wasn't]
Let me just get this out of the way so you know where I stand. Tablets are another PC form factor. It's just that simple. To claim otherwise comes off as trying to be sensationalistic to sell a story, naive, or possibly disingenuous. Sound too harsh? Well allow me to explain as I'd rather not be on the side that's confusing and obfuscating what's really going on inside the complexities of the PC market. Let's dissect what a PC is and why a Tablet is one.
In all of these key cases the OS, the Form Factor, and the apps continue to evolve whenever advancements are being made in either the coding languages, the components that make up the various form factors, and the software apps that we interoperate with.
Tablets still allow us as users to do most of the software applications we've all come to know and love. Can you still surf the internet? Play a game? Do an email? Chances are yes. More robust and capable tablets such as the MS Surface Pro allow you to do anything you normally would be able to do at work or for leisure. Lastly; when you crack it open you still see these newer devices being powered by some 'x' processor, (e.g. ARM, AMD, Intel, etc), there's still a motherboard, memory, & typically a drive (solid state or otherwise). All you're seeing is just another evolutionary branch on the tree of PC.
Here's one picture of how I like to illustrate it
So there you have it. I think the next steps we'll see in the evolution of PCs will be credit card-sized PCs, perhaps some wearables, and much smarter PC devices that we can interact with more. The future is exciting indeed and the PC, in all its myriad and evolving forms, is bound to be with us for a very long time.
I'll summarize it like this to the press, analysts, researchers, etc. Please stop confusing the form with the function. The only thing dying right now isn't the PC but rather the single purpose and 'dumb' devices.
I hope you enjoyed this piece. If you disagree or agree I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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