Tablets vs Laptops (and Desktops)

Desktops are definitely on the decline, as more and more people want to be mobile with their computing.

However, productive business use of a Windows based computing device cannot easily be replaced by a tablet computer.  Tablets are great for email, web browsing, social media, etc., but just cannot replace the larger screen, keyboard attached laptop or desktop for heavy mission critical computing.  Especially since the predominant use of tablets is trending towards the 7-8” form factor, and away from the larger 10-12” form factor. 

Although it may be a lot more convenient having the computing device “in your pocket or purse,” It is just not possible to be as productive as sitting down with a keyboard and mouse at a table or desk for serious use of QuickBooks, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

With its large unsold surplus of Surface tablets, Microsoft has already learned that lesson.

I have had my Surface for almost a year now.  I bought it on November 7th of 2012. I still have a full size laptop in my car for more  intensive computing.

What about you?  What has been your experience??

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There are some things that I find a tablet to be great for: as a cookbook, to check sports stats while watching, to look up stuff at random locations, navigation in planes. But heavier work I do on my MacBook Air laptop, my Lenovo laptop with Windows 8.1, or my old HP desktop with Win XP3 - all depending on what I'm doing. And I combine my iPad with two Android phones. :-)

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