Originally Posted by Carniflex
I have done it as well on the laptop in the past, however, it is still more effective on a desktop computer when properly set up. Things like multiple screens, good amount of RAM, etc. Ofc depends on what you do specifically. I was doing engineering drawings for houses. Having multiple screens in there was increasing the effectivity substantially if you set it up right. One screen for architects stuff, two to three screens for different views or to be able to see the whole floor at once at a glance and one screen for looking up stuff like strength calculations, material properties tables, etc.
That out of the way I do not think tablets are anywhere near the power level and the usability level to pull off productivity stuff really in most fields. If you are desperate you can sort of get stuff done but it is a lot less effective than actually sitting in front of your computer. I was recently on a conference, my slides were prepared well in andvance so everything was shiny and I decided to not drag my 4 kg "dekstop replacement" laptop with me, I took only a 330 g 7'' Android device with me, just in case also a separate keyboard and mouse. Turned out I needed to update couple of figures in my presentation and it was highly annoying experience, not bcos of the raw power of the device but its just so much not ergonomic. Raw power is not an issue nowadays if you have internet connection. You just remote desktop into your PC run the highly demanding mat-lab scripts in there which walk through gigabytes of data and make you your needed figures in a reasonable time but then you are sitting in front of 7'' 1280x800 pixel screen with your keyboard and mouse and try to get stuff done while you are used to doing things in a lot more effective manner at 5400x1920 desktop resolution.
After all - it is not only the tablets that gain in power but also desktops. And as it stands thing attached to the power-grid will have an performance edge over a thing which has to run off batteries.
Tablets are great and convenient devices for media consumption. But the fact that you can use one in theory for productivity does not mean that you should. Right tool for the job gets the job done more effectively.
BTW - getting high desktop resolution is not as expensive people seem to think nowadays. You can get something like 10 - 12 megapixels with ~1000 eur budget (3x 1440p catleaps or 5x 1080p IPS screens) and the cheapest GFX cards capable of 5 screens are ~ 100 eur (5770 or 6770 Eyefinity 5 models) or ~ 250 eur for more recent models like 7870 Eyefinity 6 versions. I would expect price per pixel fall even further by the end of this year with everyone and his dog making their best effort to put as cheap 4K screen as they can on the market and grab some share of that as this seems to be the "new 1080p" in the minds of display manufacturers.
Useful tablets are still in their infancy, the ipad, which is the most popular one to date was only released 3 years ago. Thats nothing. There will always be a place for desktops, but they will continue to decline in sales as tablets, laptops, and hybrids become more powerful, and the internet becomes faster. Your example is a realistic one, but doesnt apply to that many people. Plus it couldve worked much better if you had an MHL to HDMI dongle, letting you output to any HDMI screen, but your tablet sounds older and I know it cant push that resolution. However if you took a galaxy S4 or similar, you could do full HD 60FPS no problem, and then you could VNC using something like splashtop to your desktop (which could for all intensive purposes be a VPS), use a wireless keyboard and mouse (unless you had a dock) and you would essentially have your computer. But obviously tablets and smartphones arent exactly productive in some environments, so a laptop or hybrid is really what you would need.
Originally Posted by ladcrooks
tablets will not replace laptops
laptops will not replace desktops
But I guess the desktops are not being brought like they were years ago.
And how many females do you know that game? They are the tablet, laptop buyer
And how many males play simple games like minecraft, facebook games, flash games, dota, counter strike? How many males have a console to game on instead of a PC? Your theory is wrong and sexist. Take a look at smartphone games. 99% of them are very basic, yet they get BILLIONS of downloads.
Laptops are replacing desktops, tablets are replacing laptops, and hybrids will soon replacing tablets. Go look at the sales numbers, it is happening, its not just my opinion.