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Old 07-10-2013, 06:51 PM
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Google Chromebook Under $300 Defies PC Market With Growth - Bloomberg

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Chromebooks have in just the past eight months snagged 20 percent to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops that cost less than $300, according to NPD Group Inc. <snip>

As a result of the shift, worldwide PC shipments fell 4 percent in 2012 and are forecast to decline 7.8 percent this year, the largest annual drop on record, according to researcher IDC.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Hmmm... hated mine and returned it - different strokes
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:26 PM
 
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Like automobiles, computers are being built better so they last longer. Combined with people dropping them for tablets (and I think there are a lot of them) the sales will certainly continue to fall.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:09 PM
 
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Hmmm... hated mine and returned it - different strokes
Ironically, I really like mine (the Samsung Chromebook XE303).

I personally think chromebooks point towards the future of computing. The keys are 1) greater high speed internet ubiquity, and 2) increased development of on-line program equivalents for traditional desktop programs. Both of these trends almost definitely will occur/continue to occur.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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Tablets problem unlike computers and smartphones is they have little commercial use and certainly even sales of smart phones have started to level off. Even if computers flatten out to 200 million a year from present 300 million they will still be a viable business.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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Tablets problem unlike computers and smartphones is they have little commercial use
Makes a lot of sense.

Besides, the whole selling point of tablets is "consuming information". You can consume information on a laptop too and mini laptops (like a 10" with 2 gigs and Win 7) are a LOT more powerful and robust than a tablet. And they cost less. They are real computers. Tablets are a hassle to write with (like writing CD posts).

Tablets are redundant, awkward (need to be held - vs a laptop that sits in position), have no viable keyboard, and in general have a very restrictive operating environment.


But they look cool sitting at Starbucks browsing Facebook.
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