10 reasons why tablets still can't replace laptops or desktop PCs


Can the tablet replace the laptop or desktop PC? Don Reisinger of eWeek doesn't think so. Post-PC era or not, some of the reasons shared by Reisinger resonate with me.

For one, he notes that the capabilities of ARM-based processors, such as Nvidia's Tegra 3 and Apple's A6X, pale in comparison to the processing powers of the latest PC chips from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and AMD.

And despite the large number of apps in the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) App Store, few of these are actually as sophisticated and complex as desktop apps on the Windows or the Mac.

Moreover, laptops do deliver a similar level of mobility as tablets, but are more ideal candidates when it comes to being "ideal productivity-maximizing solutions for enterprise users", writes Reisinger.

And for all the appeal of the tablet form factor, he argues that notebooks are turning into tablets with the incorporation of touch screens. You can check out the full list of reasons here.

Coincidentally, I thought through this topic recently before concluding that I wouldn't be able to switch to a tablet for my work. Check out my list of reasons here.

For more:
- check out Reisinger's article at eWeek

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