Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 19:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Lies, damned lies, and statistics. A really annoying overused catchphrase which sadly happens to be an adequate description of a story which appeared on Fortune's website, in which a Morgan Stanley report is quoted as saying that the introduction of tablet computers - the iPad specifically - have caused netbook sales to plummet. It seems like the researcher in question, however, needs to learn how to read her own graphs.
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RE[2]: History repeating
by vivainio on Fri 7th May 2010 05:28 UTC in reply to "RE: History repeating"
vivainio
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2008-12-26

Quote from that article:

I don't think I'll be buying any more desktops going forward. I don't think I'll even be buying any more laptops going forward.

They've all been largely obsoleted (at least at my home) by a sleek $499 device that doesn't really have any right to be called a "computer" in the traditional sense.


Now, you can all start yelling how his case is untypical, or why it wouldn't apply to you, or whatever.

Or, you can accept that yes, tablets are a nifty "new" product that we'll all end up having sooner or later. It moves the economy forward and creates interesting buzz in tech industry, why should we be complaining? (except, of course, about the first entry to this new wave of tablets coming from Apple).

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RE[3]: History repeating
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 7th May 2010 07:21 in reply to "RE[2]: History repeating"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Now, you can all start yelling how his case is untypical, or why it wouldn't apply to you, or whatever.


I can yell that the Wii caused the same kind of starry-eyed comments. Everybody was talking about it. Now I never hear a peep about the Wii from any of these people - it's just there collecting dust.

In the meantime, people that bought a PS3 or Xbox 360 - you know, the traditional console players - are still using their consoles on a daily basis, buying loads of games.

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RE[4]: History repeating
by Heard on Fri 7th May 2010 10:37 in reply to "RE[3]: History repeating"
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2009-12-24

Last time I checked Wii games still dominated the games sales.

See: http://www.vgchartz.com/weekly.php

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RE[4]: History repeating
by vivainio on Fri 7th May 2010 10:39 in reply to "RE[3]: History repeating"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I can yell that the Wii caused the same kind of starry-eyed comments. Everybody was talking about it. Now I never hear a peep about the Wii from any of these people - it's just there collecting dust.


Wii is used to run games; an expendable community that gets old fast.

Tablets are used for internet, which "keeps on giving".

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RE[4]: History repeating
by google_ninja on Fri 7th May 2010 13:29 in reply to "RE[3]: History repeating"
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2006-02-05

Some differences and similarities;

1) The xbox and ps3 are fighting for the same market. The Wii created a completely new market, that was a heck of a lot larger then the traditional one. I think that is what Apple is banking on, not going after places or people that really need PCs, but creating a market with people who are using machines that are really inappropriate for their needs currently.

2) Wii owners don't buy as many games, (but the games they do buy are published by nintendo, almost exclusively). iPhone owners on the other hand tend to buy way more apps then virtually any other computing platform. At least around where I live, obj-c is hands down the most marketable skill a programmer can have, and an app, any app, on the appstore will virtually guarantee them a decent job. I would say the iPhone trend would be closer to what ends up happening on the iPad, but we will see.

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RE[3]: History repeating
by DigitalAxis on Sat 8th May 2010 06:02 in reply to "RE[2]: History repeating"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Tablets have been around for ages. Apple just got people to decide they wanted one.

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