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Subject: Smart phones Date: 1/25/2013 8:01 PM
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It just occured tom that smaart phones, while adding to the profits of many computer manufacturers is cutting pretty big holes in the sales of laptops & desktops.Any ?comments
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Subject: Re: Smart phones Date: 1/25/2013 8:16 PM
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Moreso the tablet computers.

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Who makes much use of his iPad but still likes a big monitor, a physical mouse and a good responsive keyboard...

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Subject: Re: Smart phones Date: 1/25/2013 8:27 PM
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. . . smaart [sic] phones, while adding to the profits of many computer manufacturers is cutting pretty big holes in the sales of laptops & desktops . . .

It probably will continue to do that for a while. But I'm hoping that people are going to realize (finally) that some things need a bigger screen than a little 2 x 4 inch window. Just consider trying to work on a big spreadsheet from a phone:-(

Each platform has its place, and customary usage will tend to level out at some point. Yes, PCs may see somewhat lower sales, but then again, phones these days really are computers, and the chips that make them up are still being made by the same chip manufacturers. Plus, some of the computer sales outlets are selling phones, too.

My personal take is that the phone will become the platform of choice for 'social networking', but laptops and desktops will remain for so called 'hard core computer usage'. It remains to be seen what happens with tablets (which seem best suited for web browsing) and e-readers (which seem best suited for, well, reading). Neither of them have particularly convenient keyboard input (but then, neither do phones), which tends to rule them out for serious computing usage.

It's all very intertwined, and to paraphrase an ancient Chinese 'curse', will make for interesting times:-)

Harry G

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Subject: Re: Smart phones Date: 1/25/2013 10:24 PM
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The worst of it is that the most popular smart phones and tablets do not use Windows. So people like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Dell and even RIM are excluded from this growth segment--unless new products kick in and become popular. As it is, their business is in decline and there is little they can do about it. The WinTel PC has been outmaneuvered.

Many office workers will still have PCs for business uses and heavy typing etc, but the casual user who mostly clicks on icons and sends short messages is probably gone.

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Subject: Re: Smart phones Date: 1/27/2013 4:05 PM
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Everything that has been said is true. Until we see companies like Nuance( nuan ) and is SA stock which I own become the main stay and we are no longer typing. But talking to Siri as she types for us. Then it may be that the tablet and phone that does in most PC 's

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