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Aug 22, 2014


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Cedric Desbordes - www.graebert.com

Hi Ralph,
I read the same article from Tomi but do not read the same about tablets. The author explains how tablets are for a different use case than smartphones because a smartphone fits into your pocket and have constant access to the networks. He also explains that there will be by far more smartphones than tablets which means the global revenue for apps will be higher for smartphones.

Let me quote exactly his words about tablets: "Yes they are very VERY good replacements of laptops and in many cases can do what smartphones do - but they will not replace the smartphone. They are only ultraportable PCs and their market is a tiny slice in magnitude of what will be the global smartphone market."

I can agree with Tomi on that but see also a different situation for our industry. I think we can agree that CAD is not something you can expect to do on the small screen of a smartphone but you might use it to be notified of a modification and to have a quick look at a drawing. On the other hand a tablet is something that has a larger screen and that you can hold in hand and move around, especially when you don't have to type too much text (which would typically require a keyboard).

Interestingly you can see that the leading manufacturers are all announcing now tablets aiming more specifically at professionals (iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Note Pro but also hybrids like the Asus Transformer Book Trio). See also the discussions between Apple and IBM on the one side and Google with HP on the other side. At the Graebert Annual Meeting we will show with the launching of ARES Touch for Android some interesting numbers: tablets are now breaking into the professional world.

The way I see it is that professionals used to work only on one PC and we are now reaching a post-PC era with professionals using one or more PCs (and potentially under different OS) + a smartphone (or maybe 2) + more and more frequently tablets (potentially as a side device or as a replacement for a laptop).

What do you think?

Ralph Grabowski

I agree with you that there are two use cases for tablets:

- Casual consumption by consumers: this market is mature (current tablet technology is good enough) and is saturated (sales are slowing).

- Production use by professionals: this market needs faster-stronger-better technology to handle the extreme uses cases presented by 2D/3D CAD and digital content creation (movies, animation, games)

An Android tablet with a keyboard is an amazing product (as I keep harping about my Asus TF-101 Transformer with dual batteries and lots of ports). When I urge manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo to produce such products, their eyes glaze over -- and they keep outputing stunted $180models instead.

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