As I start off with my blog on the new website, I find myself trying to decide what to write about for my inaugural post. I’ve seen many things evolve over that past few years in the world of technology, more accurately, the technological explosion of personal electronic devices and their seamless integration into our lives.

To start off with, I’ll use one of the most revolutionary personal devices to come along in 10 years, the tablet. They come in many forms, styles and sizes. Users of these devices run the gamut of technical expertise. Many are used by those who cannot handle a desktop computer. This may sound surprising, but there are many out there who do not use a computer for more than a tool to get a task done. These tend to be the older crowd, before personal computers became so prevalent for everyday home use. It’s no fault of their own; they just weren’t immersed in it like the generations that followed. The 25-54-year age group accounts for the most number of users with tablet based technology.

There are 126 million tablet users in the world, which is expected to reach 150 million by the end of 2013. Apple came on the scene with the first iPad on April 3rd, 2010. (It seems so much longer, doesn’t it?) There was a small niche group of people who saw its usability, but I must admit, when it first came out I remember saying: “What do I need that thing for? I have a laptop.” Flash forward to today, and I can’t do my job without one! Funny how technology works its way into our lives! Evolution at its best.

Android has slowly taker over the entire market.  In my professional opinion, the wave that took over Apple sales can be contributed to the mass marketing appeal of Google. Who doesn’t know Google? Add to that a slick advertising campaign to kick it off. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e52TSXwj774) and the wheels were set in motion.

The biggest factor that contributes to the most purchases is price. Android, quite simply, cut the legs off the competition with a considerably cheaper entry point into the market. Everyone could afford one, not just the rich kids buying Apples. The rest is history. Android now consumes 80 percent of sales.

Some interesting facts:

  • There are 126 million tablet users in the world, expected to reach 150 million by the end of 2013
  • 49% of adult tablet users have a college degree and earn more than $75,000 a year
  • Average tablet usage is 14 hours a week, ahead of smartphone and PC usage
  • In 2012, an average tablet user spent $359 buying products online.
  • 84% of tablet users indulge in gaming, 78% searching for information, and 74% accessing e-mail
  • Average tablet usage is 14 hours a week, ahead of smartphone and PC usage

With the huge gain in popularity of tablets, desktop usage is likely to go down by 75%. By the end of 2013, tablet sales will surpass laptop sales globally. The world is changing. You have a choice as to what works best for you.

The bottom line is, even with the increased sales of tablets, and its integration into our world, the personal computer still has a strong presence in our lives. We still need a place we can sit and work comfortably, (in a desk chair, not the couch) type on a full size keyboard, and use a giant monitor to save our tired eyes. In this sense, tablets will complement our lives, changing the way we look at the world around us. The tried and true personal computer will still be our preference when it comes to getting real work done

PCRx will still be here to help you keep them running with our very personal computer repair service

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