So tablets are on the rise, it seems. Of course, since Apple came out with its iPad, a host of other device makers have caught tablet fever. And that enthusiasm was certainly on full display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
But where, then, does that exuberance over new form factors leave more conventional PCs?
In a bit of a trough, according to research houses IDC and Gartner. In the fourth quarter, PC sales grew at a rate below both firms’ expectations, due to a constellation of factors, including the challenge posed by tablets and other electronics devices.
“Overall, holiday PC sales were weak in many key regions due to the intensifying competition in consumer spending. Media tablets, such as the iPad, as well as other consumer electronic devices, such as game consoles, all competed against PCs,” said Gartner analysts Mikako Kitagawa.