Laplets vs Tablets – which is the future?

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Laplets, also known as 2-in-1 PCs combines elements of both laptops and tablets. Both Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are considered laplets for obvious reasons. When laplets were introduced few years ago, the tablets (iPads and Android tablets) were way ahead in terms of sales numbers. But based on recent numbers, this trend has been changing – tablet sales growth has slowed down to a halt and there’s even signs that it is declining. Desktop PCs aren’t doing any better – PC sales have been declining for years and so has the conventional Windows laptop sales. Even the mighty Windows 10 is showing a declining after a strong start.

So, how are laplets fairing vs other established competitors in terms of sales?

1010data has published some data on this subject and shows that laplets are doing incredibly well this year. According to their data, Apple iPad is still leading the segment at 32.5% market share with the general declining trend. The biggest gainer is the Surface Book which went up from 16% to 25% – this is a huge increase and if it keeps this up, the Surface Book will overtake the iPad sales!

Are you surprised with this result? Personally, I’m not. I do own an Android tablet but it doesn’t get much use. For productivity use, I need a  fully blown Windows 10 device as Android (and iOS) doesn’t have all the productivity apps I need. For casual work or entertainment purpose, the phone works just fine with its 5-inch display. The Android tablet is mainly used as a eBook reader as phone screens are too small and Windows tablets are too heavy and bulky to carry around for quick trips. For productivity use, my current main device is the Dell XPS 15 but the Surface Pro 4 is almost good enough and I will be adding an external monitor shortly so that will take care of the screen size issue.

My future plan will probably include owning a phone and either a model from Surface Pro lineup or Surface Book with a large external monitor in my office.

 

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  1. I’m on my third Surface Pro and I’ll never go back to a desktop-laptop combination. All in one makes computing easier and a no brainier. Every now and then I’ll pull out my Tab S for movies or reading, but SP3 does it all. Once you have the docking station and the external monitor your system is complete! I keep looking, but nothing is better so far…

  2. the ipad is not a laplet it is solely a tablet as it runs iOS which is a mobile operating system not a full operating system like macOS or windows or even linux for that matter. the surface line is truly a laplet as with the exception of the surface RT they all run full windows. the surface and SP’s function more as a tablet that can be utilized as a laptop while the SB functions more of a laptop that can turn into a tablet. the ipad and apples so called ipad “pro” (just a bigger ipad same OS same crap) are just tablets that run a watered down mobile OS

    • i just wish people would stop placing the two products in the same article because they arent similar outside of the fact that you can hold both in one hand and draw on them. its like comparing cars and vacuum cleaners in the same article yes they both have motors and run on electricity and require human interaction to function but thats as far as it goes. ipads and any other computing device that runs a full OS is the same thing

      • The whole point of this article was to point out that laplets are overtaking tablets… Can’t do that without mentioning both…

  3. just the way you worded that paragraph implies that an ipad is a laplet when it isn’t but i may not be interpreting your wording correctly.

      • I just read it again and to be honest, I couldn’t see the part where I could have implied that iPads are laplets…

        • “1010data has published some data on this subject and shows that laplets are doing incredibly well this year. According to their data, Apple iPad is still leading the segment at 32.5% market share with the general declining trend.”

          This sounds like you were going to discuss how Laplets were doing specifically. But I guess you’re including tablets too?
          What’s the market share including? All tablets including laplets?

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