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Last week we asked you for your opinions on the future of paper What Is The Future Of Paper? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Is The Future Of Paper? [MakeUseOf Poll] Paper still has a strong hold on our society, although it’s quickly diminishing. Many people choose to forego paper bills entirely, and pay everything online. E-readers have also had quite an impact in the short... Read More . The majority of voters think paper will never disappear entirely, not by electronic or non-electronic substitutes.

Out of exactly 250 voters, 36% believe paper in its current form will never disappear, 18% think paper will only disappear when we find a good non-electronic substitute for it, 11% think paper will disappear when we run out of trees, 19% think paper will stay for a while longer, but might disappear in 100-200 years, and 16% think we’ll be free of paper within the next 10-20 years.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

All in all, when combining everyone’s answers, around 65% of the voters don’t think paper is going to vanish so easily, while 35% believe it will vanish sooner or later, going at the current rate.

This week’s poll question is: Will Tablets Eventually Replace Laptops?


Up until less than 2 years ago, most people had never even heard of tablets. With the historical release of the first iPad, tablets have leaped into immense popularity, and are now being manufactured and sold by numerous companies, and for sometimes very low prices. When tablets first appeared, many people were wondering “what are these things actually good for?”, but as time goes by, more and more people do more and more things using their tablets, and there’s definite talk about them replacing laptops in the near future. So what do you think? Can you see yourself giving up your trusty laptop for a tablet?

If you think tablets will replace laptops, why? If not, what do you think are the missing components in tablets? What are the things you need in a laptop that simply can’t be solved by a tablet? Share your opinions in the comments.

  1. san
    April 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

    There are things you can only do with mouse, keyboard and big screen... table is fun for playing simple games and surfing sites like facebook and instagram.. but to do real creative tasks i am afraid you'll need a laptop... like photoshopping, real multitasking, writing faster and playing badass strategy games... also watching movies isn't fun in tablets... tablet is good only when you are on move.

  2. Susendeep Dutta
    January 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Tablets can compare to laptops only when they reach the productivity level as those by the laptops with great battery life.I expect that the upcoming Windows 8 tablet will definitely change the scenario as they will have Intel/AMD processor support,legacy apps.This will give ipad a very needed tough competition and improve the tablet market scene.

  3. P.Vin
    January 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    From an IT equipment perspective  the Tablets need to be configurable as anLaptop ( Aka rooted inside Warranty - to install whatever OS/Mod  you want). From a user side - the Tablet IS Already substituting the laptop ( a better easier interface no matter if dual single or Quad processor on the hardware)

  4. Chase
    January 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

    web browsing isnt as quick on my tegra2 dualcore honeycomb tablet than my laptop. maybe the tegra3 quadcore tablets will be though.

  5. Cell Travis
    January 16, 2012 at 5:20 am

    I don't think tablets are at a point where they can be considered as laptop replacements. The flexibility of a laptop is miles ahead of what's possible on a tablet though, of course, with time, tablets will start to eat into the domain of laptops. From a functional viewpoint, both tablets and laptops will continue to be relevant in their respective spaces... for now.

  6. Nick K.D Chaleunphone
    January 16, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I think Tablets will replace ebooks and textbooks. They will make them obsolete by the year 2020. Though laptops and tablets will still have their place.

    • Yaara
      January 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      So you think we won't have anything like the Kindle (not Fire) and any of the other e-ink eReaders? That's interesting, a question for a different poll!

  7. Anonymous
    January 16, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I think they will. They are easily to handle than laptops sue to their form factor, and the fastest changing market is the phone and tablet segment.

  8. Greg
    January 16, 2012 at 1:24 am

    No! Tablets are so annoying for me. I need a real keyboard to type on

  9. Sumangal Vinjamuri
    January 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

    tablets are no good for intensive typing or for hardcore gaming! laptops are irreplacable in that sense!

    • Reuben Walker
      January 16, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Yes, but laptops aren't exactly the preferred device for hardcore gamers, and people who do intensive typing tend to use a proper keyboard.

  10. Charles Rachor
    January 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    honestly, tablets like the Asus Transformer will probably be the ones to overtake laptops as we know them...not regular tablets as we know them. people want a physical keyboard until voice technology is 100% accurate and can practically read our minds, and they want the portability option of regular tablet. 

    • Achraf52
      January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Not everyone would love to talk all day with a device .

      • Achraf52
        January 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        Maybe read mind would do it well .

        • Yaara
          January 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

          But there are already some good portable keyboard you can connect to a tablet. They will only get better, I believe.

  11. Reuben Walker
    January 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Desktops for power users, laptops for power users who don't have a set home or just need some sort of portability, tablets for the average user.

    That's the way I see it.

    • Yaara
      January 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      That's interesting. So you see a future in which everyone who is not a power user, like, say, my parents, will use a tablet?

      That's really interesting because these days it's more the power users who own tablets than the average person.

      • Reuben Walker
        January 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

        Perhaps my Dad is a less than average user, but I got him to get an iPad because he could do everything he's been using a desktop for, but wherever he wants to do it.

        But you've got to remember that they (the power users) are probably not using it as a replacement, which is what this is all about.

        • Yaara
          January 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

          Yes, that's true. That's a really interesting way to look at this, actually.

  12. Audi Headlights
    January 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Keyboard is definitely the biggest obstacle. You can use tablet to do simple task that do not require much taping but anything else is not very user friendly

    • Achraf52
      January 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      As blogger you will not be ever able to accomplish a task by it .

      • Yaara
        January 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        You think? I've been thinking about it, and realized that if tablets were powerful, and I had a good keyboard and a stand, what would prevent me from using them like a laptop when I wanted to?

        You could ask, then, if tablets are going to become no more than portable laptop monitors...

        • Achraf52
          January 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          Just I'm talking about a tablet only, but I have not tested a tablet keyboard to see if it is comfortable, but tablets doesn't have large storage or gaming abilities like gamer laptop do so it might skip that category .

        • Yaara
          January 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

          True, somehow I can't see serious gaming taking place on a tablet. But who knows!

  13. Brent R Jones
    January 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I'm thinking that the contact lenses on Mission Impossible and a near invisible earpiece will be the final computer.  And like the Matrix the network will rule all.

    • Brent R Jones
      January 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Mainframe > mini > PC > laptop > tablet > cellphone > implants
      > is leads to not greater than

      • Achraf52
        January 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        Cells .

  14. Stevenrainer18
    January 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    When trees disappear then we disappear, non?

    • Chase
      January 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

      there are other plants living on earth than trees.

  15. Dave Parrack
    January 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Tablets will be the default in the home, providing entertainment needs. But it would need a huge leap in the usability of virtual keyboards for them to replace laptops and desktops in workplaces. Touchscreens are a very natural interface though, so I'm a big advocate of tablets.

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