Lenovo edges out HP to become world’s No.1 PC maker

The Lenovo Group has been ranked as number one PC maker for the first time in its history by edging out Hewlett – Packard or HP.  The latest data released by the research house- Gartner still ranks HP in the lead but by less than half a percentage point when compared to Lenovo. The global market share of Lenovo is estimated to be 15.7% and that of HP is 15.5%.  HP’s shipments fell by more than sixteen percent to 13.55 million whereas its rival Lenovo had shipped 13.77 million computers during the third quarter.

However the third quarter numbers from IDC a rival research firm showed HP as having a slight lead with 15.9% against Lenovo’s 15.7%. The PC industry as a whole is supposed to be on decline with an 8.6 percent decline in shipments compared with the last year as per the report of IDC. Gartner further informs that Lenovo had made a crucial market share gains over the past two years, the main reason being that Lenovo in addition to acquiring other vendors had also indulged in an aggressive positioning on pricing especially in the professional market.

The overall perspective of PC market is dull as demand for computers has taken a beating due to the availability and popularity of the smart phones and tablets which enabled the people to do the basic computing things on the move. Some consumers are also not buying the PC’s until the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 8 that is not likely to be available until the end of this month. The other aspect that has weakened the share of HP in the global PC market is the tough competition from Asian rivals like the Taiwan’s Acer and other Asian PC manufacturing companies.

Chucking Laptop for an iPad

With tablets becoming more advanced in technological terms, the news of consumers ditching their laptops for an iPad for performing their day to day activities is being heard more frequently nowadays.  Some of the consumers find iPad easy to handle and the best way to do shopping online. It is estimated that more than sixty million Americans will own a tablet computer by the end of this year and retailers saying that these devices are commanding an increasing share of online revenues. As per a U.S. survey, forty nine percent of the merchants reported their order value from tablets now exceeds web sales from desktop computer, laptops, and smart phones.

Now the question arises whether the tablets can really replace laptops when it comes to getting things done. Coming to the facts, the current generation of tablets, including iPad is related more with consuming content than they are about creating it. So in generally it is not recommended to use a tablet or iPad for someone who wants to use it to blog everyday. The iPad is an excellent device for browsing through a magazine, looking up few websites, watching couple of movies during a flight. But for activities like photo editing, blogging a laptop or a desktop computer are still better tools.

The other factor proving advantageous to iPad is its 10 hour battery life that makes more sense in carrying it, than the heavy laptop with long booting up time or a tendency to hang on sleep or in hibernation. There are some applications that help improve the blogging experience on an iPad such as Word Press and Blogsy. The Blogsy app supports a variety of blogging platforms that include Blogger, Posterous, Type Pad, Joomla, and Drupal where the user can type right in the app and it formats the text and allows the user to upload it from iPad to the users’ blog.


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