I came across a news item by IDC: PC Shipments to the Philippines in Q2 2013 Suffer Brunt of Peso Devaluation.
They go on about how devaluation of the currency impacted shipments of legacy PCs to Philippines. The shocking thing for me was this graphic:
Why aren’t they moaning about the devaluation impacting sales of tablets? It’s because there isn’t much impact. Sales have risen 400%… This is more about price/performance of Wintel than it is about currency. People can afford to buy an Android/Linux tablet even if the price rises a bit because they cost so much less than a legacy PC. Note also that four times as many tablets were shipped than PCs. This is the end of the Wintel PC. No one needs to pay Intel or M$ outrageous (but hidden) prices because there is a lower-priced item on the shelves nearby. The Android/Linux tablet is a Personal Computer, folks, according to the people who buy them if not according to IDC. IDC and Wintel can stick their heads in the sand and moan about irrelevant details but they ignore the truth that Wintel cannot beat Free Software on Small Cheap Computers.