Despite the growing popularity of tablets such as iPads and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, research has shown that the devices are not quite ready to overtake laptops.

One in three respondents in an ongoing tracking study being carried out by ABI Research claimed they plan to purchase a laptop computer in the first half of 2012.

This compares to 16 per cent who claimed they would be in the market for a new media tablet of some form.

The research found that while desktop PC and laptop ownership fell in the latest figures, they still hold a clear lead over tablets.

It was recently suggested that many people in the medical profession are now using their mobile phones and tablets instead of laptops or PCs to check patient records among other things on the move.

Consumer research group director Jeff Orr said that the numbers suggest that while popularity of tablets is increasing there is still considerable interest in laptops.

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