Tablet computers – are they still the future?

Tablet Computers

Are they really replacing PC’s?

Tablets are replacing desktops  for some people who are primarily data consumers that undertakes little in the way of data input or content creation , often with a laptop as a backup.

Laptops are also pushing the desktop off it’s pedestal, using less electricity and being portable they are great for most office work and are better than a tablet where you need a “proper” keyboard. I can’t imagine typing this blog on a tablet!

PC’s are great where you need the big screen, high power processor and graphics and huge storage. My PC sits in the corner with its full power Athlon multicore processor, Hanns G monitor and Nvidia graphics card and eats up data processing challenges and complex graphics manipulations alike.

Predictions like this one from the Register are pretty much underlining the difference in the market for devices that support those who create content and those who primarily consume it. It’s a sign that the electronics market is finally realizing that it needs to serve different types of customer rather than assuming everyone needs the fastest, most powerful unit they can afford.

After all we don’t all drive Ferrari’s do we?

Tablets are still in the sexy phase

I say “still” because I can remember when portable computers where sexy and then dropped out of fashion when laptops became sexy, only for laptops to be superseded by Ultrabooks and now tablets.

When technology moves from the categories of “new and exciting” to “everyday” a lot of the “must have” feeling gives way to “should have”.

It’s starting to happen already.

As people become acclimatized to the idea of a thin light device that connects them to a world of content they start thinking about factors other than “is it a real iPad” and start looking at things like price, longevity and features.

I’m not going to start a flame war here by suggesting that either of the big three is superior to it’s competitors. The whole Microsoft v Apple v Android debate is a matter of which device suits your purposes and taste. You are welcome to try and convince me otherwise but only if you buy me a large gin first.

New innovations for tablets such as the A frame in the Lenovo Yoga and the flexible screen Samsung will likely keep tablet’s current and at the forefront of development for some years to come. Meanwhile “grey” Android tablets will steadily steal share from the big names as people decide “well a tablets a tablet after all, why pay more?”

I have worked commissioning tablet computers for over 8 years.  The first model was an RM 10″ slate style unit used in a customized state as an e-learning device.  It used a stylus for input (no touch) and was well received by those who used it to train.

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