Tablet Computers: Fad Or The Future?

The next time you’re out shopping for a new computer you’re not just going to see the usual desktop towers and slick laptops anymore – you’re going to see tablets and not the kind your doctor prescribes. Tablet computers are one of the hottest gadgets on the market right now.

There are literally dozens to choose from, and they differ in size, features, operating system and of course – price. They are used to do all sorts of things like sending an e-mail, browsing the net, viewing pictures and videos, playing games, and many more. If you are confused about what you need to buy and what specification each of these devices offers then you can learn about all that on with detailed reviews that will help you in choosing the best possible option according to your needs.

When the first tablets were released years ago there was nowhere near the level of interest in the devices as there is now. However, once Apple and Android got in on the action, interest and sales skyrocketed. In fact, given the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, many are saying the PC is dead. I disagree. Tablets and regular computers both have their pros and cons respectively and deciding which one will work better for you depends on several factors.

First, let’s take a closer look at some pros and cons of tablets.

Pros: Tablet computers are very compact and you can write notes as you would on paper.

The tablets are very thin and portable. This allows them to be used in places where using a laptop might be awkward or uncomfortable (like on a plane). You could even use them comfortably while standing up. Furthermore, as almost all tablets available have built-in WI-Fi, they are very convenient to use around town.

Many students swear by tablet computers. Why? Because with tablets you can use a stylus and take notes by hand during a lecture and then use handwriting recognition software to convert it to editable text (pretty cool). This can prove to be very useful as you no longer have tons of paper and folders to upkeep and organize.

Con: They’re more delicate and expensive

Tablets may be sleek looking devices but the big beautiful screen is a lot more susceptible to damage when compared to a notebook that can fold up. Some tablet PCs cost almost twice as much as some laptops currently on sale. In addition, the laptops provide a lot more power for your hard-earned dollars.

Now some pros and cons of laptops:

Pros: Full-featured software

PCs enjoy all the latest and most feature-rich software. In this day and age, there is software to do just about everything you could want. On tablets, you’re limited to apps that are not as feature-rich as PC software.

Cons: No touch screen and big

Most laptops don’t have a touch screen, don’t come with handwriting recognition software, and you have to be sitting to use it comfortably.

So as you can see, tablets and PCs have their own place in this world, and both have their pros and cons. No matter how popular tablets are, they won’t be replacing PCs anytime soon. Doing work using a computer with a physical keyboard is still the most productive method. So, are tablets a fad? No. They’ve been around for years but have only recently gained mass popularity due to products such as the Apple iPad and the Archos android tablet. I believe tablets appeal to a specific sector of the market and will continue to rise in popularity as the number of features goes up and prices continue to go down.


Remember PDAs? PDAs or personal digital assistants were all the rage in the ‘90s until smartphones took over. Then, as smartphones sales went up, tablet sales went up as well. People love using touch screens as they’re very interactive and they want more. In this light, tablets could be viewed as a natural evolution from traditional computers and smartphones.

Overall, the global trend is toward an all in one digital device that can do most of what a laptop does but in a more portable form factor. In today’s ultra-competitive market tablet manufacturers can do several things to compete and stay relevant. Having a webcam, particularly a high definition one is important as social networking continues to grow globally. In addition, making it portable and priced competitively will fetch a tablet company many buyers. Ultimately, people want the best value for their money, and whoever provides that will win consumers-constant innovation is key. Overall, I believe tablet computers are here to stay and have a bright future ahead.

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