With the media’s attention being so focused on the cell phone market, many people fail to notice Tablet PCs creeping onto the market. Tablet computing has seen a massive growth since its introduction to consumers and is gaining in popularity with each passing day. Many users are turning to Tablet computing exclusively as their choice of hardware options.
Tablet PCs offer versatility not available with desktops, laptops or mobile devices. They fill the gap between these devices and have become a viable alternative for many home users and professionals alike. While Tablets don’t have the power of a desktop, they are more convenient to use. Even though Tablets aren’t as convenient as a mobile device, they offer more processing power and larger screen resolutions.
Portability and Flexibility
Tablet computing gives users a compromise between the desktop PC and mobile device. Tablets are extremely versatile when it comes to portability. Unlike laptops, they are slimmer, lighter and much easier to transport for busy professionals. A woman can easily slip a Tablet into her purse which will eliminate the need to carry a laptop bag and reduce the extra baggage she needs to drag along with her. Portability is an essential feature for many people and can dictate what type of system they invest in. Some studies have reported that sales of Tablet PCs will outperform PC sales by 2016.
Tablets initially released in the market were limited in hardware resources and made it difficult for some users to run memory intensive programs. This limitation deterred it from becoming a viable alternative for many people. As is usually the case, it didn’t take long for Tablets to be equipped with more memory and processing power for high end software applications. The additional hardware resources level the playing field when it comes to choosing a desktop, laptop or Tablet PC for most users.
With most people using Tablets to access the internet, update social media accounts, view videos, read ebooks and write papers, it is easy to see that the cost savings outperform the need for excessive processing power for most users.
The Tablet’s touch screen is another feature that is highly attractive to users. Being able to manipulate the system without the need for additional hardware offers users a unique experience when working on Tablets. Not having to use additional hardware is a cost saving feature that many users find beneficial.
While many users enjoy using the touch screen, other users who are accustomed to using a keyboard and mouse will find that they are not left out of the picture since these peripherals can easily be added to the system using Bluetooth or USB ports. Many Tablets also ship with slim keyboards as part of the hardware system. Manufacturers have begun to develop keyboards that come attached to the Tablet but can easily be concealed when needed.
Though many professionals will stick to their desktops for applications such as graphics, video processing and CAD programs, many users who aren’t forced to use such processing intensive applications will find Tablet PCs more than meet their needs.