Am sure you already know what a tablet is. For the uninitiated, a tablet is a highly portable hand-held computer. You know the ipad, that’s an example of a tablet.
So why would you want a tablet? You probably already have a notebook/net book and desktop computer at work or at home. Why the heck would you need another device?
Well, to be honest a tablet is an “in –between” device, half way between a fully-fledged computer and a smart phone. The current breed of smart phones (such as the iphone, Sony Ericsson Experia, HTC HD7, Blackberry bold ) are capable of delivering high speed internet and an impressive multimedia experience, all in a handy, pocket able size.
However, by the nature and size of a tablet, the internet and multimedia experiences are taken a notch higher. With screens sizes ranging from 7 inches to 9 inches, tablets can deliver full page web surfing, ebook/ magazine reading, photo browsing, and gaming.
Tablets clearly have an advantage over smart phones.
So, how can you really benefit from a tablet?
- Surfing the internet (via 3g or wifi)
- Voice/SMS . Some tablets e.g the Samsung galaxy tab and Huawei Ideos 7 have voice and sms capability and so can be used to make calls.
- E-book reading
- Entertainment (Watching videos, listening to music)
In my view, the real selling point of tablets would be:
- Instant on/off
Unlike a computer, which needs time to load the operating system, a tablet takes a few seconds to turn on and off. It can be really handle having one on your bedside table for quick emails, facebook updates, twitter e.t.c
Most of the tablets on the market weigh about half a kilo making them portable.
- Long battery life
A good example of how long a battery can last is the new ipad which is rated at 10 hours. Do I even need to explain how convenient this battery life can be?
- Tons of Applications
With access to app stores, tablet users have a big choice of both paid and free applications to choose from. Some of the apps as they are commonly referred to, are really stupid. Take an example of the i-fart app, which plays all kinds of farting sounds. You wouldn’t want you boss to catch you listening to farting sounds.
Basically a capable phone can share the internet with a tablet, meaning that you would not need a separate dongle or wifi to access the internet on your tablet. This function is available on mainly high-end phones such as blackberry, iphone, some Nokias e.t.c
How about the downside of owning a tablet?
- No full operating system for running desktop programs e.g Photoshop
- Honestly, a tablet is no substitute for a desktop or notebook. Tablets just don’t have the power or screen size to replace traditional computers.
- Expensive. Compared to notebooks and netbooks, tablets are way too expensive. An example is the recently launched Motorola Xoom which is retailing for $700. This money can buy 2 netbooks.
After all is said and done, a tablet is a cool device to own. It will wow your friends and will give you hours of entertainment, connectivity, and above all, convenience.
So are you ready for a tablet?
(IT Consultant and Technology Blogger , Kampala – Uganda )