How and Why Tablet Computers Are Taking Over
In this electronic world of immediacy, variety and adaptability, PCs have given way in primary machine popularity to laptops over the course of just a few years, and now, tablets are quickly catching up to laptops. Why? What’s causing tablets’ increased attention, use and user preferences?
First, The Obvious
For the same reasons laptops gained user loyalty, tablets offer even greater portability than laptops do. Smaller and more compact, a tablet takes up less room in luggage, backpacks and hands.
Tablets are lighter than full-operation PCs or laptops because they have no separate hard drive unit. Weighing in at only a few ounces, tablets strain hands, joints and arms less than laptops and even notebooks and netbooks. Because they weigh less, tablets are more maneuverable.
Tablet computers offer users some very attractive and loyalty-producing conveniences. A few are:
- Content Range: Tablets incorporate graphics cards that elevate the tablet above the compact machine crowd and allow for media to be experienced in a whole new way.
- Battery Life: Most tablet computers provide outstanding battery life, reducing use stoppages and shorter wait times, all of which contributes to user enthusiasm and loyalty.
- Boot-Up Sequencing: To put this issue in a nutshell, there is virtually no boot-up time, per se, for a tablet. The instant on feature enables immediate use, an aspect that maximizes efficiency and user appreciation and loyalty. From power button to first access, users have a hurry-up-and-wait lag that can seem like less time than reading ‘hurry-up-and-wait lag.’
- Touch Screen Control: No more adjusting keyboard positions or dealing with stuck keys. The tablet’s touch screen operations usually allow either fingertip or stylus control, and it was the fingertip operation that catapulted tablets into the user popularity stratosphere.
- Wireless Communications: Because tablets don’t require a hard line connection, data transmittal to another computer allows quick communication as well as accessing the peripheral equipment, such as printing and faxing, through a base desktop or laptop computer. Internet access is a touch away.
User Profile Differences
With certain conveniences, applications for a tablet PC encompass personal, business and industrial uses and ‘widget’ sub- or specialty programs.
The health care industry uses tablets to ensure accurate and timely charting and information verification. Hospitals, clinics, labs and health care personnel use tablets for electronic records keeping and security.
Shipping and receiving departments of businesses and manufactures find the tailored operating systems rant magnified mobility and asset control. From queuing labels, receipts, invoices or documents, data is secured locally and at the operational home base at the touch of a button.
Adults and children alike use tablet computers to read the news, e-books, social media sites, blogs, websites and email—all six cornerstones of content access on the Internet.
Specialty applications installable on a tablet PC that users find useful include:
- Tablet Planners
- Art Applications used for sketching and e-painting
- Task Managers
- Mathematics Assistance programs
- And many more.
Some users may find the direct use of peripherals, such as printers, fax machines and others make laptops and desktop computers preferable to tablets. The full functionality, especially document and spreadsheet creation, places a laptop over a tablet when considering mobile computing, but as the industry adapts to continued technology advancement, tablet computers will no doubt bypass their nearest competitor machines in user popularity, machine functionality, and technology adaptions very quickly.
About the Author
JC Ryan is a freelance writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online colleges and online courses they can choose from to reach their goals.