This article comes as an aftermath of a tablet overdose!
Year 2010 has been the year of tablet computing. Tech Companies have been desperate about manufacturing and selling tablets to you. Though every year some or the gadgets turns up on my wish list – I haven’t been very keen on the tablets. Who needs a tablet after all? Okay, I must admit – it’s absolutely fine if someone gifts me one!
We all know the theory of a tablet bridging the gap between a Smartphone and the Laptops. What Ever. My question – Who needs a tablet after all? With all the companies going gaga over tablet, this is something that’s kept me thinking. Lets see who would/wouldn’t need a tablet and why:
Make Class notes on this gadget? Forget about it. A good tablet would always come with a capacitive touch screen ( a lame explanation: iPhone like and Touch Screen + Stylus phones unlike) and you’ll always end up writing too big characters or making a ‘b’ read ‘o’. So may be as an e-book reader? Digital bookmarks, instant Googling, highlighting with different colors, different fonts – seems cool. The problem is that aren’t many “text books” on the digital book stores. If there are, they are too expensive for you to switch to digital reading.
What it can do though is replace your over filled file of assignment sheets, lab manuals or project instructions. If you like reading from PowerPoint Slides or from the internet, you’d really find this helpful. You’d love sharing a video with a friend or showing him pictures of your recent outing without having to open up that bulky laptop or compromising on the quality with the tiny low-res mobile phone screens [ some good screen phones excluded ].
Sales and Marketing Executives:
This is one area where the tablets have been already put to great use. There have been restaurants that switched to ‘iPad Menus’. The sales executives at some luxury car show rooms are now being provided with tablets (iPads and Mercedes to be precise) to calculate EMIs and provide technical information about cars. BMW integrated the iPad in its car.
Its easier to maintain spreadsheets on a small handy device as it gives you instant access to frequently required data. Colorful Product Catalogs that may be have to shown to a client – tablet is such an impressive way to do it. Though the negative that comes with all this is the high cost of tablets. So you can’t expect a tablet welcome at all restaurants, car show rooms or a small electronics store in the nearby market. Links for more information.
For a businessmen whose core computing work is done being by his office, tablet is not a bad idea! E-mailing, Net Banking, going through spreadsheets, a couple of video conferences in a day – don’t require huge computing power – a tablet fits right in place. Though the constraints of a touch keyboard, compatibility of banking sites on mobile browsers is an issue.
If you’ve seen a case file of a lawyer, you’d realize how better it is holding a tablet than a 1000 pages with popping bookmarks! But you can also imagine the plight of typing those 1000 pages on a touch screen keyboard. Again this points to the same thing – tablets are not stand alone devices. They need your laptop or PCs to support them.
Grrh… Excuse Me. Another reference to the iPad. I’d like to directly quote from Apple’s website:
In Pompeii — the longest continuously excavated archaeological site in the world — iPad is revolutionizing how scientists work in the field. Rather than recording notes and sketches on paper, researchers at the site use iPad and apps to capture invaluable historical data faster, more easily, and with far better accuracy.
Games, Fun Apps and utilities
Casual gaming and fun to use apps work great on large touch screens. People have been doing some amazing stuff with apps – and the video would give you an idea on how powerful mobile apps could be.
You may check out http://www.apple.com/ipad/apps-for-ipad/ for videos on apps. Let me know the links for the other device as well. 😛
What do you think about the ‘Tablet Outrage” ? Would you like spending Rs. 25,000 + for another entertainment device? Another Power Point Presentation Device? Another Business Device? Another Gaming Device may be?
Do you think if there is space for another gadget in our daily lifestyle? I would love to hear from you.
Happy New Year 2011!