The latest rage in technological circles is the advent of tablet PCs. Setups like the Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy and the Motorola Xoom are becoming more prevalent than actual laptops and desktop models.
Why might you want to run to toss your desktop in the recycle bin or use your current laptop as a doorstop? We’re glad you asked. Here are a few different reasons why you might consider switching to a new tablet PC over whatever your current model of choice is.
Length of Use: Desktops are useless for you if your job of choice requires you to be mobile. Laptops have the functionality of having a battery, so you can use it when you’re away from a regular power source. The issue there is simply time: the battery life for most laptops is between two and four hours. You could easily lose some of your work should the battery conk out and the computer shuts off before you save it.
Tablets have a far superior battery life to laptops, making them an ideal tool to use. The Xoom is reported to run for ten hours on a single charge with Wi-Fi enabled, while the third-generation iPad was recently tested to run for over 12 hours on a charge.
Portability: If you’re on the go, you’ve already eliminated the desktop as a viable option for doing work. Imagine trying to lug the tower, keyboard, mouse and monitor around on public transportation or to your local coffee shop. Laptops can do the job but they come with several major issues for extended work on the fly. First of all, they do have some heft to them, so unless you’re interested in trying to work out while you’re on the computer, you have an issue. Then, factor in that you need a flat surface to set your laptop in order to work comfortably. That’s not always a feasible option depending on where you are.
With a tablet, not only are they lightweight (an iPad weighs about 1.5 pounds), they’re easier to hold on to. It may require two hands but you can hold it instead of having to set it dowm to use. This makes life easier when it comes to trying to get work done.
Stability: Everyone has run across the dreaded BSOD, or blue screen of death, on a computer at some point in their lives. Whether it was as a kid when you were trying to play a game, or as an adult right before you were getting ready to do some work, the dagger of the blue screen has reached out and made its presence known. No desktop or laptop is immune and there are a variety of things that could go wrong to cause it.
On the flip side, tablets very rarely have any such issue. There are fewer components that run off a tablet, which reduces potential conflicts that could cause a crash. This in turn, cuts down on your stress level, making it a win-win.
Price: With the increasing functionality of tablets, consumers have the ability to consolidate their electronics purchases. Instead of having a smartphone like a Droid or an iPhone and then having a laptop as well, why not go for the best of both worlds in one? Tablets have the ability to make phone calls over Wi-Fi if configured properly with the right data plan and have the functionality of a laptop at a comparable or lower price point than what you would pay for having two separate devices.
Productivity: While you won’t be typing on a novel on a tablet unless you are extremely proficient with the touch screen keyboard options available, it is easy to increase productivity by having a tablet. It’s easy to do work on a laptop and utilize the tablet to keep an eye on other programs, such as your email. It’s easy to take down notes at meetings with a tablet and less cumbersome than carrying a laptop to your meetings. College students may be able to save some bucks on books if they can find it online, not to mention the decreased weight of a tablet compared to lugging three or four books around campus.
What tablet would you consider purchasing?
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