If you aren’t planning on getting a Tablet computer for yourself, for one reason or the other, you may need to take a second and longer look at this increasingly popular genre of mobile computing devices. Yes, they are not there yet in terms of coming close to the maturity, versatility and functionality that traditional Personal Computers offer, but you will agree with me that they have come a long way and can only get better from here on.
The Tablet Advantage
Here are my personal points of what I have come to consider as the Tablet advantage. They are drawn from having used the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a while now.
1. The Always-on advantage: The vast majority of users of the traditional computer just shut it down when not in use. The Tablet on the other hand is always left on whether we are using it or not. So if I need to quickly take a note of an idea, my Tablet is always ready for the task. Also, because I do not have to boot the Tablet every time I need to use it, I am able to access the internet faster on it than on the ordinary computer.
2. Portability: While the Tablet is heavier and bigger than the smartphone, it is usually lighter and in my case smaller than the average PC. Therefore making it a more portable device than the traditional computer. I might also add that the charger of Tablets are more portable than those of laptops making them far easier to carry around. They also feel more comfortable to use in a public transport system for example, than even the netbooks.
3. Productivity: Here is where the Tablet has an advantage over the smartphone. The screen size of the tablet makes tasks like web browsing, watching videos, and reading ebooks much more enjoyable than on the smartphone. A classical example of this fact was carried out here at the Mobility Nigeria office. We sent the same PDF file to both the Nokia N8 and the Samsung Galaxy tab. When the file was opened on both devices, the Tablet handled it better and gave a better experience than on the Nokia N8. In fact, I must say that it was a pain to view the file on the N8. I have had more fun reading and responding to emails on the Tab than on any smartphone I have ever used.
4. Battery Life: The battery life of the Tablet, at least the one I have used lasts longer than that of the average laptop. Battery life these days have become indispensable in mobile computing.
5. Multimedia Creation on The Go: The ability to capture moments, whether in stills or in video is one that the tradtional computer does not have and is not going to get, and one that will continue to get better on the Tablet. In these days of the social media, being able to create media on the go is highly critical.
The Tablet computer is definitely going to gain popularity this year as many manufacturers are getting on the bandwagon, but the question that needs to be asked is whether or not you are going to get one?