This is a guest post by Jordan Mendys.
It is no mystery that tablets are on the rise in our society. With the advent of iPads and other mobile computing devices, customers have been able to take basic computer abilities, the same extent of work they typically do on their PCs, on the road with them.
These devices are smaller, easier to carry, and have a lot of the same capabilities of PCs. Outside of this, tablets features app stores, which actually came to PCs after their mobile success, giving users access to all kinds of downloadable software. So the following question has come up: Will tablets like the iPad replace people’s need and reliance on personal computers?
What really places tablets in such high esteem is the app stores that gives customers access to the best in entertainment, sports, news, and more. Some of the largest entertainment companies have developed apps for mobile devices. In fact, the sports market is huge with ESPN apps, and even DirecTV offers their their Sunday Ticket package deal through a mobile app.
While PCs are starting to get into the app game as well, it is not as prevalently used as with tablets, and the ease and mobility of a tablet makes the experience of the apps more pleasurable.
For most PC users in the country, what they look for in a computer is ability to do simple processes and internet searches. You get all of that functionality in an easier to use tablet. This isn’t to say that all PC users feel this way. Personally, for my work I need a PC (a Macbook), because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my duties. I am a photographer and a filmmaker, a task that I couldn’t do on a professional level on an iPad.
But for other users who mainly use computers for email correspondences, the internet, and other simple processes, a tablet is perfect. Even simple tasks like word processing can be done thanks to Microsoft Office’s mobile apps. This means that almost any computer user can have a reason for a tablet, though only some of them would be able to fully integrate it as their full time computing option.
When tablets first reached the market, people knew they had great power, but there were still hang ups about the full time use of them, most notably, no keyboard. The market has answered, and there are accessories that take care of these issues. Keyboards, mice, and other traditional computer hardware are available for tablets, making them easier to use, and making the learning curve less steep to make the switch from PC to tablet for full time use. This might be the final point in justifying the switch, because now tablets like the iPad are just as easy to use, and can literally function as a PC.
Not everyone will see the purpose in switching, and if the switch happens, it will probably take another couple of years. The fact is, though, that for most computing purposes, tablets are filling the gap for users, and even though they can get pricey, they are going to stay under the price of most good PCs. Again, tablet use isn’t perfect for certain industries and professionals, so the PC will never be out of date, but this trend is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Do you see tablets as the new PCs of the future?