Tablet devices are among the most ‘must have’ examples of consumer technology in recent years. However, they are so much more than fad gadgets, which many predicted they’d become. Today, tablet technology is a huge business tool, too. Across all demographics and uses, tablets are so popular that many are questioning whether they’ll be able to surpass traditional computers in terms of how we use them.
Figures already suggest that, come the end of this year, sales for tablets will outstrip laptop and desktop computers. Impressive numbers in the shops are only one side of the story, however. When we look at what is ‘under the hood’ of each, do we learn anything about how tablets might be used in the future?
Memory: Only One Winner
While the memory size of tablet devices is getting bigger – the biggest iPad packs a punch at 128GB – this is still dwarfed by almost every laptop or desktop currently on the market, with the leading models now offering memory in terabytes rather that gigabytes.
At the same time, if you want to use a tablet, then 128GB should be more than enough space, particularly if you’re not going to be downloading a lot of media to it. How many of us have ever 100% used our laptop memory anyway? Businesses might need such space, but will have a network and powerful servers to support them.
Power Supply: Tablets Have the Edge
For the eco-conscious business, tablet devices are a massive positive, as they immediately take away the need for energy sapping computers that need to be plugged in 100% of the time. Of course, this can serve as an inconvenience if you’re working in the field, or a consumer travelling, and the battery dies. However, whatever your reason for using a tablet, there’s no question they’re the best option.
This is another area you’d expect traditional computers to have the edge. However, as long as you’re not trying to use more than a handful of applications at a time, a tablet will do anything you want efficiently enough. The big difference comes when you think about what you want to do. If you’re looking to have various programs open at once and are managing people online and in the office, then there’s no doubt a traditional computer wins the day. At the same time, if you just need to complete specific tasks and you know what you’ll be doing each day a tablet is perfect.
Where the Cloud Comes In
Many people associate using the cloud with mobile devices, but the cloud is now used more than ever by those looking for more efficiency from traditional computers, too. As a result, the cloud doesn’t have the impact people might think, despite the obvious benefits it brings when it comes to accessing data on the go whether at work or in our personal lives.
Will Tablets Replace Computers?
As a consumer product, the tablet market will undoubtedly continue to grow, while they’ll certainly have a part to play in businesses, too. However, it is perhaps too much, at this stage, to say that they’ll replace traditional systems 100%, although there will undoubtedly be future development of tablet devices with this aim in mind.
Author Bio: Aiden is a massive tech-junkie; he is currently looking at using JaguarPC hosting services to get his website up and running where he plans to feature 100% independent reviews of the latest consumer and business technology products.