Tablet technology is an idea that
was brought up by Alan Kay of Xerox in 1971 – he receives the credit for the
technology behind the tablet computing. Though not a widely sold tablet
computer, the Apple Computer’s Newton was the first widely sold tablet computer.
Tablet computers were able to be successful due to some features they offer
including display resolution, battery life, wireless internet access,
handwriting recognition software and memory. Today, slate-style tablets are the
most common type of tablets available like the Amazon’s Kindle Fire,
Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad. Most of these slate-type tablets make use
of external keyboards and some other keyboards that function as docking
stations for the devices. Other tablet styles include the convertible tablets,
hybrid tablets, and rugged tablets.
What is a Tablet?
The technology behind the creation
of the tablet is to provide compatibility which in many ways functions as a
laptop or a mobile computer. Tablet, nowadays, is growing in popularity due to
its portability, features and ease of use. However, tablets can be used for
many functions including the reading of news, checking of email, browsing the
internet, playing games, reading of books, organizing contents, watching videos
among others. Another feature of the tablet including the touchscreen functions
and is of the size of a laptop and a smartphone. Generally, tablets come with
the “tilt” feature that helps to change the orientation of the display based on
how you hold it and with a built-in keyboard that shows on screen.
Future of Tablets
The next generation of mobile
computing is the tablet technology. The aim behind the creation of tablets is
to remove the traditional keyboard and mouse to the more intuitive touch
interface (the touchscreen), and they can be easily carried in a purse,
briefcase, or backpack. One main feature of the tablet is the touchscreen
feature which allows you to use specific gestures with your finger to swipe and
perform basic tasks like clicking a button, entering text, or zooming in or out
instead of pointing and scrolling with a physical keyboard or a mouse. There
are a variety of features available on tablets because different manufacturers
What are the Benefits and Disadvantages of Using a Tablet?
When it comes to the purchase of
tablets, most people, though have tablets already, are trying to see if a
laptop will suit their needs or if purchasing a tablet will be worth the price.
However, there exist some benefits and detriments to using a tablet over a
When it comes to size, tablets are
no doubt lighter, thinner and smaller than laptops. The weight of an average
tablet falls between 1 and 2 pounds while a laptop weighs around 4 to 7 pounds.
This is due partly to the screen size of the tablet which is smaller. The
screen of most tablets falls between 8.5 and 10 inches and that of laptop range
from 12 to 15 inches. The weight and thickness difference between the tablet
and the laptop make most users consider getting and using a tablet to a laptop.
They said it is easier to carry and more convenient to transport.
The battery life of tablets ranges
from 4 to 10 hours. Some other devices like the Galaxy and the Apple iPad have
a battery life of 9 to 10 hours or more, and laptop batteries usually last
between 2 and 4 hours. Despite a longer battery life, tablets also have smaller
chargers which are more portable than laptop chargers.
Features and Programs
There are several features laptops
do offer that tablets are yet to offer. Though most of the laptop apps are
available for the tablets too, but the features are limited. An example is the
Pages app available on iPad but does not have features as present on an actual
MacBook. The storage space for a laptop can be as high as 1 Tb while high end
tablets only offer a 64 GB space. Most of the available tablets come with 16 GB
or 32 GB space configurations. There are some other features available on laptops
which are not available on tablet computers for now. Some of which include a
physical keyboard, CD and DVD burning/playing, USB ports, and disk drives.
However, if you can add accessories to your tablet, some of these features are
available as attachments.
The price of tablets differs
ranging from $200 to $700. This is because we have different brands, spaces and
the type of accessories you want in addition to the tablet. The price of
tablets cannot be compared to laptops because they offer different
functionality. An example is the Lenovo ThinkPad X30 whose price is as low as
$250 while MacBook Pro range from $1200 to $2500.
Should I Purchase a Tablet?
This decision is personal, and
nobody can decide for you because it depends on what you want to be doing with
it. Users describe tablets as lightweight, small, and easily accessible.
Tablets offer different ways to store and organize information and your day to
day activity features like news, email, and media. However, if you need a wider
space and want to install different software, you will have to get a laptop.