The tablet is another electronic mobile device that has been making a stir among consumers. Like smartphones, it also has a wide range of features that attract a lot of consumers across various age groups. In recent years, there is an apparent continuous increase in the number of tablet users in the US. According to the 2013 US Digital Future in Focus released by comScore in February 2013, there are 52.4 million tablet users as of December 2012. It is also striking that the most purchased tablets are iPads. The others are Android and Kindle Fire. According to eMarketer, in its market study released in June 2012, the number of iPad users is expected to reach 70.5 million from 11.5 million in 2010. In 2015, the number of users is forecasted to reach 90.8 million. These figures are just for iPad tablets. So, you can imagine how many millions of people are actually using tablets now.
However, before you decide to buy one and choose a brand, below are the advantages and disadvantages of the tablet:
Advantages of Tablets over Laptop Computers
For one, tablets are handier than laptops. With that, there are environments and circumstances where and when a tablet is more convenient to use. For example, situations that require handling with a single hand or in standing position are more conducive more tablets which, on the other hand, do not favor the use of keyboard and mouse. Another advantage related to it being handy is its lighter weight. For on the go people, weight is a factor when purchasing gadgets. Tablets also have models with lower power which enables it to function like dedicated e-book readers.
Another thing made easier with tablets is navigation. Well, this is so because of the touch environment which is so unlike the keyboard and mouse. There are certain situations when this capability of the tablet is much favoured. Some of these are mouse oriented games, playing of music apps, and image manipulation. Related to this, image editing and digital painting is definitely much easier with tablets. There more precision than doing sketch or paint with a mouse. Add to this the capability for a faster and easier entry of symbols, mathematical notations, and diagrams. These are just some of the many reasons why more and more people are buying and using tablets.
One of the main disadvantages that may discourage a lot of consumers is the high price. This is very true nowadays when everyone is still challenged by the struggling and unstable economic status. Another disadvantage is the slow input speed. Obviously, one cannot write in a tablet as fast as in a laptop where there is a keyboard. With a keyboard, one can type as fast as 50 to 150 words per minute. With a tablet, even making it to 50 in just one minute is impossible. Other disadvantages include weaker video capabilities, screen risk, hinge risk, and smaller display. Add to that need to have more knowledge about the programs.
Considering the advantages and disadvantages, there are purposes or functions where a tablet is best. The same is true with the laptop. One thing is clear; you cannot use the tablet for urgent writing tasks. On the other hand, it seems that the tablet is also a good device in so far as access of phone services such as those from RingCentral is concerned. Considering all these and your needs, it is now up to you whether it is better to have a tablet.