Who Needs Computer Tablets Anyways?

Well, who doesn’t need a computer tablet today? Tablet computers, simply referred to as tablets are invaluable gadgets that we simply could bear to live without today. Let’s find out why.

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If you’re looking to gift a tablet to your grandpa, you might go for the best 10 inch tablet in the market as a small one won’t be ideal for them. Gamers might be looking for totally different specs, and so on. It comes down to who needs a computer tablet, and why.

What is a Computer Tablet?

A tablet is a middle ground between a smartphone and a laptop. It’s larger than a smartphone but lighter than a laptop making it easy to carry around. It’s a slim mobile computer with a touchscreen display, rechargeable battery, processor, graphics processor, and storage chip.

The touchscreen display allows you to use fingers to operate the table. You can scroll up and down, tap on apps just like you would a smartphone.

Most tablets have an onscreen keyboard for input. However, there are those that have built-in keyboards (convertible tablets) or detachable keyboards (hybrids or 2-in-1s) th. Some tablets support stylus input for increased versatility.

Tablets have built-in mics and speakers but these aren’t optimized for hand-held calling, rather video calls and media consumption. The screen size starts from 5-inches and goes all the way up to 20-inches. Manufacturers keep pushing the envelope so we may yet see an even larger screen. 

Depending on the model, you can find the following extra features:

  • GPS receiver 
  • FM Tuner
  • A camera (or two)
  • Sensors including a compass, accelerometers, and light sensors

Tablet computers run on different operating systems including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.  Each of these systems has different offerings to enhance user experience and meet different needs.  There is even the Amazon Fire Tablet which has a customized version of Android and a curated App store from Amazon.

Why You Should Get a Tablet

Here are some reasons why you should buy a tablet

  • Most tablets are cheaper than laptops
  • Have larger screens than smartphones 
  • Highly portable and lightweight
  • Have a longer battery life
  • They wake up instantly
  • Can be used by kids for educational and entertainment purposes

Top Uses for Computer Tablets

Browsing, emailing, gaming, and binge-watching movies are some of the uses that readily come to mind when you think about a tablet. Here are some more (serious) uses for a tablet:

1. Productivity on the Go

Whether you’re at a client site, sitting at the airport, or in a hotel room, a tablet can help you get some work done. Since these gadgets are more portable than most laptops, they are easier to carry and can work as a laptop replacement.

2. Great E-readers

You don’t have to carry your laptop to bed or strain using the smaller screen on your smartphone. From comics to PDFs, college materials, and long web articles, a tablet gives you the benefit of reading comfortably wherever you are. Plus, your kids can enjoy reading their books in full color which is so much fun.

3. A Second Screen

If you need a second screen, a tablet is a fantastic way to boost your productivity. Hook it up to your computer and keep up with your email, notes, and other work-related tasks.

4. Note-Taking 

If you need to annotate documents, take notes at a meeting, write down your shopping list, or a quick recipe, or you’re a college student who takes a lot of notes, a tablet provides apps like One Note, EverNote, etc to help you do so.

5. For Presentations

Whether you’re in a meeting room with clients or co-works or having a one-on-one, tablets allow you to share information with other screens both large and small. This way, you’ll be on the same page. If you love moving around when presenting, a tablet will feel lighter to hold than a laptop.

6. Entertainment Hub

Imagine having a portable home theatre in your backpack? Today you can enjoy what people in years past could only dream of. You can stream videos or binge-watch movies wherever you are. Plugging in a set of headphones makes that experience more immersive.

You can also listen to music or indulge in a game, and we’re talking more than your casual game of cards. Depending on the model you buy, you can also enjoy mind-blowing high-end games. 

7. Whole-Family Use

Tablets have everything for the whole family. Want to distract the kids as you ride in the car, or waiting for your doctor’s appointment? Some tablets allow you to create user profiles specifically for kids. 

Your children can watch age-appropriate content, play games, and even access a child-friendly website for educational research and stuff. You’ll be able to monitor all the sites they visit and dictate how much time they can spend on the tablet. When the kids are done, you can switch back to the adult profile and enjoy your tablet.

8. Creative Work

Pens and paper still work for an artist, but why not take it a notch higher with a digital drawing tablet. Graphic designers and artists use these gadgets to express their creativity and share their work with others easily. 

Since tablets are portable, creatives can work anywhere. Musicians and writers can also pursue their passions using their tablets. 

9. Video Calls

Do you want to get on a skype call? Most tablets support Skype so you can use it to talk to family, friends, clients, and colleagues wherever you are. It’s a great way to keep in touch with loved ones who are far away. 

Who Needs a Computer Tablet?

Based on the uses, we’ve listed above, do you now see who needs a computer tablet? Better yet do you see yourself needing a tablet? These versatile devices can be used by anyone across the range including:

  • Students of all ages
  • Teachers and lecturers
  • Business owners
  • Businesses 
  • Executives
  • Gamers
  • Scientists and researchers,
  • Doctors and nurses
  • Housewives
  • Chefs 
  • Creatives

The list is endless.

Are There Any Cons?

Like any other electronic device, there are some drawbacks and these are based on comparisons with laptops. But even so, the cons are things that we can live with or workaround, and not necessarily deal breakers. They include:

  • They have fewer ports which may limit the connection options
  • The glass screen may get scratched or break if you accidentally drop the tablet
  • Just like desktop computers, extended use may cause injuries to your wrists, neck, and back

Conclusion

Tablets are sleek, look futuristic, portable, and support a wide range of applications. These devices provide the perfect balance between work and play. You can get work done and then flip it for some entertainment. Who needs computer tablets anyways? You do.

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.
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