You’re probably right in the thick of holiday busy-ness: shopping, attending parties, and trying to get last-minute work projects wrapped up so you can enjoy the big day. And as you look over the Christmas wish-lists for your loved ones, chances are somebody wants an iPad or some other tablet device. Whether or not that fits within your gift-giving budget is another topic. But the topic of tablets deserves some attention. Will the tablet be the end of our friend laptop?
It really depends on what you use your laptop for. If you only use your laptop for e-mail, Facebook and Web browsing, then a tablet might be able to step in and be a worthy replacement. But if you do more with your computer devices, things like word processing, photo editing or file storage, then you may not want to re-gift your laptop just yet. Let’s take a look at what an iPad can and can’t do ... and you can be the judge.
What they can do
Tablets are great for connecting to the Internet. They can pick up a WiFi signal almost anywhere these days, and that means that you can check e-mail, post updates on social media, shop, or do pretty much anything online with ease.
Some tablet platforms allow you to download ebooks, as well. You can keep a library of your favorite books, magazines and blogs right at your fingertips.
You’ll find the tablet great for watching movies in bed or on an airplane, too. Tablet screens are great for viewing photos or movies in ultra-clear resolution.
What they can’t do
Tablets do have some limitations. Word processing, for example, is more difficult. You can use various applications to do some of the same things you would do with a program like Word, but it won’t be quite as smooth. You’ll either need to buy a separate keyboard or use the on-screen touch pad to write your masterpieces.
If you’re going to be doing a lot of writing, a tablet isn’t ideal.
Tablets also can’t easily connect to peripheral devices. The iPad, for example, won’t allow you to plug in a scanner, printer or external storage device. You’ll have to use wireless alternatives which can be more expensive and/or slower.
There isn’t a good way to add memory to your tablet, either. Once you use the allotted space, you’ll have to start deleting files to make room.
If you’re planning on storing a lot of movies, music or photos, you may find you reach capacity pretty quickly.
Personally, I think laptops are here to stay. They are much too powerful and convenient to replace. But the tablet innovations are certainly changing the marketplace.
There are many ways to use a tablet to make your life easier — maybe even keeping track of all those Christmas lists ...
If you need help integrating a tablet into your computer network, give the Computer Guys USA a call at (928) 468-0000. We’d love to help you figure out the best way to make the most of your technology.
Merry Christmas everyone!