If you were to ask 10 years ago if a tablet could replace a laptop I would have of course said no. Today if you asked the question you may get a completely different answer. Over the past few years tablets have developed so much that they are quickly catching up to the level of the traditional PC. It has been revealed that the IPad Pro is now more powerful than some entry-level laptops. But would you replace your computer with a tablet?
It can be argued that a tablet can replace a PC on a certain level. The most popular actions that take place on a computer are searching the web, checking emails and updating social media. Gaming, writing essays and letters are also common tasks and all of these can be done on a tablet. Many have argued that they actually find using a tablet easier due to the touchscreen ability. Tablets can now also support Microsoft Office and Apple’s iWork as well as attaching a keyboard if you felt the need. Does this mean the PC is now redundant to the everyday user?
Some tasks are even easier to do on a tablet, if you need to film or take picture quickly, tablets will allow you to do this. You can quickly change between applications and even edit the picture and film on the iPad. This makes the process a lot quicker for many users. Tablets are far better for travel which has led to many people to start abandoning their laptops.
If you are just an ‘average user’ who is mainly sticking to simple tasks I may agree that your computer can be replaced. However there is one main thing that will never allow people to fully abandon their PCs. If you need a piece of complex software that it not compatible with a tablet. This is often the case with more creative software and business applications. Many companies are now starting to build their software on the web to avoid this problem but at this current moment, the majority of businesses still need Microsoft Windows to get their programmes to work.
Currently running complex software such as Final Cut Pro is also an issue. Programmes such as this need a lot of power to run and although the IPad pro might have the power, the application has now been designed for this format and a version would need to be created specifically for tablets.
Another issue with tablets is storage, you can get an IPad with storage up to 256GB but this still doesn’t compare to what is achievable on a PC. If you work with a lot of pictures, film or music you can quickly use up this space. Customers can also purchase more storage but this could lead to many customers having to sign up to a monthly subscription.
So what do you think? Could you give up your PC for a tablet or is it just not a realistic tool for everyday business use?
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