It’s no secret that tablets have made a major impact on the entire computing world. These trendy devices have given users a way to stay connected to the online world without having to be bothered with bulky laptops. Even in the day of the ultrabook, tablets are emerging as a viable pick.
The tablet market has been somewhat of an adventure to examine in the past couple of years. We have watched Apple rip apart the market with their iPad and HP’s downfall with their discontinued TouchPad, but failing tablet ventures have not stopped the consistency of those trying to get into the market. In the recent weeks, both Microsoft and Google have introduced two new tablets (Microsoft Surface and Nexus 7), and each vendor is declaring that their tablet brings a new user experience to the table. With all of this constant tablet chatter, I can’t help but wonder if this new-old technology is here to stay or will it be short-lived.
Consumers are very optimistic on the longevity of these devices primarily driven by the desire for the iPad. Since the iPad’s inception , tablet usage has reached an all time high. Over the past 2 years, the amount of tablets purchased has increased tremendously and caused computer vendors to rethink their marketing strategies. Consumers, both young and old, that invest in tablets find that they are very handy for every day use with statistics showing that 62% of them use their tablets daily. What they are using them for? I have no idea but can just about imagine! With the demand comes shiny, new, and robust devices that are going to pack more computing power than ever. A quad-core tablet? Who would’ve thought!
I think that in a few years, tablets will be the top selling mobile computing device and will still be the next best thing. There are others who believe that the tablet phase is just here for a brief moment, and desktop computers and laptops will be back on top again very soon. Enter, again, the ultrabook. Unfortunately, we have no certainty if this is truly the case, but we know that the world of technology is ever evolving, and there will always be some form of new technology that takes the world by storm.
Are you riding the tablet wave? What kind of tablet are you using?