Tablets are great as a personal organiser...
Tablets aren't supposed to replace the mobile computer like a laptop or anything, but they are great for what the general public wants.
In this modern day and age most people only use the computer for one thing - surfing the net!
Sure they may also play the odd one or two games, but quite a lot of what people do on their PC's uses very little of the computers full capabilities - in most cases people could work with a 286 and not notice much difference (apart from the behemoth of an OS that Windows has become over the years).
So PC's have become too powerful for someone who just wants to type a letter, or e-mail a friend - you don't need a quad core 2Ghz processor with 16Gb of RAM and a 2 terrabyte hard disc for that - it will still only operate as fast as the user inputting the letter can type!
So now we have the tablet - tablets are ideal for someone with very little PC knowledge, most tablets just boot up in five seconds when you turn them on, you can then go straight into the web browser (which is where most people want to be), or use Apps that are very basically program, and linked online to SQL databases.
The other advantage with a tablet over a PC is that it is a bit harder for it to be hacked and gain a virus (I didn't say impossible - just a little bit harder), and even if it does get some kind of malware on there, normally there is an easy fix - just do a quick reset, and most things are back to normal, or if it really does lock up there is always the manual reset (normally by holding two buttons down), and finally the factory reset (which does of course wipe out all your data as well).
There is none of this going into the mysterious world of Safe Mode, and then letting Windows try and fix the problem for you (and eventually hashing things up so bad that you end up calling a techie out). It's just a simple reset.
Also with tablets most devices that are for a tablet are already built in, or can be added using bluetooth connections - none of this messing around trying to find drivers, coming up with a message like "Windows found an 'unknown device'" for a device that is inside the computer.
Tablets are just very simple and ideal for the general public because they work, just like the old Commodore Amiga's and Atari ST's used to - you just plugged them in the TV, turned them on and shoved a disc in and you were off.
Plus tablets can also be plugged easily into TV's - none of this messing around, getting Windows set up with multiple monitors and ensuring which desktop looks good on which screen rubbish, again with a tablet it's just plug in a HDMI cable and go.
I went from owning ZX Spectrum, to Amiga, to PC and when I went to the PC I actually thought we'd taken a major backwards step there and the PC was about as far away from the home entertainment market as it could possibly get, however now with tablets we're going more back towards incorporating the computer with the TV.
Also the entire architecture of the tablets are so much better than ye olde 80x86 architecture. The old Intel 80x86 is very lucky to have lasted so long. Zilog's Z80 years were much shorter, until we had the Motorola M680x0 and Intel 80x86 architecture battle and unfortunately the 80x86 came out on top possibly because of it's heavy office presence. But the 80x86 has a lot of major flaws in it's design that causes it to waste resources - for example the joke 640k memory limit. Thankfully these new tablets might seem under-powered in comparison to a desktop PC, but they have one main thing at their centre that means they don't need that power - an ARM processor - developed by Acorn, originally for the Acorn Archimedes. It does away with the wasteful resources of Intel so it doesn't need anywhere near as much power.
As for the on screen touch keyboard being an issue on tablets - that isn't always an issue - a number of firms all make bluetooth keyboards so you can turn your tablet into a full mini-laptop similar to an ASUS Eee PC. Arnova do a tablet with a cover that doubles up as a keyboard, and the good thing is if you don't want the extra weight of a keyboard - just leave it at home and use the onscreen one.
Tablets are a universal media device that can be used in a number of ways, but obviously if you want to do hardcore stuff - like say major video editing, intense 3D gaming, etc the PC is still the fore runner, with a tablet on the side for the minor things.
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