December 22, 2011

Laptops May Yet Survive Despite the Tablet Onslaught

The latest development in the computing world is the tablet computer like the iPad. But it doesn't appear as a major rethink of the laptop platform, just like the leap away from the desktop and toward the more useful laptop design. It doesn't look like a quantum leap that would merit a major step in the evolution of the computing device.

Apple has unveiled the amazing new features of iPad tablet. Ten hours of battery life is a feat of human ingenuity. I wonder if this technology could be adapted for the car industry? I have seen a really cool iPad setup with a nice wireless keyboard and would love to have one like that if only I can afford it.

One of the biggest issues with iPad is that it is a closed system. I've read of a report that an iPad user was unable to charge the iPad from the USB ports of non-Apple hardware. So if you're a user of an Apple product, then it would be to your advantage if you would own other Apple products as well. It's a good strategy when selling in well-to-do markets but may not be as effective with consumers who are not as rich.

iPad has been designed to be waterproof that's why there are no vents where cooler air from outside could flow inside of it. This results in the device's propensity to overheat. Most laptops have overcome the overheating problem. If you look at the underside of your laptop, you'll notice that there are vents into which air current could flow. Then, there is a fan inside that blows away hot air from inside out.

Another issue with tablet computers is the smaller size of their screen. For some, the minimum size that the eye could use comfortably is 14 inches. Have a screen smaller than that and it may cause eyestrain if you look at the small area for a long time. You may say that you could always zoom the document but those screen changes could make the experience more tiring to the eyes.

I don't know much about the applications that run on tablet computers but one thing is certain: they are using an operating system that is different from the Windows or Linux systems that we have been accustomed to use. If that is the way that the world wants developments in computing to follow, then are we to learn again yet another operating system after having been comfortable using Windows or Linux? I would agree to this provided that the operating system is given free thus lowering further the cost of the computer.

Well, there may be two types of computer users in the world and one would migrate gladly to the world of tablet computing. These are primarily Internet surfers or gamers or social media enthusiasts. At the other end are the business users and the serious individual entrepreneurs. These are people who use computers in the pursuit of their business or profession. Most of them are expected to stick it out with laptop computers.

To be sure, tablets are going to eat a substantial portion of the laptop market. The young and the active segment of Internet users will surely be drawn to the portability of the tablet model. These users are primarily consumers of the products and services available in the Internet. At the other end of the spectrum and substantially less in numbers are the content and media creators who are expected to continue their development work using laptops.

Students are a special case in that they are required to create academic reports and other sorts of documents. The netbook model would be the more appropriate gadget for them as they have physical keyboards needed for creating long documents. The netbook is a stripped-down laptop that contains only the basic necessities for accessing the Internet and preparing documents. So in this specific segment at least the laptop would still become prevalent.

Another factor that would favor the continued relevance of the laptop is the price issue. Tablets are aimed at the high income segment and would be beyond the affordability threshold of the world's ordinary consumer. Laptops are going to become cheaper and yet more powerful and more versatile than the tablet computers. Price and value conscious consumers would surely favor the laptop over the tablet model. Laptops are thus expected to continue selling on the points of power, reliability, versatility, and value over the competing tablets.

Laptops have come a long way to provide a good enough computing power and operational stability. As long as you take prudent measures to protect your data, you can rely on your laptop for the long haul. And its technology have been here long enough in a way that you can very well do your own upgrading and repairing. It has a proven track record that tablet computers have yet to establish for themselves. It is a platform that you can rely on not to let you down when you most needed it.

So I think that the laptop is not on the verge of becoming obsolete. The development toward the tablet model may not be considered as a major technological leap that would warrant a universal move from laptops to tablets. Various factors are converging to assure that the laptop platform remains relevant in spite of the substantial market inroads achieved by the tablet computers.

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