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Can Tablets Replace Laptops?

June 28th, 2017

Tablets have always been present in our society long before it was introduced into our society. There have been many science fiction stories such as Start Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey where tablets have been shown and operated on. They seemed like futuristic devices until the late 2000s where they became a viable alternative to laptops.

The first tablet was commercially available in 1989. Thereafter many manufacturers followed suit. These devices didn’t seem like game changers as they were very bulky and slow. Further the battery life was bad and people didn’t see fit to purchase one. They weren’t all that bad because it was a step in the right direction. It brought something new to the market even though it couldn’t replace a laptop. A laptop at that time was much slower and bulkier than today as well and it required lot of IT support as they were complicated.

Apple is credited with introducing and reinvigorating the tablet market. This all started when Apple was creating the iPhone. Initially Apple had planned for an iPad but the planes were scrapped in favour of the iPhone. When the iPhone was released, it was a revolutionary device that changed the landscape of smartphones.

The first iPad was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. It was very popular with record breaking sales. Like the iPhone before it, the iPad was a game changing device which peaked consumer interest. Soon afterwards, other manufacturers started creating tablets as well.

Even though the tablets were popular they weren’t exactly laptop replacements. Even though they were easy to use and navigate while being packed with features, there were certain limitations such as lack of a physical keyboard and all the apps that were available were mobile versions. Further tablets cannot be repaired like c repairs and didn’t have ports when compared to a laptop.
Each year tablets started becoming more and more powerful while offering many new features. They were becoming very useful many popular PC apps were being ported. Still the lack of multitasking and desktop type features was not available.

Apple thereafter released the iPad pro which was touted as a laptop replacement. It brought a powerful processor with a magnetic keyboard to use when necessary. It was popular with creative professions that required drawing, painting and designing. Apple also released a 2nd Gen iPad pro which is more powerful than the previous model. It was benchmarked to be more powerful than laptops. Apple has currently scheduled a software upgrade that would bring it in line with laptops.

Even though tablets are not 100% laptop replacement, there are many things that can be done through the tablet. Some things are much easier to be done through the tablet than a laptop. The gap is closing and it would be completed much sooner than we expect.