Can a tablet really replace your computer?

Apple’s newest campaign-line for the new iPad Pro is ‘’ what’s a computer?’’. The line is said casually after an older neighbour asks the young girl protagonist, laying on the grass with her new iPad, ‘’ hey, what are you doing on your computer?’’. We can all agree that in the last few years technology has moved at a lightning pace, along with the ways that we use our devices’. A computer used to be a tool for work or school, for creating Power Points, for writing something, or for sending emails and searching the web for useful (or not) information. Those same devices nowadays are used to play games, communicate with friends and strangers on an ever expanding social media platform, and to watch videos on pretty much anything, such as the informative Ted talks, and also other (less informative) videos, such as people tasing themselves. Unless you were expecting to be tased and want to see what will happen to yourself, nothing good if you were wondering.

 

Because of this shift  the need for the normal computer, with a screen and permanently attached keyboard has gone. People want something portable and powerful enough to simply browse the web or edit their home videos ,so they can become the next YouTube sensation, this is were tablets come in. Tablets are the perfect hybrid between the Device we all use almost every second of the day, our phones and the bigger screened laptop or computer were used to. Because tablets also run on operating systems generally similar to our phones they aren’t confusing and we can all use them just as simply.

 

In the past tablets weren’t laptop alternative options as you could not organise files in the same way that you could on computers. However more and more companies are running full computer software on their tablets like Microsoft or introducing the ability to organise your media in an app such as Files on Apple devices, giving you the ability to store and organise information in the way you want. Another problem with tablets in the past was that for people who  wanted to do serious work on their tablets, there simply wasn’t the available programs that could do the necessary jobs. However with tablet sales and popularity increasing, more software companies such as adobe are creating support for these platforms and giving professionals the ability to do real work on them.

 

Tablets have always been that awkward middle, mainly brought for simply a larger screen, now they really stand apart, fit for use as an actual laptop alternative for the everyday person and more serious users, with genuinely cool added benefits like drawing with the pencil on the iPad Pro. Obviously for many they still need the power or software support of a full blown laptop or computer, but the gap is closing. Sooner rather than later, everyone may be asking what a computer is.

 

Written on my tablet.

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