The Evolution of the Tablet PC


The invention of the tablet PC has been one of the technological breakthroughs of the computer age. In one aspect it is up there with the original invention of the PC but due the ever-changing lifestyle of the computer user it has surpassed the “ordinary” PC in so many ways.


Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, popularised the phrase “post-PC” back in 2007. He was depicting a time when mobile devices (i.e. mobile phones, smartphones and tablets) would replace the more traditional PC as the primary method of computing.


Well, the tablet has arrived and it is increasingly becoming the device that people want. The tablet has the capabilities of giving the user a miniaturised version of a traditional PC. But, the beauty of the tablet is that it is a hand-held device and as such it not only sits perfectly in the palm of your hand but is the ideal device for the on-the-go lifestyle of the modern day computer user.


Following the Apple Corporation’s launch of the iPad, the worldwide demand for tablets grew exponentially, resulting in millions of new tablets flooding the market. This means that there is a plethora of different devices with a wide variety of configurations and applications that people can choose from. The beauty of this influx of companies producing tablets means that they are far more economically priced.


The design logic of tablets focuses on the combination of miniaturisation technology with a powerful processor to optimise the available space where you can store applications, pictures, video, and documents, send emails, and chat or even read books through an integrated e-reader. Another popular feature in some tablets is the built-in camera (front and rear) that allows you to take pictures. The functionality of a tablet allows you to virtually run your personal and business affairs from the palm of your hand.


Due to the rapid rise of the tablet the more traditional use of computers has quickly taken a back seat. Users now prefer the user friendly touch screen instead of the keyboard and mouse experience they had with the traditional computer. The new tablet provides a more interactive experience for the user.


As the main feature of the tablet is its portability it is beginning to prove its value to the modern computer user by allowing them to access the internet whilst they are on the move. The numerous benefits of the tablet (i.e. cheaper applications, longer battery life, and lightweight design) make them the perfect choice for mobile computing.


All the different business applications that are available for the tablet make it the perfect choice for business professionals. Coupling that with its mobility has allowed the tablet to increase its popularity in the marketplace. In fact it is quickly providing the ideal mobile computing solution from such a small device.


Throughout all the frenzy surrounding the introduction of Apple’s iPad operating system (iOS) Google set about designing the Android platform in an attempt to compete with the Apple iOS. The emergence of the Android system was warmly received by users, and it quickly became an alternative to Apple’s iOS platform.


The ease of reading e-books, newspapers, web surfing, purchasing applications from almost all online shops and the possibility of customisation according to user needs, shows that the Android device is here to stay.


Albeit that the Android model has only been around for only a few years it has quickly become a favourite with users. The beauty of the Android is its open platform that allows easy creation of applications. Couple its mobile connection, which provides easy access to media files, with the multitude of applications that are available will put the Android Operating System (OS) in a very strong position for many years to come.


By having access to thousands of Android applications (e.g. gaming applications, telephone calls and SMS text messaging) and the ability to use them via a user friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) is what makes the Android OS so appealing to users.


As we can see the transition from the tradition PC to a tablet has started and will only continue to grow because of the wants and needs of the ever changing lifestyles of computer users. That’s not to say that the traditional PC is turning into dinosaur, far from it. There is still the need for traditional PCs. It is more a question of how and where they are being used that will determine their existence. The tablet’s existence and popularity is down to its portability and as such will continue to be a popular choice for users.