Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have become the most popular means of surfing the web. Thanks to advancing technology, desktops have become nearly obsolete save for those who want to have the most memory capacity. Laptops however, seem to be holding right now as they combine portability with all the features of a desktop.
When tablets such as the iPad first made their appearance, many people viewed them as nice examples of technical advances with less practical uses than laptops. This was because tablets had very little storage memory by comparison, had no built-in practical keyboard and were seemingly stuck in terms of their screen size between the handy, convenient smartphone and much larger, more visibly friendly laptop screen.
However, tablets are now well positioned to take over the position laptops currently hold for a number of reasons. If trends continue, it will not be all that long before traditional laptops head down the same path as desktops. Tablets may be here to stay, but that doesn’t mean that your iPad is indestructible. Getting iPad insurance can protect your investment so you can get it fixed or replaced more quickly.
What follows are the 10 reasons I believe tablets are will make laptops obsolete. Given how pervasive laptops are, it will take some time for tablets to completely replace them, but the trends are already apparent.
The fact is that while laptops are portable, they generally require you to sit down at a table or on a surface where they can be opened and use. A tablet can be used from your hands, which makes them preferable in most cases. The many laptop/tablet hybrids which try to combine the advantages of both generally wind up creating more problems. In terms of sheer portability, it will be easier to develop lightweight, expanding keyboards over creating a smaller, tablet-sized laptop that is practical.
Currently, laptops carry far more storage memory than tablets, but that gap is closing as new advances in technology make memory storage smaller. This means that much more can be stored on tablets, through built-in memory and expanding flash drives which can carry all of what is needed to complete tasks.
The compression of larger files, such as video for example, has put tablets on par with laptops in terms of surfing the web. The more such larger files are compressed, then the less memory is needed to stream and store these files for use.
One of the more interesting trends is storing all the memory needed online, which means that actually storing files and documents on the computer is becoming obsolete. With virtually unlimited online storage becoming more available, this trend is bound to continue.
In most cases, tablets last far longer on batteries than laptops, making them even more portable-friendly. This is because the power requirements of tablets are far less than it takes to run a laptop. Plus, advancing battery technology will only have tablets lasting that much longer than laptops as the power requirements remain the same.
The big demand right now is better smartphones and tablets. While tablets have some limitations, their screen size makes them very desirable, even to those with smartphones. As trends go, so goes technology. This will also mean that new technological breakthroughs will happen on mobile devices first. So when more of what people want is available exclusively on tablets, laptops will really start to fade away. It is certainly possible that trends will change however. Even the slide rule has come back in favor in certain circles. But overall, once the trend heads away from an established device, it tends to keep going away.
The one big advantage that laptops have right now is the built-in keyboard. But now, more tablets are coming with small keyboard attachments that can be used. Currently, work on the virtual keyboard and similar approaches will give tablets the final edge they need over laptops to make them obsolete. Expanding keyboards may be another option so that people have the physical feel of typing which is important.
While the prices of laptops have come down, so have tablets. With current trends leaning towards creating more efficient tablets, the prices will continue to drop and make them even more affordable than laptops. Plus, even if laptops drop further in price, it will be because they do not have all the great features that tablets have, making them less desirable and thus, less expensive as a result.
While writing is a skill that will never go out of date, what interests people online has less and less to do with writing than with the use of images and video. With tablets becoming more “all-in-one” units that can record, edit and upload video, millions of people will be able to make their own top quality videos all while using the same device. This is a powerful trend that technology will help make happen as trends continue towards tablets.
Touch screens are highly popular and more people today, particularly young people use touch screen technology. Even Windows 8 is built around touch screen technology. This means that as time passes, touch screens will become more desired and used in society. Adding touch screens to laptops will also happen, but tablets are more touch screen friendly. With tablet sizes become larger while the unit become thinner, touch technology will become even more pervasive as people use it on a daily basis to do all the things on the web that used to require mice and keyboards.
These are but 10 reasons why tablets will replace laptops in the foreseeable future. While laptops certainly have their uses, so do desktops and fewer people are buying those. Trends in technology can certainly be fickle and even unpredictable, but the advantages that tablets have over laptops can simply be exploited better by new technology than laptops which have generally been stuck in the same design frame for the past several years.