Reasons To Love Tablets Again

Last updated: October 5th 2017.

Reasons To Love Tablets Again

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Nowadays smartphones are the device of choice.  Smartphone sales are up, their prices are down, and the competition is fierce.  This cannot be said about tablets.  This was not the case a few years back when people were very enthusiastic about tablets.

In this review, we’re going to look at the current tablet market to try and see why they are not doing as well as smartphones.  We will also be pointing out some reasons why you should consider using a tablet again.

Looking back to look forward

The Galaxy Tab

  • Samsung produced the first mainstay tablet in the consumer market with the Galaxy Tab.
  • Launched in the same year that Apple launched the iPad.
  • Samsung developed and launched the Galaxy Tab in response to the popularity of the iPad. They wanted to pre-empt other Android OEMs and take a share of the market Apple created and was now enjoying.
  • Back then, the lines would occasionally blur between phones and tablets.
  • In fact, non-North American models of the Galaxy Tab could make and receive voice phone calls.

Other OEMs followed suit

  • ASUS released the first 1080p Android tablet.
  • ASUS following products would be the Transformer and the Transformer Prime.
  • Motorola released XOOM.
  • Google released the Nexus 7

Though tablet sales started out strong when they first started being released, the declined rapidly.  In this next section we will try and look at what might have caused this.

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Race for space

While phones, which people carry and use almost daily, are almost a necessity, tablets are seen more as a luxury. A tablet is not considered a device that you need with you all the time.  Size is a factor here as smaller devices are more convenient to use and bring around.  If you’re out and about, a smartphone is what you use and what most people favor.

Size issues

There was a time when Tablets – such as the iPad, the Nexus 7 or the Fujitsu – could be seen everywhere.  This is no longer the case and size could be the issue.

  • When phones were big as well, such as Android phones that were 4.3 inches, a 7-inch tablet didn’t feel so bad.
  • In 2015, the phablet, is now rising in prominence, and many people feel that a large device is worth it if it meets their needs to be productive but also provides them with recreation.
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Lack of Motivation

Many people just don’t feel the need to buy a tablet.  Phones now a day’s are a daily necessity but, as they go with us everywhere, they can break.  A tablet that remains safely at home is going to remain usable for years to come.  Given a choice, unless their huge spec seekers, most consumers won’t be interested in replacing their tablets with newer models.

  • Tablets release constantly but there is not often much change seen from product to product.
  • Take the iPad Mini 2 and 3, aside from the addition of Touch ID and a gold color variation, there’s not much difference between 2 and 3.
  • If it’s an Android tablet, there will be a few inner upgrades but as these are mostly spec, they’re not really tangible.
  • Most people don’t feel the need to upgrade a device that they don’t really use daily.

Why should you still want a tablet?

  • The larger format of a tablet gives a different experience then a phone. Using a tablet is more leisurely with image and text coming out more legible.
  • As such they are great for those with poor vision.
  • They are great presents for those who are more senior in age.
  • However, they are also great for those with good eyesight.
  • Even those with 20/20 vision can get eyestrain from staring at a small screen for too long a period of time.
  • They are great for those with kids.
  • Large size factor makes it easier for kids to use.
  • There are a lot of tablet-specific, kid friendly applications
  • Some tablets even have a dedicated Kid Mode with special themes and settings.
  • Great for consumers who don’t use a large phone.
  • Great for those who want to keep their business and pleasure separate.
  • As games tend to drain a phone battery, gamers can have all the games they want in a tablet and take advantage of both its larger battery and its screen size.
  • Tablets are great for those who are business oriented.
  • Typing on a phone can be cramped and tedious while a tablet gives a more spacious experience.
  • There are many business productivity suites that work better on a larger device such as a tablet.
  • Tablets are good for those who worry about battery life. With smartphone screen resolutions getting higher, their power needs are also increasing.  A tablet dow not have that problem.

Do you have a tablet?  Why did you choose to buy it?

JR

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