Tablets to overtake laptops and PCs

Tablets are taking over the computing world

Tablets to overtake laptops and PCs

Research collected by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has shown that tablets are set to take over the computer market. This year tablet sales will overtake laptop sales. The company also predicted that tablets will overtake PCs by 2015, less than two years from now.

Worldwide tablet shipments are projected to grow by 45 per cent from this year by 2015, taking them to over 332 million in 2015. By comparison, just over 322 million PCs are set to ship in the same year.

This extraordinarily fast-growing trend has been driven by consumers looking for a more portable, more affordable platform on which to surf the web, check emails and watch videos or listen to music. The average worldwide tablet price is now $398 and still dropping.

So why would you choose a tablet over a PC? For one, it’s cheaper, which either means you spend less or can upgrade more often. You can’t store as much on it, and it doesn’t have the same power as a PC, but with the number of apps available and the extraordinary portability offered by some of the smaller tablets, it’s hard to go wrong.

Today’s top tablets

Name: Apple iPad mini
Cost:
$369
Storage:
16Gb
Camera:
Yes
The iPad mini has brought a lot of new users to Apple – it’s the first truly affordable computer Apple has produced for years. The interface is easy to use and it isn’t too big, making it very portable. It’s not as good as some of the bigger tablets for watching movies, but the quality of the screen is excellent.

Name: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
Cost:
$284
Storage:
16Gb
Camera:
Yes
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a little larger than the Apple iPad mini, but it is equally portable. It runs Android software, which is also quite user-friendly (especially if you have been using an Android phone). It does weigh an extra 200g on the iPad mini, but this is only an issue if you are worried about carrying it around in your handbag or backpack.

Name: Kindle Fire HD
Cost: $229
Storage:
16Gb
Camera:
Yes
The Kindle Fire is an eReader which also functions as a tablet. It is heavier than the iPad mini, but lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. One of the best things about the Kindle Fire HD is that you can shop for content (such as books and movies) and then download directly from Amazon. You can also pay an annual fee to download and ‘borrow’ ebooks from the Amazon lending library.

Fun fact: the cheapest way to buy a tablet is to get one secondhand. You can often find tablets which have seen very little use through eBay – just remember to check if the seller still has all the warranty information, such as the receipt. Buying secondhand can be a great way to test if a tablet is the right device for you.



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    COMMENTS

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    geliweb
    11th Jun 2013
    2:05pm
    The Amazon Lending Library is not available to Australian residents as I recently found out when I tried to join.
    Londoner
    12th Jun 2013
    8:25am
    Recently I've bought two products, an e-reader and a tablet to see what they were like. The e-reader I chose was a Nook Simple Touch and the tablet a 7" (for portability) LelikTec Dual Core 16gb. The Nook I found to be very good and, according to reviews, is as good as, and in some aspects better than, a Kindle. Nooks can be bought direct from the manufacturer if not available from a stockist in Australia. The LelikTec I bought from Amazon.
    The problem with e-readers is that one tends to be tied for books to the supplier i.e. Kindle to Amazon, Nook to Nook etc although Epub or PDF format books from a library are accepted by all. However there is a piece of free software called Calibre that will convert anything to anything once you have told it what reader you have.
    The tablet I found to be 'interesting' - a fun gadget but limited in what it can do. A lot of tablets run the Android operating system with Apps available from the Google Shop. I feel that Tablets have a long way to go before they replace Laptops, if ever. In my case I run a 10" Netbook instead of a laptop as that has the same capability as my PC, if a little slower, and a lot lighter and smaller than a laptop. Like a Tablet a Netbook doesn't have an optical drive. The biggest problem I found with the tablet, apart from useful apps for free, is the touch screen and the inbuilt keyboard. These can be overcome with a stylus (in the first case)and a separate keyboard (my keyboard is actually built into the case) but the messing around changing from one to the other can get frustrating after a time if speed is paramount.
    Battery Life - Tablet about 4 hours, around the same as my Netbook. Nook e-reader around 2 months based on 30mins reading a day.
    Mary
    12th Jun 2013
    10:32am
    It is sad that so many games I play (mostly facebook) require flash and are difficult to access on my ipad. I have used Puffin browser and they work to a degree - for a lot of things I have to get back to my computer to fully function
    Desiree
    13th Jun 2013
    11:14am
    I purchased an Aldi's Bauhn 9.7" tablet at $256. Works great. Need to figure out how to get my Itunes library on to it. Being an Apple app doesn't sync with my Bauhn tablet .
    Londoner
    13th Jun 2013
    6:20pm
    It would seem that the Bauhn tablet uses the Android OS. If you Google the problem you're having there'll be a solution for you.
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=loading+an+itune+into+Android+&rls=com.microsoft:en-GB:%7Breferrer:source?%7D&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7DSGK_en&redir_esc=&ei=8365UfD0L-Ty0gXCsoHYBQ

    might help.


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