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Computer Tablets: Pros and Cons

Business Technology | June 3, 2011

Though still a young technology, computer tablets have become one of the most popular items in the tech world since the introduction of the iPad. As the industry has grown, so have the alternatives, with tablets being offered by Microsoft, Android and Motorola.  However, popularity doesn’t always equal practicality. The iPad may one day be viewed as an antiquated technology, much in the same way we now see the Atari 2600. When making the decision to purchase a tablet, make sure to first consider the pros and cons. 

Pros: 

  • Tablets are incredibly portable devices. Being able to remotely connect with your work is becoming a necessity as businesses grows more integrated with cloud computing. As a rule of thumb, the more accessible you are, the better. 
  • Tablets are very practical tools. As developers continue to design new business apps that improve over time, there will be a growing amount of potential work uses for tablets. 
  • Tablets are a sign of professionalism. Having a tablet computer in a meeting with a client or partner rather than a legal pad will let them know that you mean business. In turn, this could increase their confidence in your ability to perform. 

Cons: 

  • Tablets aren’t a necessity. There are currently few functions a tablet can complete that a desktop or laptop cannot. Before you decide on a tablet, consider if it is a needed business tool or a wanted luxury. 
  • Tablets can be very distracting. Because tablets are crossover devices between business and consumer, they have the potential to become overpriced toys. Presently, there are much more leisure-related apps than there are work-related apps.  
  • Tablets are a new technology. Though this makes them exciting and cutting edge, it also makes them expensive and sometimes faulty. Developers often release these products before they are perfected, and it might be a few years down the road until a fully reliable tablet is released at a fair price. 

Computer tablets can be extremely useful tools, though at the same time they can operate as nothing more than very expensive toys. Depending on your needs, a tablet may be the perfect fit, but make sure to weigh the pros and cons prior to making a final decision. If you are interested in reading further, please read over this article.


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