To tablet or not to tablet

The media says that it is all about smaller and more portable technology these days. We see the computer industry start to switch from bulky desktops and laptops to tablets, and people have to be wondering. Is the tablet the personal computer of the future? The answer: not yet. While the Apple and its competitors are doing a great job of innovating new ways to take the things that you love to do on your PC and making pint-sized to-go versions of the tablets, they are just not ready to pick up the weight of a regular computer.

Let’s take a look at how the two break down:

iPad:

The iPad has a loyal fan base and with the iPad2 out with the faster processor Apple seems to have hit a home run. Apple’s tablet has all of the same abilities that the mini version the iPod touch has except it is a larger screen. The iPad is a nice buy for the person on the go who wants to have a digital device to check mail, read a book, listen to music, watch a movie, or do some light office work.

Laptop:

A standard laptop boasts these capabilities, but for the same price of the iPad, a fully-fledged computer is available. dramatic price changes like this are mostly due to the fact that manufacturing costs are going down and the tablet craze has forced laptop and traditional computer manufacturers to lower their costs to compete. Companies don’t offer just a hunk of junk for 500 dollars. Instead, costs are way down from the consumer standpoint.

Like all technology purchases, before you buy do your research and make a list of what you need so when you walk into a store, you don’t walk out with something you do not need.

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