Tablet computers will almost certainly become more popular because they are selling very well. Lightweight, thin tablets provide wireless Internet access, and are fun to use because they have intuitive apps that people control through touch screens. According to CNN Tech, people find that tablets are easy to learn and fun to use for casual Internet browsing, email and games.
Tablet computers might never replace desktops or laptops. For example, you don’t need a portable computer if you use your computer only at home. Also, even if you use a portable computer while commuting or traveling, you probably prefer the mouse, tactile keyboard, and larger screen on your desktop at home. If you write long documents, create spreadsheets, or perform other process-intensive work, you should use either a desktop or laptop because no current tablet has the sufficient power or capacity.
Tablet computers might replace some netbooks. According to Northwestern University Medill Reports, tablets are already causing one PC manufacturer to see “a falloff in netbook demand.” You can think of a tablet as an expensive portable computer that is partly a netbook that has no tactile keyboard, and partly a smartphone through which you cannot make phone calls. Therefore, tablets might also replace some smartphones. For example, if you carry a tablet in your backpack, you need carry only a standard (and not-so-smart) mobile phone in your pocket.
The Apple iPad that runs the OS 4 operating system has competition from other companies that build tablet computers that run the Google Droid operating system. In creating the tablet as a new computer-product category, both Apple and Google have leveraged their smartphone successes. However, neither Apple nor Google are perfect. Two examples: According to Wired, after Apple created the Pippin gaming system in 1996, it failed because other systems worked better and were already market leaders. According to CMS Wire, after Google created the Wave collaboration tool in 2009, it failed because it was poorly defined and too ambitious.
Although both Apple and Google have had failed products, tablet computers will probably be a growing market for them and most other companies involved. They must maintain high quality, develop new features, and reduce prices. Of course, those that produce shoddy tablets or apps deserve all they lose. Unless Apple, Google, and other companies become careless or too greedy, at least one tablet might soon be part of every home, and be friendly with all other computers in the house.
Brian X. Chen, “Nobody needs a tablet. So why are we gobbling them up?”, CNN Tech
Megan Jonas, “2011: The year of the tablet (again)?”, Northwestern University Medill Reports
Bryan Gardiner, “Learning From Failure: Apple’s Most Notorious Flops — Pippin”, Wired
Chelsi Nakano, “Five Lessons Learned from the Failure of Wave”, CMS Wire