Tekk Life: Tablets Are Changing, Not Dead

   Are Tablets Dead?

     I read an article over at TechCrunch the other day about how tablets are dead.  I don't know what they are talking about because I think tablets are actually just hitting their mature stage rather then just being a toy.  Think about it.  Do you have a tablet sitting at home somewhere collecting dust?  Have you had it for several years now and see no reason to upgrade?  That's because, as a toy, tablets don't do much for us that our smartphones can't already do.  But tablets aren't toys any more.  They are turning into true devices that have a purpose.

Professional Tablets

     Tablets have really transformed over the past year or two.  Where you once saw only tablets like the IPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab, now we are starting to see things like the IPad Pro and Surface Pro tablets.  Now I don't think the author of the TechCrunch article considers those tablets but 2-in-1 devices.  But they really are just tablets with optional keyboards.  They fit into a different niche.  Not everyone needs a Surface Pro at home but in a business environment, I see a lot of potential.  A super mobile full version of Windows can be a laptop killer in my opinion.  The convince of a smartphone but the power of a Windows desktop that can be easily held in your hands.

2-in-1 Devices

     Now 2-in-1 devices are also a transformation of tablets.  I don't really use my Nexus 7 anymore but my HP 2-in-1 laptop I use quite a bit.  Mostly I use it as a laptop but there are several times that I flip it over and use it in Windows 10's tablet mode.  I am seeing more and more 2-in-1 models coming to market as well.  They are usually on the higher end of laptops but that is because of the extra hardware needed to make the laptop a 2-in-1.  No matter if they flip over or disconnect from their keyboard base, 2-in-1s have a tablet built in there somewhere.

     So while the first generation of tablet tech may be on the decline, the second generation is starting to find a solid market.  Surface Pros, the IPad Pro, and the 2-in-1 devices are the children of devices like the IPad and Galaxy Tab.  Faster, tougher, more powerful, and more useful then their parents, this generation of tablets is starting to come into their own.
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