There are many experts out there that are predicting doom and gloom for the tablet market, and they may be right. Sales are down for regular tablets. Now, we could sit here and debate why that is, but that is not the purpose of today’s article. Maybe we will save that one for next week.
Today, I wanted to discuss several reasons why I believe that the traditional tablet is still useful and relevant today. While they definitely aren’t for everybody, for many of us they can still be highly useful devices and in some ways can still replace some tasks that we use our laptops or smartphones for today.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at several reasons why I believe a tablet is still useful even in today’s market.
1. Large Screen Easier to Use
If there is one thing that all tablets have going for them, it is their large screens. The fact is these larger screens are just much easier to use than their smartphone counterparts. This is especially true if you like to use your tablet to get a little work done while you are on the go. If you need to edit documents, you want to be able to see them. The large screen with the great resolution of today’s tablets make them the perfect accessory for working on the go.
2. Accessories Expand Their Usage
Hybrids are cool, and give you just one device. However, you can easily transform your tablet into a workhorse by adding a few accessories. For example, a case with keyboard on it makes it much easier to type on your tablet and if you use Android or Windows you can easily connect a Bluetooth mouse to transform it into a small computer you take with you anywhere. You can often do this and still save money over a hybrid as well.
3. More Affordable Than Hybrids
Speaking of costs, let’s talk about the costs of hybrids. Hybrids are essentially laptops that can be converted into tablets. They are powerful and you can often detach part of them or fold it up to work just like a tablet. This convenience does come at a price. Hybrids are often much more expensive than a traditional tablet. If you already have a good laptop, why get rid of it? Instead, you can save money by buying a tablet as a device to take with you and, as we already mentioned, the addition of a few useful accessories and you have a mobile computer at a fraction of the cost of buying a hybrid.
4. They Are Great for Gaming
Mobile gaming has really taken the world by storm. Sure, there are games that play better on your smartphone. However, I think you will find that some of the best mobile games often perform better and look better on the large screen you will find on your tablet. The controls are often easier to manage and the games just look great on your tablet. If you love mobile gaming, I highly suggest you invest in a tablet to play some or even all of your games. You will be glad you did, as they just look and feel so much better on a larger device compared to the small screen you will find on your smartphone.
5. Perfect for Reading
Do you love to read books but don’t want to carry them around with you when you travel? It’s understandable. That’s one reason ebooks have taken the world by storm. Ebooks are more popular than they ever have been and the main reason is their accessibility. You see, you can read an ebook almost anywhere. Tablets, in my opinion, are the best way to enjoy your ebooks. Sure you can invest in an ebook reader or read them on your smartphone, but that means you either have a second device to carry around or you are reading on a small screen which is hard on your eyes after a while. Instead, if you use your tablet, you can take advantage of the large screen. Think about it. Your tablet is pretty much book size. With your tablet, you can take your books with you wherever you want to go without having to lug around a heavy traditional book on top of everything else you already have to carry with you when you travel.
6. Magnificent for Movies
Do you like watching movies but don’t have a television handy? Maybe you have a Netflix subscription that you love to use for power watching television shows? Whatever the reason, the large screen of the tablet and the comfort you will find holding it make them great for watching movies and television programs from virtually anywhere. Whether you are traveling for work or just resting in your bed, you can easily watching on your tablet so you don’t have to invest in an additional television.
As you can see, there are still many great reasons to buy a traditional tablet. Sure, hybrids may be the way of the future, but in many ways, including the price, they just aren’t quite there yet. If you want an affordable way to take your work and games with you wherever you go, a regular tablet is still the best option out there.
Tablets are more affordable, more powerful than ever today. They are a great way to enjoy the very best that tablets have to offer without having to break the bank to get one. With a few accessories, you can easily expand the power of these devices so they are every bit as powerful as a hybrid, allowing you impressive amounts of work and play from virtually anywhere.
So what do you think? Do you agree with my assessment of tablets today? Are they still every bit as useful as they once were, or do you agree with the experts that hybrids are the only really useful tablet today? Let me know what you think in the comments below.