The tablet is a form factor that we can safely say is here to stay. When Apple first unveiled the iPad, naysayers lined up to take potshots; not only at the actual device but at the form factor as a whole. Two years on, and strong sales – including healthy mainstream crossover – suggest Steve Jobs and the other visionaries were right all along.
As well as the iPad we now have a multitude of other tablets from the cheap to the expensive. Amazon took tablets further into the mainstream with the Kindle Fire, while the Nexus 7 from Google is even being complimented by dyed in the wool Apple fanboys. Apple will likely follow Google with a smaller iPad soon, while Microsoft is climbing on board the bandwagon with Windows Surface. The present is exciting, but what of the future?
This Week’s Question…
What Is The Future For Tablets?
The tablet isn’t a new phenomenon, with Microsoft and Bill Gates deserving a lot of the credit for pushing the slate form factor onto the general populace. Unfortunately the technology just wasn’t up to scratch at that time, and it wasn’t until the iPad was born that we got a glimpse at the tablet we all wanted to own and to use on a daily basis.
This form factor has already evolved in the short space of time between the release of the original iPad and the present day. Which suggests it will keep evolving at a phenomenal pace into the future. So we want to know how you feel about the tablet of the future. What will it look like? What will the user interface be? Will Apple still reign supreme?
The big question is whether tablets will grow to dominate, knocking the traditional desktops and laptops from their lofty perch at the top of the tree? Or will they instead prove to be a small, insignificant footnote in history? Perhaps the hybrid devices featuring touchscreens and keyboards will win out in the longterm. Can you see yourself ever shunning a keyboard and mouse completely? What would touchscreens need to make them the ultimate input devices?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
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