Yes,smartphones are great when on the move and needing to check into social networks.Smartphones don’t lend themselves well to completing offline computer based tasks, such as a spreadsheet, or a complex report. There are apps facilitating this, but for many users such a small device isn’t comfortable for these tasks.
"let's give it some time we will all get used to typing on a touch screen as well."
Of course with practice you may become accustomed to using your smartphones to easily send small texts, browse the web, send "small size" emails... But when it comes to serious computing tasks, you will have hard time trying to complete the job on time. Tablets and smartphones may improve in the future, but don't expect them to replace your laptops or your desktop computers.
iPads may be very cool, convenient... devices. But I don't think that they will replace laptops anytime soon. From a user point of view, iPads are just limited when it comes to simple text processing tasks such as word processing and slide show presentations.
And talking from a programmer point of view, iPads' small screen size and computing capabilities are very limited to provide adequate computing resources for a typical programming environment.
I am right there with you. I got a new smartphone with the virtual keyboard and I struggled but after a few weeks, my precision went up drastically. I don't even use the slide-out keyboard for short messages.
But the thing I think also helps the iPad is that it's an Apple product. They have always been branded as having simple but convenient products. Older folks work well with them and pickup the small nuances quickly (compared to non-Apple products of similar variety).
that is exactly the point, we are all attached to the keyboard because we have used it for decades.
let's give it some time we will all get used to typing on a touch screen as well. i had a hard time doing it when i first got an all touchscreen phone, but i'm getting the hang of it, even with the small screens compared to tablets.
i have noticed that alot of folks are using ipad in conference /meeting to capture notes instead of typing. They just type on the virtual keyboard. And use a pen to draw pictures. I think it 's becoming like a popular tool even for older people
the kind of apps you just mentioned can be run convinently on tablets. the problem with using them on tablets is the lack of a keyboard which most people are still very used to.
believe me, when we get used to working with touch screen more often, the keyboard will no more be an excuse.
I felt applications using high resolution audio, image and graphics will be beyond the capability of a tablet, but if that is combined with the power of the cloud (when its time comes) everything becomes possible on a table. HP's coming tablet comes with CAD software capable of high speed 3D graphic design, so even the engineer, architect, graphics designer, fashion designer and the likes like live off the tablet while on the go.
To be honest for desk workers, the PC is okay, but for anyone who moves around, the TABLET will be the best option.
I agree. I have both a laptop and a tablet and I cannot imagine doing my work on the iPad. I am one of those people who needs a keyboard. Typing long documents and putting excel spreadsheets together on the iPad would be time consuming. I can't see the iPad or a tablet taking over the laptop unless they add enough features (including a keyboard) that makes it look like a laptop.
I agree with you but don,t you think the use of word and Excel can be done also on tablets too with the use of openoffice, a software that does the same or close to the same thing MS is doing.It is much less in mb than MS.
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