The Appeal Of Tablet Computers
Whilst I much prefer reading on an e-reader, I am far from immune to the charms of tablet computers. Fortunately it’s not an “either – or” scenario, you can have a tablet and an e-reader – and a notebook, and a smartphone, and a desktop, and a spare tablet – technology is definitely part of our everyday life right now.
I use my e-reader for reading on and my tablet for fun – playing games, watching video etc. That’s a big part of the appeal of tablet computers; they are fun. Most tablet computer purchases are by individuals for their own personal use, and “personal use” is normally defined as having fun.
As you can see, mobiles dominate early in the morning as people entertain themselves during the journey to work. During office hours PCs (both desktops and laptops) dominate as the corporate world puts its nose to the grindstone. Tablet computer usage dominates from the early evening onwards.
A fair bit of the tablet usage will also be of the multi-tasking type. A lot of people use their tablets when they are sitting on the sofa watching a movie or TV show. They can dip in and out of e-mail, social networks and games as they see fit.
Tablet Computers For Fun
Some people will point out that tablets aren’t, and can’t be, as productive as a good solid laptop or desktop – and they’re right. Whilst you may be able to use your tablet to perform a lot of, maybe even most of, the tasks that laptops and desktops can be used for, you’ll often find yourself jumping through hoops and using workarounds to get the job done.
However, in addition to being absolutely correct, those who point out tablets’ shortcomings in the productivity arena are also completely missing the point. Tablets are not meant to be productive, they are meant to be entertaining, enjoyable and fun to use.
That forms a big part of their appeal. It’s like having your own mobile entertainment center, right there in your hand. And you can pop them in your bag and take them with you wherever you want. No need for an external mouse, laptop cooling pad, power cable etc. – tablets are truly mobile devices.
Another major factor in the appeal of tablet computers is the fact that they are very easy and intuitive to use. Many people who would not normally enjoy using a traditional computer with a QWERTY keyboard and mouse will quite happily pick up a tablet computer and start swiping, prodding, tapping and poking away.
I have personally seen lifelong technophobes pick up a tablet computer and be almost cooing with pleasure as they realize just how easy it suddenly is to perform all of those tasks that have eluded them up until their introduction to tablet computing. Suddenly e-mail is accessible and they can find stuff on Google at will!
Tablet Computers For Kids
I have also seen children as young as 3 using tablet computers and seniors, well into their eighties, swiping and tapping away at a tablet. Even without the previously mentioned “fun factor”, the wide ranging appeal of tablets would be enough to secure significant sales.
When it comes to tablets for children, parents basically have the choice of a specially designed “kid’s tablet”, something from LeapFrog or VTech perhaps, or an entry level standard tablet – possibly with the addition of a childproof (if there truly is such a thing) case.
Amazon even offers a “Kids Edition” of their Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7 tablets. It’s basically a Fire HD in a special case with easy to use parental controls and access to Amazon’s massive content system of kid’s apps, games, books and videos – plus (get this) a two year no-questions asked warranty against whatever damage your little darlings can inflict upon it!
If your kids break it, no problem – send it back and Amazon will give you a new one by return! When it comes to peace of mind, that really is about as good as it gets.
Tablet Computers For Seniors
At the other end of the scale, tablet computers for seniors are just as popular. Tablets can be a whole new window on the world for senior citizens. They can use them to keep in touch with friends and family via e-mail, social networks and VOIP. They can listen to music, keep up with current affairs and watch videos.
Another interesting fact is that more and more seniors are not just discovering tablets, but also the joy of computer games. These may not be exactly the same games that teenagers play – although if Grandfather enjoys playing GTA why not? – but there are plenty of enjoyable and diverting games available for seniors to enjoy.
There have even been some studies which suggest that this type of gaming activity helps keep the brain active and can even prevent, or delay, memory loss and other deterioration of mental faculties. It’s entertaining, good fun and good for your mind. Not too shabby all things considered.
As with children’s tablets, you can source tablet computers which are specifically designed for seniors – or you can opt for a standard tablet and install whatever apps you think are needed (you’ll have plenty of choices). Whichever way you go, a tablet computer can be absolutely great for an elderly relative.
Tablet Computers Are Fun
So hopefully that explains some of the appeal of tablet computers. They appeal to all ages, from the youngest to the oldest in society – and all points in between,
You can get all wrapped up in the technical specifications of all the various tablets available on the market right now if you want – but the real secret behind the success of tablet computers is the fact that they are fun, fun, FUN!