Most of you probably own and use a laptop or desktop computer and a smartphone. Many of you have a tablet. As we age, the tablet will become more and more important, and eventually the tech device we use most.
There are many reasons that the tablet will become our primary computing device:
1. For those of us that sell our family home and downsize, tablets take up almost no room.
2. If we develop arthritis in our hands, not needing to use a mouse will make computing much easier.
3. I already have trouble lugging a laptop around. Tablets, especially the mini tablets, weigh almost nothing.
4. With the newer laptop/tablet combination, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, you have all the benefits of a real laptop. However, you can remove the screen and it becomes a touchscreen tablet. As more brands begin to make these hybrids, people of all ages might begin using them.
5. Tablets are the best computing devices for kids because of the apps and the size. As boomers become grandparents, having a tablet will be a big plus while babysitting.
The smartphone has almost all of the above benefits, however I think we will be using it less and less as we age. Having to grab our reading glasses all the time will become a nuisance. We can do everything from our tablet that we use our phone for except for calling. We can even make texts from tablets, as long as we have Wi-fi. And actually, if you have Skype downloaded on your tablet, you can make free Skype calls with Wi-fi or cellular.
I have been a very big fan of tablets since I bought my first iPad, and I’m an even bigger fan now that I have an iPad mini. I still need to use my desktop computer everyday because there are many work related tasks that the iPad can not do. However, I am sure that eventually there will be more tablets that will be able to act like computers and I’m looking forward to that day.
It is like the Papa bear, the Mama bear and the Baby bear – The Laptop is too big, the Smartphone is too small, but the Tablet is just right! What do you think?