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What is the Future of Tablet Computing?

Posted August 17, 2011 8:35 AM

Since its introduction in the marketplace well over a year ago, the tablet has gained widespread acceptance among consumers worldwide. What will be the next innovation in tablet design? Will future tablets be inductively charged? How will tablet manufacturers match the design efficiency of Apple's groundbreaking product? How are tablets driving a new age of web design trends?

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08/18/2011 12:27 AM

Until tablets have the tactile quality of good keyboards, I will tend to avoid using them. The 2-3mm of key depression has not been well mimicked, so far as I have seen. Even laptops tend to be a bit shy.

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08/18/2011 12:13 PM

You are revealing your age a bit.

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08/19/2011 3:01 AM

Really? Are there some decent tablets that my geezership has missed out on?

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08/18/2011 4:17 AM

I was lucky enough to will a 7" tablet computer a month or so ago but I don't see that I have any use for it. It's obviously very cleverly designed & has lots of functions but I found it very awkward to use. It's too big to be considered a pocket device so I think this will be heading towards one of my children.

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08/18/2011 6:47 AM

As someone who is responding on my iPad, after first reading the entry on my iPhone, it seems obvious to me that much of the time, I do not need the strength of my laptop computer's programs. Desk top computers took over from dumb terminals in the office when it was obvious that efficiency would benefit by the change. Laptops took over from the desk top, when it became obvious that the transportability improved perfomance for many employees, and the common platform reduced maintenance costs. As much as I like my iPad, it does not have the computing power to replace the laptop I use at work. The iPad, at best, fills a small nitch place in the business IT needs. The iPad with its aps, fills a much larger non commercial nitch. Tablets meant to compete with the iPad, need to start with a large number of aps. Tablets meant to compete with the business laptop, need to show an employee productivity benefit. The iPad has a lot of weaknesses, which I handle by having my laptop behind the location where I normally use my iPad. A tablet, with appropriate aps, that would let me not need the power of my laptop would be very tempting. The tablet would need to have the same capacity as my business laptop before I would be tempted there.

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08/22/2011 2:30 PM

I wish our culture could take a fork in the road. I understand this response will seem a bit too general and possibly irrelevant [for the subject presented for discussion], to some or many, in fact.

There is already way too much dependency on technology. Information and communication "devices" have watered down the real communication between humans. Discussions in forums can easily become misconstrued because someone forgets to put the right emoticon to give the text they've written an emotional context. Also, it creates a mentality where it is easy to say to ourselves, "I don't need to remember information anymore, it's only a few keystrokes away." There are some advantages in our technology that seem helpful -- GPS devices are one example. But human nature being what it is, there is a dark side to all of the technology at our disposal these days.

I am glad to be older with fewer years left to live. It is becoming increasingly harder to relate to a culture that takes it for granted that technological advances are always good. When people panic at the thought of losing the ability to text or make a phone call while walking down the street or from the bathroom, they have lost touch with an "inner" life, to my way of thinking. It is hard to appreciate nature while your thumbs and eyes are occupied on a little device you are holding. And even when you are through with your "communication," now as you continue to walk along, you are thinking about what you've just typed and are still missing your "natural" environment. People's lives center around technology to such an extent that it consumes their thinking. As one who has almost always liked "gadgets," (but who is more reflective as I get older), I can't help thinking technology needs to be de-emphasized somehow.

I know... it helped foster a revolution in Egypt. So maybe my view is a bit skewed. But Egyptians have integrated this technological dependency in a different way in their culture. People to people interactions have a stronger tradition in many other countries as opposed to more developed countries, like the U.S. How often do you (U.S. readers) visit with more than 1 or 2 neighbors in your neighborhood and it not be part of some organized meeting? You will see large riots in the streets of other countries over political unrest much more often than you would see here. I truly feel some temperance is needed with technology. I'm just not sure how we go about achieving it.

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